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#1 School of

the Future

MASK Awards 2022

Art shapes creativity, creativity shapes innovation,

innovation shapes the world

MASK Awards is creativity and innovation competition with prizes for schools and young people in Africa

Enter your best ART or INNOVATIONS.

Push the boundaries of your imagination!

Showcase your creativity to the world!

Win great prizes! 

Media Partners (Kenya): The Star, Citizen TV, HOT 96 Radio

MASK Awards 2022

now open



All schools

and young people

under 25 in Africa

can participate

Youth unemployment is critical. As a result of COVID-19 measures, millions more jobs have been lost. Have you considered entrepreneurship as a career option? Can you generate your own job which you care passionately about? 

Current education system is not fit for purpose in modern society. Put in place over a century ago, it still teaches students to perform repetitive tasks, rather than generate original solutions. Can you imagine a new type of education that empowers young people for the life in the 21 century?

#2 Young Entrepreneur

Innovation Awards

The prizes:

  • Fully-paid internships at top companies
  • Representation on our Innovation Gallery
  • Best ideas presented to business and policy community

Creative people shape the future driving innovations.

Enter your innovative solutions to one of these challenges.

It takes just one idea to change the world. And it could be yours! 

Humanity is facing an environmental emergency. World leaders have failed to address the problem. Do you have ideas about how humanity can organise its social and economic life so our planet can thrive?

The prizes:

  • Schools receive up to 100,000 Ksh in total
  • Winning artists receive cash up to 200,000 Ksh in total, representation on our Art Gallery and participation in our national and international exhibition programme

Art Awards

Creativity shapes innovation, but it is art that shapes creativity. Art better than any other subject teachers us to imagine and invent.


Enter your best artworks on any theme and in any medium.

How to participate

#1  Create a MASK account as a SCHOOL or an INDIVIDUAL, or log into your account

#2  Read the briefs and upload your best ART or INNOVATIONS before 1 May 

#3  Celebrate creativity by attending our Awards Ceremony in Nairobi in October 

Past Awards

MASK Awards is a nonprofit programme pioneered by MASK in Kenya in 2013. Browse our past MASK Awards winners, award ceremonies and exhibitions:

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Our partners

These visionary media, prizes and venue partners help MASK Awards to be such a success.

Andrew Skipper

A personal donor

Images on this page are by MASK talent: William Mukiri, Haji Ibrahim, Alpha Odhiambo, Edwin Wainaina