Sharon Muguwu 8 February 2017
HARARE – A 22-year-old Zimbabwean graphic designer, Quentine Nyoni, has
won a competition to design the logo for the African Union (AU) – a
54-member State continental body.
Nyoni – whose logo will now be the official AU 2017 theme emblem – beat
contenders from other African countries to bag $1 000 prize money.
The Union’s officials said they went through a very rigorous process
before settling for his logo, which will feature on AU’s communication
materials and publications.
According to Nyoni, his design features “the element of hands and
different gender symbols reaching towards each other, demonstrating the
desire of Africa’s young men and women to work together towards harnessing
the demographic dividend,” he said.
“The bars that protrude in and out of the African map represent the
statistics that prove that the continent is currently experiencing and
will continue to experience a youth bulge…,” Nyoni said.
Nyoni, who dreams of launching his own multimedia company one day, said he
was part of the youth precession at the opening ceremony of the heads of
State and government summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month.
“I got to present the official AU flag, with my logo on it, to African
heads of State and government. It was truly an honour . . . ,” he said.