Royalty Competition

The Royalty Competition is meant to showcase young scholars committed to developing leadership, education and community. 

Competition Overview

Through talent show, fashion show and questionnaire portions, applicants will be able to demonstrate confidence and skill, passion for their heritage and culture, and views and ideas on social justice and issues affecting Africans on a local, national and international level.

  • The competition is to empower, encourage, and celebrate the diversity of applicants already dedicated in their own schools and communities to advocate for positive social change for not only African Descendants, but all of humanity.
  • The Royalty competition staff is not responsible for any accident, injury, or loss during the competition.
  • Good sportsmanship is essential during the competition process. The Royalty competition staff will not tolerate any behavior that will in any way tarnish the reputations of the contestants and/or the competition. If any contestant doesn’t conduct themselves in a fair manner or disrupts the competition in any way, at any time, it will result in immediate disqualification and forfeiting of any awards.

Note: The Pan African Royalty Competition is not a beauty pageant or a popularity contest. Royalty will be screened and selected based on the applicant's ability to demonstrate academic performance, curricular and co-curricular involvement, and contributions and passion to their University and community.



  • Candidates must be an actively enrolled high school junior or senior, undergraduate or graduate student who is registered for the Pan African Conference.
  • Candidates must have at least a 2.60 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing at their current institution.
  • All candidates must have a Royalty Application completed by Sunday, March 21, 2021 by 11:59 p.m..
  • All Royalty Applicants must be able to attend and participate in the Royalty Competition at the Pan African Conference on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m..

Competition Rules


  • Responsibility.
    • The Royalty committee will consist of assigned individuals by the Director of African American Affairs and have the overall responsibility of competitors and committee members during the entire royalty process.
  • Tabulation of results.
    • The Pan African Royalty Committee Chairperson will be responsible for overseeing the tabulation and auditing of the results of each portion of the competition and will certify the final results of the competition. Actual scores received by any contestant will not be announced.
  • The two (2) contestants with the highest scores (out of a possible 480 points from 3 categories) will be chosen and crowned Pan African Royalty at the conclusion of the competition.

This is a fair competition judged by nonpartisan judges. All decisions are final.


Judges and Judging

Judge selection is as follows:

  • The Pan African Royalty Committee will provide the names of four (4) individuals to serve as judges for the competition, one (1) alternate will be chosen if another judge is not able to attend.
  • The judges will review the rules of the competition and categories prior to the commencement of the competition and make any announcements regarding the rules to the Royalty Committee and all contestants prior to the start of the competition.
  • If a judge does not attend the scheduled competition for any reason, the competition will continue, and the missing judge will be replaced with the designated alternate judge.
  • The specific scores for any part of the competition will not be announced.

Competition Categories

Requirements and guidelines for individual portions of the Royalty Competition are as follows:

Fashion Show

  • Competitors will choose, wear, and present a culturally styled outfit.
  • The outfit chosen may be made, purchased, or borrowed, but should exude individual personality, style, and pan-African heritage.
  • Each judge (four in total) has 30 points to award for each contestant.

Talent Show

  • Competitors may choose any type of talent/skill they wish as long as it includes or is themed around a connection to pan-African culture.
  • There is a three (3) 3-minute time limit for each individual performance. Each judge (four in total) has a total of 40 points to award for each contestant.


  • There is a 3 (3) minute time limit for each contestant during their question response.
  • Each contestant will select a judge at random who presents a question focused on various social, cultural, and political topics.
  • Each judge (four in total) has a total of 50 points to award each contestant.

Royalty Candidate Application