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By | March 22nd, 2017

The young students aged 16-19 selected to take part in African Leadership Academy’s (ALA’s) two-year pre-university diploma programme are bestowed with an enormous responsibility to consider sustainable and innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges. The scholars leave their homes and families for a long time and while mature enough to do this, still need the deep […]

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By | March 8th, 2017

Did you know that Steve Jobs left university and founded Apple in his twenties? Or that Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook while he was an undergraduate at Harvard? Honing your entrepreneurial skills as a young student  Most young people spend their time worrying about exams or getting the latest gadget, they seldom think about starting a […]

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By | March 6th, 2017

After a continent-wide search for a new Dean of the Academy, we are thrilled to welcome former faculty member, Hatim Eltayeb back to our campus to fill this pivotal role. A Sudanese national, Hatim was among the first faculty members of ALA.  Hatim taught primarily in the African Studies department.  He also chaired the Seminal Readings […]

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By | February 22nd, 2017

The World Leading Schools Association (WLSA) is an organisation comprising of a group of schools who form part of the association. ALA is part of the association that sees our students being part of exchange programs as they grow in their leadership journey. We had a delegation of WLSA Shangai who visited our campus recently. […]

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By | February 16th, 2017

Getting a venture off the ground or growing an existing business as a young entrepreneur can be difficult: raising capital without a solid credit history or having valuable assets to use for security are a challenge. The good news is there are organisations that offer funding opportunities to help rising stars shine. We believe that […]

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By | February 9th, 2017

In 2016, Goodman Lepota secured two internships any student would covet – in May, he joined the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and recently went on to intern at New York advertising and marketing firm, Grey. After graduating from African Leadership Academy in 2013 he took a gap year, traveling to Scotland, England, Rwanda and the United […]

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By | February 7th, 2017

Bradley Opere, an African Leadership Academy (ALA) alumni from Kenya was elected the University of North Carolina’s Student Body President. One of his aims is to change the perception and narrative of African leadership. Here, he weighs in on various subjects. There Is a Bond before a Transaction According to Bradley, the networks we become […]

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By | January 12th, 2017

African Leadership Academy alumni Mohamed Echkouna is an aspirant film director. He identifies himself as simply an artist who recognises people as the answer to their own problems. He challenges Africans to start telling their own stories as a means to unite the continent as well as to make their individual mark  in the history […]

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By | January 5th, 2017

Why ALA: making the right career choices at an early age Finishing school and deciding on your next step has to be one of the most exciting times of your life. Standing on the threshold of the rest of your life with innumerable experiences and opportunities ahead of you, it’s bound to fill you with […]

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By | December 27th, 2016

Africa has great potential for change to ensure sustainable growth which could lead to prosperity. With young people at the helm, reshaping the African narrative is no longer a distant dream. According to Fred Swaniker, the African continent lacks ethical leadership. How does ethical leadership change Africa for the better? Well, Fred founded two organisations […]

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By | December 22nd, 2016

Africa has a historic record of impressive and influential people. When you think about your heroes you probably immediately have some vivid images: the picture of Nelson Mandela with a raised fist in a jubilant crowd after being released from prison, or Kofi Annan standing in front of the General Assembly at the United Nations […]

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By | December 14th, 2016

“A handful of lion-hearts can wake the whole world up.” ― Abhijit Naskar One of the things that makes being at an academy like ours so great is the people that we are lucky enough to come into contact with. The young people who have studied with us have gone on to do some pretty incredible things […]

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By | December 8th, 2016

A few months ago, learners at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa protested against archaic hair rules that discriminated against natural African hair. They were angry about having to use harmful and expensive chemical relaxants to adhere to Western grooming standards. Their protest made us deeply question our prejudice against African women’s appearance, and […]

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By | November 17th, 2016

A talented group of teenagers from all over the world gathered in one room, thinking how best to halt the devastating effects of climate change on Africa. The continent that contributes the least to global warming ironically bears the brunt of its consequences: Africa’s most economically and socially vulnerable people feel the full might of severe drought, food […]

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By | June 27th, 2016

The content below is originally from the Yale-NUS Admissions Blog. The piece was written by a classmate and friend of Rima Bettaieb who was inspired by the young leader’s socially conscious and charismatic character. Rima shares her experience whilst at ALA, her new journey in college and the plans she has as she pursues a […]

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By | June 16th, 2016

Please note this is adapted from a series of columns written by Segun Olagunju in 2011 for YMS Magazine in Johannesburg. “Moreover, leadership is not by itself good or bad, but it is how we use our leadership that will determine whether our leadership is determined to be positive or negative.” As of last year […]

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