It was a night of celebration as the Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy (ALA) and Mastercard Foundation, awarded $25 000 to 21-year-old Yannick Kimanuka from the Democratic Republic of Congo and crowned her the winner of the 2019 Anzisha Prize. The KIM’s School Complex, founded by Yannick in 2018, is a nursery and primary school which aims to improve how children perform academically in school in her community.
This past month has seen ALA alumnus Spencer Horne’s innovative logistics company, Cloudline, win big. The revolutionary startup not only earned Spencer a spot on this year’s Quartz Africa Innovators List but was also announced the winner of Santam’s Safety Ideas Challenge – walking away with R100 000 in incubator funding and seed capital.
As a Biomedical Engineering student at Duke University, Júlia Sroda Agudogo ’11 designed a low-cost non-invasive cervical screening tool for women, earning first place at the Rice 360 Global Health Design Competition. She has now taken this further as part of the core founding team that envisioned, created, and runs The Calla Campaign that recently designed and optimized a novel cervical visualization device, called a Callascope Inserter, for use in low-resource settings.
Liberia’s President Commissions Changemakers Village, Founded by Marvin Tarawally ’11 and James Kiawoin ’08
Liberian President, George Weah emphasized the importance of education for Liberia’s development at the official launch of SMART Liberia’s Changemakers Village earlier this year, providing a stamp of approval for Marvin Tarawally ’11, James Kiawoin ’08 and their team who co-founded SMART Liberia to provide much needed support for students and entrepreneurs in Liberia. Since its founding, the organization has worked with over 25 schools and directly impacted over 500 students.
When ALA student Tapiwa Gambura purchased her very first camera in November 2018, she never imagined that less than a year later she would be the winner of a major film festival. Nevertheless, on October 6th, Tapiwa celebrated as she received a $2,500 check for winning the Jozi Film Festival and Discovery Network’s “Real Stories By Real People” award with her short film, Redefining the Road.
Through the Beyond Education conferences series, senior executives from African Leadership Academy, education leaders from around the world, and a cohort of young African changemakers under 30 explore the future of education, leadership, and development in Africa. The theme for 2019 is “Developing Changemakers: How to Prepare the Next Generation for Careers of Impact.”
Junior Beauclaire Mbanya (’14), currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester, was recently awarded a Davis Project for Peace grant for his program “Togetherness for Peace”, which he hosted in his hometown of Douala, Cameroon.
Deepshikha Parmessur (’13), was recently appointed Prime Minister at the Mauritius National Youth Parliament, becoming the first female holder of the office, and adding a prominent layer to her growing profile in the public sector.
After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019. The winner will be announced at the ninth annual Anzisha Prize Forum on 22nd October in Johannesburg, South Africa.
How do you equip young students from across the African continent in order for them to fast track their career trajectories for maximum impact? Train the Trainer, a pilot program born out of a partnership between ALA’s Africa Careers Network (ACN) and the Mastercard Foundation, sought to find this out.
Although I work remotely, I constantly meet people and for me, the greatest rewards is to see the vision of ALA unfold in the lives of young Africans.
When ALA alumnus Deborah Alongi (’14) boarded a plane home to Kinshasa after completing her two-year diploma at African Leadership Academy, she was not sure what awaited her as she…
African Leadership Academy second year student and #Teens4Wildlife founder, Tiassa Mutunkei (18), spoke passionately about ending the illegal wildlife trade at the 2019 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF)…
ALA alumnus Tanatsei Gambura (’17) was recently named a Diana Award recipient for her crucial work with 25 May Movement – a creative collective that she founded at the age…