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21-year old Congolese Entrepreneur Wins $25,000 as 2019 Anzisha Prize Winner

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.

November 1, 2019 | ,

Spencer Horne’s ’08 Cloudline Soars to Quartz Africa Innovators List 2019

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.

November 1, 2019 | ,

Júlia Agudogo ’11 Creates a Low-Cost Cervical Cancer Screening Tool

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.

November 1, 2019 | ,

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.

November 1, 2019 | ,

ALA Student Tapiwa Gambura announced as the winner of the Jozi Film Festival

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.

November 1, 2019 | , ,

Beyond Education Series Ignites Education Conversations in Six Cities

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.”

November 1, 2019 | ,

Beauclaire Mbanya (’14) Receives $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Grant

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.

September 30, 2019 | ,

Deepshikha Parmessur (’13) appointed Prime Minister of Mauritius National Youth Parliament

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.

September 30, 2019 |

Say Hello to ALA’s Class of 2019!

From entrepreneurs and activists to inventors and artists, our 12th cohort of students has finally arrived on campus, and we are incredibly excited to meet and welcome them to the ALA community.

September 30, 2019 |

Anzisha Prize Announces the Top 20 Young African Entrepreneurs for 2019

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.

September 30, 2019 | ,

ALA’s Africa Careers Network Trains Teachers Across the Continent

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.

September 30, 2019 | , ,

My Experience Leading ALA Recruitment in Francophone Africa…And Working Remotely

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.

September 26, 2019 |

Deborah Alongi (’14): Using Education to Build Communities in Kinshasa, DRC

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…

September 2, 2019 | ,

Tiassa Mutunkei (’18) Advocates for Wildlife at the 2019 NEWF Congress

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)…

September 2, 2019 | ,

Tanatsei Gambura (’17) Wins Prestigious Diana Award for Social Impact Work

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…

September 2, 2019 | ,