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ALA’s Bezos Scholars Host the 8th South African Ideas Festival

During the month of February, African Leadership Academy hosted the eight annual South African Ideas Festival (SAIF), bringing together 35 scholars from high schools and universities around South Africa, working on the theme: « Self-Taught Leadership ».
SAIF is a culmination of a year-long leadership development program, which enables a select group of ALA students to acquire skills and knowledge, firstly through participating at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, USA, and secondly through the Student Enterprise Program at ALA.

16 ALA Students Participate at Harvard and Georgetown Model United Nations

Over the past month, 16 first year students in ALA’s International Relations Council were selected to attend two of the world’s most internationally acclaimed Model United nations simulations; namely, the Harvard Model United Nations that takes place in Boston each year, and the Georgetown University Model United Nations that takes place in Qatar.

Maxwell Simba ’19: From Nairobi to Johannesburg via Hollywood

Growing up in small agricultural town called Kitali in northern Rift Valley, Kenya, Maxwell Simba discovered from a young age that that he had a passion for the arts, specifically acting. Today at African Leadership Academy, Maxwell is often found not only flexing his acting muscles with his peers in the Ubuntu Theatre Troupe on campus but also behind the camera documenting events as he aspires to pursue a path in film directing.

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Okong’o Kinyanjui ‘14 Selected for Third Internship with TED Fellows Program

Okong’o Kinyanjui has a true passion for TED and the TED Fellows program. Originally from Kenya and currently in his final year of studies at Quest University in Canada, he first interned with TED in 2017. As a Bezos Scholar, and thanks to the partnership between the Bezos Family Foundation and African Leadership Academy, Okong’o was selected to intern at the TED Global conference that took place in Arusha, Tanzania in 2017.

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Koffi Emmanuel Sadzi ’17 Takes the Road Less Traveled and Ventures to University in Israel

Koffi Emmanuel Sadzi ’17 from Togo made the daring decision to continue his education in Israel at Tel Aviv University. Koffi, who received the highest scores in A-level Physics in all of South Africa at the 2019 Cambridge International Examinations, is enrolled in the prestigious four-year engineering program at Tel Aviv University.


Noemi Duker ‘17 Wins Business Case Competition with Oberlin College

Speaking about her decision to participate in the competition, Noemi said, “I asked myself, ‘If I were not at ALA would I still have raised my hand and wanted to go for this?’ and I don’t think I would have….I’ve heard the founders of the school saying ‘We should always try to do the hard things and I kept that in mind.”

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Student Enterprise, AfroFem, Contextualizes Feminism at ALA and Beyond

Afro Feminism is a movement that aims to end sexism and sexist exploitations specifically on the African continent. The Student Enterprise (SE) does this in three ways; firstly, it contextualizes feminism in the African context through its various activities; secondly, Afro Fem builds a revenue chain by designing and selling creative merchandise (that has sold out on each print run so far); and lastly, it educates by sharing empowering information for women across the continent.

Five ALA Students Join MIT Peers on HIV Research Course in South Africa

The Evolution of an Epidemic course, which took place from 16-25 January, featured an immersive experience that introduced students to a holistic approach to the study of the HIV epidemic. Led by Dr. Walker and Professor Howard Heller from MIT Medical, five ALA students, Aroma Atieno (Kenya), Adetolani Odogiyon (Nigeria), Martin Lubowa (Uganda), Oluwamayowa Akinkugbe (Nigeria) and Essi Logan (Togo) joined 20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students on the course.

Top Global Firms Join ALA in Facilitating New York Professional Development Baraza

More than 60 ALA alumni and Mastercard Foundation scholars participated at the first professional development Baraza hosted by Africa Careers Network (ACN) in New York this month. The two-day gathering is one of a series of activities designed and implemented through African Leadership Academy to prepare young leaders in our network for early career transitions.

Developing Critical Thinking and Analysis through Seminal Readings at ALA

Each term at ALA, students, faculty and staff immerse themselves in a week-long exercise of studying and discussing carefully chosen texts, all reflecting the Academy’s founding beliefs and values: Seminal Readings. Over the course of the week, students cover six sets of readings, meeting in groups to analyze, discuss, and debate each set. The readings completed this term focused on « Creating a good society » for first year students, and « Ending prejudice » for second year students.


ALA Welcomes First Cohort from The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

African Leadership Academy welcomes 21 new students to our campus, marking the official start of ALA’s partnership with the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL).

Khauhelo ‘Mile ’18: Student Leader, Entrepreneur, and Self-Published Poet

Khauhelo ‘Mile ’18 is Chairlady of the ALA Student Government, the leader of multiple student enterprises, and most recently, the author of a self-published book of poetry, Puo Ea Pelo, exploring themes of social justice, sexuality, language, and patriotism.


Mareme Dieng ’13 Combines College with Leadership Role in Silicon Valley

Mareme Dieng ’13 from Senegal, is combining a rigorous schedule as a college Senior with a prestigious role as Head of International Partnerships and Relations at Draper University. As her…

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Award-Winning Entrepreneur Amy Wanday ’15, Shaping the Future of Sports in Africa

“My mission in life is to ensure that no other African child with a love for sport feels like they cannot pursue it in the industry. I also aim to…

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Tafadzwa Matika ‘10 Leading Change through Public Health and Agriculture

Tafadzwa Matika ’10 always had a passion for pursuing a career in Public Health, but he could hardly imagine combining this journey with a concurrent career path through agriculture. After…

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Coca-Cola’s Global Executive Team Engages ALA on Talent Development

On the 7th of November, African Leadership Academy hosted the Coca-Cola Global Executive Team, led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James Quincey, for a learning visit centered on…


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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