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New Video for Prospective ALA Students and Parents

We have a new video that has been in production for a few months. It features our new Dean, Hatim Eltayeb, as well as our young leaders and teachers. The video also includes new aerial shots of our growing campus! Thank you to Faith Abiodun (Head, Program Recruitment and Partnerships) and the production team who […]

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Recreating Spaces and Redefining Learning

“Light, light, light” is the chief mantra of the Paradee Learning Commons building team, says Unathi Ntuli, Project Manager of our campus construction project, gripping the most recent plans while taking a tour of the construction site. At African Leadership Academy, a new and totally reimagined library is at the centre of this vision. The […]

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Takalani Malivha – The First ALA Alum Awarded MRF Scholarship

Congratulations to Takalani Malivha, an African Leadership Academy ­­­­­­alumna who has recently received the 2017 Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship! Takalani hails from the Limpopo Province in South African and graduated from ALA in 2011. Ever since her early days as a student, her talent and potential have set her apart. While on campus, Takalani was […]

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Searching the Depths for Africa’s Youth Talent

Among the remarkable first cohort of pupils to attend African Leadership Academy (ALA) when it opened in 2008 was DRC-born Joseph Munyambanza.  At 17 years old then, he certainly had a mind-blowing story to tell. Eleven years before his arrival at the academy, at age six, Munyambaza together with his family were forced to flee their home […]

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OMANG – Where Innovation Meets Education

“How is the knowledge I’m imparting to my students grounded in reality?” asked the teachers of specific subjects at African Leadership Academy in a quest to be as innovative and relevant as possible in a world starving for solutions to problems.  Most of us know the traditional curriculum model: math for an hour, English for another, resulting […]

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Student Enterprises Harness Power of Youth to Change Africa

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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Creating Great Infrastructure to Enable Great People

Creating a world-class institution that inspires the next Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai and the African Bill Gates – enabling our mission of developing the next generation of African leaders.  “Brutalism” was coined in the 1950s, describing a serious, imposing and monumental architectural style characterised by the use of roughly finished concrete formed and to the cynics, little imagination. Government […]

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ALA Staff and Anzisha Fellows Make a Splash at ALN2016 Conference

Each year, The African Leadership Network (ALN) hosts a gathering to celebrate Africa and the entrepreneurs who contribute to its continuous development. The ALN2016 gathering took place in Mauritius from the 2nd-4th of November and was marked by significant contributions from both Anzisha Fellows as well as African Leadership Academy staff. Not only did these […]

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Agriculture Entrepreneur From Madagascar Wins $25,000 2016 Anzisha Grand Prize

African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to announce Heritiaina Randriamananatahina, 22 year-old agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar, as this year’s winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize in the sixth annual edition of Africa’s premier award for youth entrepreneurship. Heritiaina is the founder of Fiombonana, an agro-processing enterprise that manufactures dairy products and confectioneries […]

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Africa’s Leading Entrepreneurs

African Leadership Academy, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, present Africa’s top youth entrepreneur finalists for the sixth annual Anzisha Prize. This year, the Prize celebrates increased presence in Northern African markets such as Morocco and Egypt, and francophone countries such as Madagascar and Niger, and increased diversity in the business ventures represented. The increased […]

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The Power of the ALA Network

ALA alumni are fortunate to have opportunities that enable them to re-connect with one another, share experiences, and renew their focus on the continent; in various ways. They regularly participate in a series of leadership development activities, share ideas, and actively collaborate on ventures and projects that impact the continent, some of which happens during […]

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ALA Alumnus On His Pursuit Of Being #OxfordEddiecated

Edward (Eddie) Ndopu, an alumnus of the Academy’s inaugural class is an activist on disability rights, who sought to push boundaries from an early age. At age two he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. Once he reached the age of seven, however, he was determined to get an education and began attending regular school. Today, his […]

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Protected: June 2016 Parents’ Newsletter – Portuguese

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Protected: June 2016 Parents’ Newsletter – French

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Alumni Spotlight: From Africa to Yale

When Esther Soma was struggling with the essay portion of her Yale application, she knew where to turn for help. At the time, she was a student of the Academy. She sent her first draft to Chris Bradford (a member of Yale’s graduating class of 2000), our co-founder and chief executive officer. Bradford urged her to rewrite […]

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Protected: May 2016 Parents’ Newsletter – Portuguese

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