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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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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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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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Protected: May 2016 Parents’ Newsletter – French

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Protected: April 2016 Parents’ Newsletter – Portuguese

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Special Donation: Remembering Mr W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah

ALA is deeply saddened by the passing of W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah, and are honored to be able to pay tribute to his passion for Africa and commitment to supporting education and the future leaders of the continent. Most recently, Mr. Ofosu-Amaah’s efforts were directed at bringing about peace in South Sudan serving as Senior Advisor […]

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Pan-African Entrepreneurship Ideas at Enterprise Fest

“…my only career options were to either become a lawyer, doctor, engineer or a family failure.” Promoting entrepreneurship is a crucial element in this globalized world. Skills on design-thinking, risk taking, evaluation and identifying a gap in the market often leads to a business either becoming successful or becoming a failed statistic. Thus, the entrepreneurship […]

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