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African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders. Our Leadership Development formula is relatively simple: 


We comb Africa for youth who show the spark of initiative; who see what can be and strive to make it so. Read More


Young leaders complete an intensive program of intellectual growth and hands-on leadership development. Read More


Young leaders are guided by a powerful network along their path to transformative impact in Africa.  Read More

African Leadership Academy seeks to enable lasting peace and prosperity in Africa by developing and connecting the continent’s future leaders. Africa’s greatest need is ethical and entrepreneurial leadership. Too often, we invest in addressing the symptoms of bad leadership in Africa: we give blankets, food, and medicine to those impacted by war, poverty and famine. But these efforts will never stop unless we develop leaders who prevent wars from occurring in the first place, entrepreneurs who create jobs, and scientists who sustainably increase food production and access to healthcare.

 Our leadership development formula is relatively simple: we believe that by identifying young leaders with immense potential, enabling them to practice leadership, and connecting them with transformative opportunities, we can develop and empower the next Nelson Mandela, the next Wangari Maathai, and Africa’s Jonas Salk and Steve Jobs.

Two Year Pre-University Program  Each year, we identify young leaders between the ages of 15-19 from across the continent with demonstrated leadership potential, a passion for Africa, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a track record of community service. These impressive leaders undergo an innovative two-year program designed to prepare each student for a lifetime of leadership in Africa. ALA delivers world-class instruction with the foundational Cambridge International Examination (CIE) curriculum, and our flagship program, comprising: Leadership, Entrepreneurship and African Studies. Students are selected to attend the Academy based on merit alone. A student’s ability to pay tuition is not a factor in admissions decisions.

Gap-Year Program - ALA has a unique and exciting gap-year program. Students will get immersed in our flagship Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies program; they design and deliver a service-based learning program; and complete a guided final capstone project.

Global Scholars Program  -The Global Scholars Program (GSP) at African Leadership Academy is an intensive, three-week, global leadership summer program for a select group of secondary school students from across the world.  For more information, please visit or download our brochure.

We have consistently demonstrated excellence and have witnessed outstanding success with our flagship curriculum. Our students have been placed into leading global universities, including: Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Duke, New York University, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, London School of Economics, Ashesi University, University of Cape Town, and more. Our graduating students have thus far collectively earned over $35M in scholarship awards.

ALA’s young leaders have already started making an impact on Africa. They have launched 38 non-profit and for-profit enterprises since inception, and many of these enterprises continue to thrive on campus and in students’ home countries as sustainable organizations.

The World Economic Forum has recognized five ALA young entrepreneurs for the innovative organizations they have launched in their home countries. Two teams of ALA graduates from the inaugural class won the $10,000 Kathryn Davis Prize for Peace for their projects in Kenya and Morocco. Additionally, African Leadership Academy continues to receive increasing international recognition.

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The following are ways in which you can deepen your relationship with ALA and play an active role in helping us to develop the next generation of African leaders:

Visit the ALA Campus: Our campus is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Come see our unique leadership development model in action.

Expand the ALA Network: Recommend a high-potential young African leader to apply to ALA. Recommend them to apply to our 2-year pre-university program or our gap-year program, and/or our global scholars program.

Support an ALA Scholar: 85% of ALA students require full financial aid. Contribute financially as an individual—or come together through crowd funding with friends—to sponsor a half or full tuition scholarship.

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African Leadership Academy (ALA) is delighted...

Young Leader Blog

Priscilla Semphere
Jun 26, 2013

I didn't graduate from ALA. I simply wore a gown, and received a piece of paper ...

Maimuna Yussuf
Jun 26, 2013

I am immensely grateful for the experience