Thought Leadership

By | January 12th, 2017

African Leadership Academy alumni Mohamed Echkouna is an aspirant film director. He identifies himself as simply an artist who recognises people as the answer to their own problems. He challenges Africans to start telling their own stories as a means to unite the continent as well as to make their individual mark  in the history […]

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By | January 5th, 2017

Why ALA: making the right career choices at an early age Finishing school and deciding on your next step has to be one of the most exciting times of your life. Standing on the threshold of the rest of your life with innumerable experiences and opportunities ahead of you, it’s bound to fill you with […]

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By | December 27th, 2016

Africa has great potential for change to ensure sustainable growth which could lead to prosperity. With young people at the helm, reshaping the African narrative is no longer a distant dream. According to Fred Swaniker, the African continent lacks ethical leadership. How does ethical leadership change Africa for the better? Well, Fred founded two organisations […]

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By | December 22nd, 2016

Africa has a historic record of impressive and influential people. When you think about your heroes you probably immediately have some vivid images: the picture of Nelson Mandela with a raised fist in a jubilant crowd after being released from prison, or Kofi Annan standing in front of the General Assembly at the United Nations […]

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By | December 14th, 2016

“A handful of lion-hearts can wake the whole world up.” ― Abhijit Naskar One of the things that makes being at an academy like ours so great is the people that we are lucky enough to come into contact with. The young people who have studied with us have gone on to do some pretty incredible things […]

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By | December 8th, 2016

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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By | November 17th, 2016

A talented group of teenagers from all over the world gathered in one room, thinking how best to halt the devastating effects of climate change on Africa. The continent that contributes the least to global warming ironically bears the brunt of its consequences: Africa’s most economically and socially vulnerable people feel the full might of severe drought, food […]

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By | June 27th, 2016

The content below is originally from the Yale-NUS Admissions Blog. The piece was written by a classmate and friend of Rima Bettaieb who was inspired by the young leader’s socially conscious and charismatic character. Rima shares her experience whilst at ALA, her new journey in college and the plans she has as she pursues a […]

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By | June 16th, 2016

Please note this is adapted from a series of columns written by Segun Olagunju in 2011 for YMS Magazine in Johannesburg. “Moreover, leadership is not by itself good or bad, but it is how we use our leadership that will determine whether our leadership is determined to be positive or negative.” As of last year […]

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By | June 9th, 2016

About the report This report was written by Faith Abiodun (Director of ALAMAU). The report highlights this year’s conference and the outcomes that came from the week long simulation. ALAMAU registration for 2017 is now open; and we look forward to your applications. Visit the website to learn more about the registration process and to apply. […]

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By | May 19th, 2016

Carmen Augusto, an alum and member of the Class of 2009 at ALA recently graduated  from Smith College and had the honor of delivering the student speech (below) at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 14.  Oi Gente! Bom dia, good morning, Smithies, families, friends, and Class of 2016! I am Carmen Augusto, […]

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By | May 5th, 2016

Committing yourself to identifying, developing and connecting the next generation of African leaders is no small task. Since our inception in 2008, African Leadership Academy has received over 22000 applications from all 54 countries of the continent. We work hard to ensure that the final applicant pool includes Africans from all walks of life and […]

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By | April 7th, 2016

What is an African curriculum? This is fundamental question that takes into consideration the place, perspective and orientation that needs to be addressed in any reconceptualisation of a curriculum. When thinking about the transformation of curricula, it is also  vita’l to answer the following questions: Does an African curriculum mean simply adding new items to an existing […]

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By | March 17th, 2016

African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) is an annual conference for young leaders around Africa and across the world, simulating the activities of the African Union. ALAMAU was established in 2013 as a platform for young leaders to develop practicable solutions to African developmental challenges through diplomacy and international cooperation, in a format inspired […]

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By | March 3rd, 2016

I remember sitting in the chair, basking in the warm Colorado sun, during one of essential lessons on leadership by Mark Hoffer, our mentor and teacher during the Bezos Scholars Program in Aspen, Colorado. My body was still suffering from the ill and inevitable effects of jet lag and an aggressive caffeine rush triggered by […]

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By | February 25th, 2016

Muturi Njeri is a proud Kenyan native, who was a member of ALA’s class of 2009. Muturi’s passion for Africa, entrepreneurship and writing enabled him to become the co-founder of The African Youth Journals – an online interactive forum to help African youth connect and share ideas on how current affairs are affecting and shaping […]

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