Thought Leadership

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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By | February 11th, 2016

Phoebe Miller (a faculty member at ALA) shares an amazing experience that she had with an ALA alumnus James Kiawoin, in December 2015. James is currently working at Last Mile Health – living the ALA mission. She interviewed him for a Global Health blog that she writes. She shares her thoughts on the promising future of Liberia, its healthcare system and […]

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By | February 4th, 2016

“I founded ALA because it was the right thing to do.” These are the simple words of ALA co-founder Peter Mombaur when asked to comment on what had motivated him and his three friends Acha Leke, Chris Bradford, and Fred Swaniker to start African Leadership Academy. They sought to build a world class institution that […]

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By | January 28th, 2016

“Serving others prepares you to lead others.” – Jim George Leading up to the festive season, myself along with Miranda Tichareva (Class of 2015) and Sizo Ncube (Class of 2015) boarded a bus destined for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on the evening of December 12, 2015. For us, going home from ALA during this break meant more than just […]

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By | January 21st, 2016

“Education is the human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” – Kofi Annan Do you ever look at the various issues in society and feel compelled to act? Would you like to play your role in transforming and developing your community, Africa […]

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By | January 14th, 2016

ALA alumni, Nelisile Mzolo shares her views as well as that of fellow alums regarding #ALAGivesBack. Nelisile is currently enrolled  at United States International University in Kenya. She, along with a few other alums, have recently spent time back on campus interning at various departments within the Academy – doing their part in developing the next generation […]

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By | January 7th, 2016

Sheila originally hails from the West African State of Nigeria where she attended the prestigious Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja. In 2010, an outspoken and ambitious Sheila joined the African Leadership Academy where she was a very active member of the community. While at ALA, Sheila furthered her passion for the arts; leading the school […]

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