The next generation of African

Entrepreneurs Artists Scientists Laureates Educators Innovators Diplomats Leaders

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of young leaders who are ready to accelerate the continent’s growth.

A community of diverse African potential

Since 2008, ALA has enrolled 1,588 students from over 38,000 applicants; a 4% acceptance rate representing the widest range of African diversity.


African countries represented


of students receive financial assistance

Joseph Gamil Mekaiel, '23


Empowering students across 8 countries through STEM education

Laurier Somi, ‘23


An award-winning entrepreneur and environmentalist

Leonah Ndlovu, ‘23

Zimbabwe & South Africa

Tackling period poverty and empowering youth

Abdulrasaq Amolegbe, '20


An innovative entrepreneur who is working to create a cash-to-cashless digital experience for immigrant students in Africa.

Geraldine Mukumbi, ’11


Dedicated educator who is pursuing a PhD at Stanford University as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

Ubongabasi Asuquo, ‘17


A health care advocate who aspires to address pressing public health concerns in Nigeria.

An investment to unlock opportunity

Since 2010, alumni have enrolled at 302 universities in 58 countries around the world and have accepted $210 million in university scholarships.


in university scholarships for every $1 spent in financial aid for ALA students


ALA alumni have continued their studies at the post-graduate level

Potential becomes impact

ALA alumni have started 355 ventures that have created 600 jobs, 577 of which are on the African continent.


young leaders placed in jobs and internships in 2022 by the Africa Careers Network


ALA alumni were elected to national legislature in 2022

Eddy Oketch, ‘08


A lifelong activist and Senator of Migori County.

Fatima Al Ansar, ’09


Internationally recognized women’s rights advocate and Mali’s youngest diplomat.

Mohamed Echkouna, ’11


Accomplished filmmaker and storyteller who was announced as one of six winners of a Netflix film competition.

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