Applications to ALA's selective, two-year pre-university program will reopen in June 2021 for the class of 2022.

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African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders, aged 15 - 18, from across Africa and around the world. Only the most passionate and brilliant young leaders can transform the future of our continent. Are you one of them?

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Read about ALA alumni making an impact on the continent and around the world.

Netflix Film Star Maxwell Simba ’19 Opens Production Company for African Talent

Maxwell Simba ’19, Kenyan star of the Netflix film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, has launched his very own production company, Young Blak and Talented Vision Studios (YBTVS). The studio is the final product of Maxwell’s hard work during his ALA journey and his desire to create a space to support African creatives on…

Natalia Sikombe ’12 Creates Cinematic Drive-in in her Hometown of Lusaka

The pandemic has adversely affected almost every area of daily life and the past year has made it abundantly clear that life may not go back to the way it was. However, this has created the space for innovation and entrepreneurship. ALA alumna and newest member of our staffulty, Natalia Sikombe ’12, saw an opportunity…

Creative Arts at ALA Adds Student-led “Curating Africa” to Curriculum

In its new offering titled “Curating Africa”, our Creative Arts department is deconstructing and reimagining the concept of curation. Year 2 student Towela “Kams” Tembo ‘19 from Botswana is leading this 10-week program whose curriculum is stripping down the concept of curating with the aim of using tools learnt in these classes to solve a…

What Should Educators Know about Entrepreneurial Leadership?

By Oluwabusola Majekodunmi, Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty from Nigeria. Many have wondered why Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL) is one of the core subjects taught at African Leadership Academy (ALA). The answer is simple, we believe that at the heart of transforming the African continent, there’s a need for a crop of leaders who are not only patriotic…

Aniaba N’guessan ‘18 puts Entrepreneurial Lessons to use in Ivory Coast

Just nine months after his ALA graduation and alumnus Aniaba Moaye Jean-Baptiste N’guessan ‘18 is already making an impact in his community in the best way he knows how: using his creative prowess and the lessons he learnt at ALA. Through his entrepreneurship agency, design studio, self-published autobiography and other colourful endeavours, Aniaba seeks to…

ALAMAU 2021: Youth Placing Themselves at the Helm of Solution Building

The eighth edition of African Leadership Academy’s Model African Union (ALAMAU) took place between the 18th and 21st March, making this the first virtual conference in ALAMAU’s history.   Led by 52 students, with the support of ALA faculty members, this unique edition of the flagship conference saw over 250 delegates from a number of schools…

Amazon Places Kaffa Sakho ’13 at #1 for New Releases in African Poetry

On 19 January 2021 ALA alumna Kaffa Sakho ’13 released her new poetry book titled Etcetera – A Conversation about Love, to much adoration. Within its first few weeks of release, the book took the top spot on Amazon at number 1 in the New Release in African Poetry category and retained the position for…

Google Explores ALA’s Seminal Readings in the Workplace

One of the core activities in ALA’s unique curriculum, Seminal Readings, has made its way to Google. Three ALA alums, Goodman Lepota ‘11, Tom Mbega ‘10 and Alheri Egor-Egbe ‘11, who all work at Google’s EMEA headquarters in Ireland brought Seminal Readings to the workplace. When thinking of ways to engage with and energize colleagues…

Year 1 Students Awarded Diplomatic Commendation at Harvard Model United Nations Conference

Over the past month, ten Year-1 students participated in the Harvard Model United Nations conference and impressed their moderators coming away with two awards of Diplomatic Commendation. Participating in sessions overnight because of the time difference, the ALA students; Fareedah Imam ’20 of Nigeria , Adaye Sosthene Yvan N’guettia ’20 of Cote D’Ivoire, Qasana Okuhle…

Mobilizing Youth For Change Through the Pariah Nation Podcast

“What does it mean when we start our history at slavery?” asks Adnan Shafi ’17, a Kenyan ALA alum who is asking these and other questions on his powerful educational podcast – Pariah Nation. This pertinent question gives a glimpse into the overarching aim of Adnan’s podcast: and that is to empower Africans. More specifically,…

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The Academy is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The Academy’s policy in respect to admissions is consistent with African Leadership Academy’s policy on non-discrimination. As such, in accordance with our value of diversity and in compliance with South African law, ALA does not discriminate on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity (or tribal affiliation), wealth or income.