Applications to ALA's selective, two-year pre-university program will reopen in June 2020 for the class of 2021.

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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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When you apply to ALA, you will be asked to think critically about your role in our changing world. Click on the links below to read more on the selection process and admission criteria.

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

Cornelia Kruah-Togba ’08 creates fund to help support small businesses in Liberia

Member of the inaugural ALA class, Cornelia Kruah-Togba is breaking boundaries as a public servant and advocate for youth and women’s empowerment in her home country of Liberia. Cornelia participated in the first ALforGovernance conversation on September 17th. During the discussion, she shared her authentic and inspiring experiences and reflected on the many challenges she has faced as a woman…

Ukairo Ukairo’s quest for African cinematic excellence

Born and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Ukairo Ukairo ’13 grew up in a household that fostered his keen interest in a legal career. His father is a lawyer and human rights activist and his mother a lawyer too having previously worked as a civil servant in the judiciary. However, it was Ukairo’s observation of the…

ALA set to globally showcase unique entrepreneurship curriculum at World Education Week

African Leadership Academy (ALA) has been selected as a showcase school at the upcoming World Education Week. The virtual conference, which takes place from 5 to 9 October 2020, has been billed as the world’s biggest education conference to share expertise and best practices. The conference seeks to support and advance the United Nation’s fourth…

Anzisha’s #ItStartsWithYou campaign showcases African entrepreneurship success stories

September saw the launch of The Anzisha Prize’s new mini-documentary and case study series about very young African entrepreneurs designed to enable high-school and university educators to engage students meaningfully about entrepreneurship as a career path. #ItStartsWithYou sheds light on eight very young Africans whose passions, commitments and grit showcase what it means to embark…

Meet ALA’s Class of 2020!

September is the month of new beginnings for many. Despite the challenging year this has been, we have kept to our traditions (such as hosting our annual opening ceremony – Taalu), and have just welcomed ALA’s Class of 2020 – all virtually. Say hello to ALA’s Class of 2020! This year, the class features 125…

Invisible Good(s) — Taalu 2020

Dean Hatim Eltayeb’s remarks to the entering class of 2020 at Taalu, 21 September 2020. Good afternoon academy. Today is a treasure, but a strange and difficult one. On the one hand, I am mourning the sunshine laughter of our typical Taalu. The quad resplendent with bright and hopeful fabric. Everything and everyone and everywhere…

Tapiwa Gambura ’18 – Reclaiming the African Narrative through Film

“I believe that individuals who have ideas can change the world, and I have ideas. How do we ensure that our continent emerges and gains the economic and political independence it deserves? This is what my life’s purpose should be about.”

ALforEducation’s Little Bets Challenge Highlights Fresh Thinking in Education

On August 20th and 21st, ALA had the honor of hosting its own virtual event, under our educational sector group: AL For Education. Titled “2020: A Year for Action”, the two-day online event saw powerful topics such as “Anti-bias education in Africa” and “The Future of African Education Post-COVID” discussed. One of the major highlights…

ACN Securing Internships During a Global Pandemic

How did we secure jobs during the height of one of the most devastating pandemics we have experienced in recent history? We chat with Ayado Ewinyu, Director of our Africa Careers Network (ACN) division to find out how the team pulled off an extraordinary feat: securing jobs for over 80% of this year’s ALA alumni…

Reimagining the Future of Secondary Education in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation’s latest report reveals that for every 100 young people that enter primary education, 9 will go on to tertiary education and 6 will complete it. What solutions can different stakeholders come up with to address this challenge and reimagine secondary education as a platform from which youth can transition directly into work? …

ALA Admissions

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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.