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

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,…

10 Tips for Women Who Seek to Serve in Public Leadership

“Politics is essentially about solving the problem of the whole … Leadership is gender neutral” ~ Dr. Oby Ezekwesili At a time when the world has been driven into introspection, as our civilisation adapts to the realities of the fourth industrial revolution, we find ourselves at the ideal point to revise woman participation in global…

Mainza Moono ’08 Democratizes Art Ownership With New Venture

Picture three people in a gallery: A painter, a hotel manager, and a young urban professional. They don’t know it yet, but each person here is facing a difficulty that unites them. For the artist, the COVID-19 pandemic has added more difficulty to making a steady income; the manager is looking for a simpler way…

Welcome to ALA’s New Deputy Dean, Tinhiko Nkuna

We are incredibly excited to introduce Ms Tinhiko Nkuna who joins African Leadership Academy as Deputy Dean.   Tinhiko graduated from Rhodes University with a B.A. degree in Legal Theory and French. She went on to read for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, majoring in French and History teaching, and then obtained a BEd (Honours) degree…

Gabriele Oettingen and Angela Duckworth Train ALA Faculty to “WOOP”

African Leadership Academy has partnered with renowned psychologist Angela Duckworth and professor of psychology Dr Gabriele Oettingen in an exciting project centred around WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan), a science-based reflection tool developed by Dr Oettingen that helps people achieve their goals.  The WOOP collaboration forms part of ALA’s commitment to further cultivate and measure…

AL for Agribusiness Announces Partnership with Small Foundation

Our AL for Agribusiness network is excited to announce its partnership with Small Foundation, whose generous contribution will accelerate the delivery of a multi-year program to support young leaders as they navigate through the complexities of the agribusiness sector in Africa. The partnership aims to build an aspirational network that connects and supports young leaders…

Saad Mankarious ’20 Develops E-Learning App to Boost Student Engagement

Meet first-year Egyptian student Saad Mankarious who is, quite literally, changing the game when it comes to encouraging higher student engagement in learning. Designed and coded by Saad, EducationGo is an e-learning platform that applies the novel concept of gamification to boost the engagement of students with learning in school. Once a user joins the…

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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.