Applications to ALA's selective, two-year pre-university program will reopen in July 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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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.

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Our graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 was conceptualized under the theme Aya – an Adinkra symbol that conveys endurance and resourcefulness. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary). Ayah (آية) is also an Arabic word which (when said of a…

Dr Dambisa Moyo’s Four Lessons for Young Leaders

Dr Dambisa Moyo has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is a prolific writer and commentator. Dr Moyo has written on China’s race for resources, the challenges facing Western Democracy, and the work of corporate boards. She began her career at Goldman Sachs and has served…

2021 Leadership Symposium Celebrates Extraordinary Research by New Graduates

On the morning of the Class of 2019’s graduation, the community enjoyed an impressive program of some of the most thought-provoking and ambitious research presentations. Six graduates presented their proposed solutions to some of Africa’s, and the world’s, most critical challenges in a virtual event which was open to students, staffulty, parents and supporters of…

SEGL at ALA Delivers Ethical Leadership Training for Young Trailblazers

Mairéad O’Grady is the Director of SEGL at ALA. She has been with The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) since 2012 and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2019 to launch the SEGL at ALA program. She teaches English/Writing & Rhetoric and French, and this past year marked her first decade as an…

Chmba Ellen Chilemba ‘10 Recognized as 2021 Kofi Annan Changemaker

Chmba Ellen Chilemba ‘10 from Malawi has been selected as one of 12 Kofi Annan Changemakers for 2021. Chmba is a music producer, DJ, and activist who works to create educational growth opportunities towards marginalized identities.  Chmba founded Tiwale at the age of 17 years old during a summer off from her studies at Mount…

ALA Alumni Emerge as Prize Winners at Oxford Africa Conference

The Living Machine‘s co-creator Jesse Forrester ’17 and Zambian entrepreneur Mainza Moono ’08 won first and third place respectively in the 2021 Innovation Fair of the Oxford Africa Conference for their work addressing critical challenges on the African continent. Jesse’s company Mazi is a Kenyan Mobility as a Service (MaaS) company leveraging clean energy to re-imagine…

African Leadership Academy names Bilha Ndirangu next CEO

Bilha comes to ALA after building Africa’s Talking into a pan-African technology leader. African Leadership Academy is proud to announce that Bilha Ndirangu will serve as its third CEO. Bilha will join the ALA community on July 1 and will assume leadership of one of Africa’s preeminent institutions. Bilha brings pan-African experience as a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial…

ALforEducation: A Community to Shape the Future of African Education

Over the past ten years, ALA has evolved from an audacious idea to a thriving institution with a passionate, diverse, and committed community. We are a magnet for exceptional young leaders and educators, and we seek to leverage our privileged position by fostering “sector communities” that accelerate transformational change on the continent. In our 2023…

Joel Baraka ’15 Gamifies the Ugandan Curriculum with My HOME Stars

Joel Baraka ’15 is reshaping learning in refugee camps through My HOME Stars – a Ugandan non-profit that increases curriculum accessibility for disadvantaged communities. His goal is to develop more accessible, fun, and engaging academic resources for both teachers and students, transforming schools and community centers into spaces learners look forward to spending most of…

ALforEducation’s Growth Lab Set to Bolster Young Edupreneurs’ Potential

Our ALforEducation network continues to develop the next generation of leaders in education in Africa through the Edupreneur Growth Lab 2021. The program is offered in partnership with Future Fund for Education (FFE), an initiative that invests financial and intellectual capital into some of Africa’s most impactful education entrepreneurs. The Edupreneur Growth Lab is a…

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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.