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E-Fest: Bringing Innovation to Africa’s Solution Issues

The Entrepreneurship Festival (E-Fest) is a hallmark event at ALA: it comes at the end of the second term, during which Year 1 students develop and incubate business ideas, which…

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Mohamed Echkouna ’11 Announced As 1 of 6 Winners of Netflix Short Story Competition  

ALA alumnus Mohamed Echkouna ’11 has been named one of the six winners of the ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ short film competition, which was created by Netflix in association with UNESCO….

ALA’s New Creative Commons Heralds New Age for Our Young Creatives 

The African Leadership Academy is on the cusp of opening its new Creative Commons, a critical project in our Campus Master Plan, which will help deliver on all three of…

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The Team Behind The Design: Architect Mphethi Morojele 

When discussing the renovation of the older buildings on campus, a recurring theme emerges: we need to preserve the “look and feel” of ALA, meaning the Learning Commons. This is…

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The Team Behind the Design: Architect Sinethemba Buthelezi 

In South Africa, there is only a small group of professional architects. Sinethemba is one of them, and one of the very few black females among them besides. Given ALA’s…

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Founders Day Sports Carnival: ALA Campus Life Returns 

The 2022 Founders Day Sport Carnival marked a welcome return to vibrant life on campus. In the wake of the lockdown restrictions, it had not been possible to host gatherings…

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David Sengeh, the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation in Sierra Leone.

Distinguished Guest Speaker Dr David Sengeh: How Data Solves Sierra Leone’s Problems 

“Why are you talking about data? Our children are poor, they can’t eat data.” This is just one of the many instances of the pushback that Dr David Sengeh, Minister…

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ALAMAU 2022 – Propelling Vision Toward Action

The African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) was established in 2013 as a platform for young leaders to develop implementable solutions to African challenges through a format inspired by…

2022 Global Scholars Program Applications are Open

We are inviting youth from all over the world to experience a transformative African leadership camp through the Global Scholars Program (GSP) at African Leadership Academy (ALA). Over the past…

Maged Hassan ’19 qualifies for finals at the U.S. Universities Arabic Debating Championship

Maged Hassan ‘19 from Egypt is one of three students on the Connecticut College’s Arabic Debate Team who finished in the top four at the 2nd U.S. Universities Arabic Debating…

ALA partners with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF)

ALA has recently partnered with the Project Management Institute (PMI) to help empower young people with the skills and mindset in entrepreneurship and project management necessary for 21st-century success. Through…

Audreen Rutendo Murewa ’21 from Zimbabwe, Zyonnah Wuraoluwa Isiguzo ’21 from Nigeria, Varlee Fofana ’20 from Liberia and Mahmoud Wael Attia Ali Elawady ’20

ALA selected as the only African school in GALESS TiltShift Challenge

A team of four ALA students have been selected to take part in the Global Alliance of Leading Edge Schools for Sustainability (GALESS) TiltShift Challenge, making African Leadership Academy the…

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Alumnus Osa Nwokah ’18 Releases New Music Video

ALA alumnus Osaruwa Nwokah ’18, now studying in the USA, has released a new music video Pepempere. We caught up with the budding young singer to reflects on her artistic journey, and the role which ALA played.   Tell us…

Eddie Ndopu ‘08 appointed to United Nations Foundation Board of Directors

The United Nations Foundation announced the appointment of ALA alumnus Eddie Ndopu ‘08 to its Board of Directors on December 13, 2021. The UN Foundation is an independent charitable organization…

Trevor Lwere ’16 selected for Schwarzman Scholars Program

ALA alumnus Trevor Lwere ’16 from Uganda will join the seventh cohort of Schwarzman Scholars for 2023. The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and immersive Master of…

Breaking Down Funding Barriers for Young Entrepreneurs

Access to finance is difficult for any entrepreneur. It is particularly difficult if you are very young, with deep credibility and trust factors at play. According to Dr Adesina Akinwunmi,…

Break Down Barriers and Unlock the Power of Youth

We believe in the power of youth at ALA. It is one of our founding beliefs. The importance of empowering and inspiring young people is something I saw in my…

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ALA Students Join Network of Rise’s Global Winners

We are excited to announce that two of our current students, Ifeoluwa Aigbiniode ‘20 (Nigeria) and Michael Olivier ‘21 (South Africa) have been selected as global winners by Rise. The…

ALA Students Present Research on Climate Change in Africa

The world powers gathered in Scotland in November 2021, for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, popularly known as COP26, to hash out a new deal to limit the…

ALA Alumnus Kudzai Mbinda ’16 Named Rhodes Scholar-Elect

African Leadership Academy alumnus Kudzai Mbinda ’16 has been named Rhodes Scholar-Elect and will pursue a master’s degree in energy systems at the University of Oxford.  The Rhodes Scholarship, established in 1903,…