ALA Decennial Gallery
DAY ONE: 23 February 2018
The first day of our Decennial celebrations gave our guests a first-hand experience of a day in the life of an ALA student. This meant immersing themselves into all the ALA activities - starting with Assembly. The dean of the Academy delivered his message to the guests and students on campus. Then the day moved on swiftly to the classrooms. Our students hosted our guests as they attended classes facilitated by our faculty made up of individuals from Africa and other parts of the world. This gave guests an opportunity to learn about ALA's unique approach to education in classes such as Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies, Seminal Readings and Science.
Guests also learned about the process of identifying the young leaders who attend ALA and how we seek to develop their skills and connect them to catalytic opportunities. They also got to learn about our youth entrepreneurship program, the Anzisha Prize and met some of Africa's most promising entrepreneurs.
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DAY TWO: 24 February 2018
The Decennial Symposium. The day kicked off with a welcome note from ALA graduates Akan Nelson and Hafsa Anouar. Hafsa facilitate an interview with the founders of ALA, namely: Fred Swaniker, Chris Bradford, Acha Leke and Peter Mombaur. Each of them spoke about how ALA came to be and their shared belief in the prosperity of the continent and the young people who would be at the forefront of the change that would lead to that prosperity.
The conversation with the founders led to an interesting discussion about Reimagining Africa's Future, where Caroline Elkins (Professor of History, African and African American Studies, Harvard University) and Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Nigerian Businessman and Economist)unpacked this topic.
That was followed by panel discussions on various topics such as Educating the World's Youngest Continent, The Future of Work in Africa, Protecting Human Rights in Africa and Women in Africa's Boardrooms to mention a few. Each of these forced our panelists and the facilitators of each panel to confront the challenges and opportunities Africa will be faced with in the coming decades: from education, to the arts, to politics, religion, urbanization and the future of work. The panels included personalities such as Muhammad Sanusi II (Emir of Kano State, Nigeria), ALA graduate Ngor Majak (Founder, Education Bridge), Cristina Duarte (Former Minister of Finance, Cape Verde), Lord Michael Hastings (KPMG International Head of Corporate Citizenship), Khanyi Dhlomo (CEO & Founder, Ndalo Media), Uzo Iweala (Author, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Ventures Africa), Makhosi Khoza (South African Politician & Founder, African Democratic Change) and many more thought leaders.
The afternoon plenary session included a performance by student performers, African Dance, a closing address by Lara Rabiu (Chief Financial Officer, ALA) and concluded with a discussion on Leadership and Ethics for Africa's Future with Graca Machel (Humanitarian, Founder of the Graca Machel Trust) who was interviews by Diana Spencer (ALA Student, Cape Verde).
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DAY TWO: GALA EVENING
After a busy day of symposium sessions, the final day of our Decennial celebrations ended off with an evening of glitz and glam. A celebratory conclusion to the two days of learning, connection and reflection. Our founders shared their reflections and learnings on the past ten years. Guests were challenged to think about their role in shaping Africa's future and their commitment to supporting the next generation of African leaders. Mama Graca Machel also addressed the audience.
The entertainment for the night featured special guests Vusi Mahlasela, the iconic South African folk musician. He was joined on stage by ALA graduate Niu Raza, an upcoming jazz artist.
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