Dr Acha Leke speaks at the African Leadership Academy

Distinguished Guest Speaker Dr. Acha Leke: COVID-19 And The Path To The Next Normal for Africa

ALA co-founder Dr. Acha Leke gave a lecture to ALA students recently, our first in-person Distinguished Guest Speaker since the pandemic lockdowns. He was speaking aptly on how COVID-19 affected…

Seminal readings class at the African Leadership Academy

Seminal Readings at ALA: Building Leadership Through Critical Analysis

It’s a Friday afternoon on the ALA campus, and a small group of Year One students are sitting in a semi-circle, engaged in an intense, emotional debate. “I’ve worked for…


Alumni’s Success Bolstered by ALA’s University Support

With ALA’s diploma program in full swing on our campus in Johannesburg, similarly, this past quarter saw our alumni also continue their academic careers abroad as colleges and universities kicked…


Lessons From Collaboratively Recruiting Africa’s Most Promising Young Leaders

ALA’s leadership development model and its efficacy depends on the synergy of its three consecutive components. First, we identify potential by combing Africa for youth who show the spark of initiative and…


Niu Raza Wins at New England Music Awards in First-Ever World Act Category

On October 17th, ALA alumna Ny-Ony Razafindratandra ’11, celebrated winning her very first American music award and being the very first recipient of the new World Act Category at The New England Music Awards….

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Anzisha’s Top 26 Entrepreneurs Selected for New Three-Year Fellowships

The Anzisha Prize has revealed their top 26 entrepreneurs for 2021. The entrepreneurs, who are between the ages of 18 and 22, will each receive more than USD5,000 in funding and more…


Raising Awareness on Mental Health Care at ALA

On October 4th, the ALA community engaged in a Health & Wellness Day aimed at raising awareness around mental, physical and emotional wellbeing for students and staffulty.  Non-academic activities were greeted with enthusiasm….

Distinguished Guest Speaker Dr Musimbi Kanyoro: Education Unveils Our Shared Humanity

“For every year of education added to a girl child, ten years of better decisions are made.” This is one of the powerful impact messages that were delivered by Dr…

Nobel Prize Laureate Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joins ALforGovernance Gathering as Keynote Speaker

The AL for Governance network and all of us at African Leadership Academy are honoured to have esteemed Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the keynote speaker at the upcoming AL…

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Okong’o Kinyanjui ’14 selected as Echoing Green Fellow

On 9 September 2021 ALA alumnus Okong’o Kinyanjui ’14 was announced as an Echoing Green Fellow. Selected from a global pool of nearly 1,500 applicants in 100 countries, Okong’o is…


The Power of Ideas

This month, our campus was vibrant and alive with excitement as we celebrated a new cohort of changemakers in Johannesburg: our 14th class!   Taalu, the opening ceremony of the academic year…

Primrose Adjepong ‘12 is Fighting for West Africa’s Young Women in Public Policy

Ghanaian alumna  Primrose Adjepong ’12 has always been a solution builder. After graduating from ALA, and before pursuing her public policy program at Oxford, she had the opportunity to commit…


There Is No Such Thing As Average

We welcomed the 2021 incoming class with a vibrant, inspiring Taalu. Taalu, an Arabic word meaning ‘come together’, is what we call our opening ceremony of the academic year at…

ALA’s Young Leaders are Africa’s Change Catalysts

Each year, ALA identifies exceptional young African leaders with a strong sense of purpose, between the ages of 15 – 18 years old, for our flagship pre-university two-year Diploma Program….

How ALA’s 6 Sector Communities Are Harnessing The Power of Networks

We have challenged ourselves these past years at ALA to harness the power that exists within the ALA Community. After engaging with ALA Alumni, friends of ALA and partner organisations, …

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Think Like a Parent, Act Like a Coach

How To Prepare Your Child To Succeed In Anzisha Prize’s Ten-Year Reflection book, Unlocking Africa’s Hidden Job Creators, we reiterated our belief that entrepreneurship is a solution to the youth…


Young Entrepreneurs To Benefit From $500k Fund

SAfm’s Market Update with Fifi Peters hosted The Anzisha Prize Executive Director, Josh Adler who shared more on the Young Entrepreneurs Fund. The fund is aimed at giving young entrepreneurs…


New York Fashion Week welcomes Eddie Ndopu to the Runway

Human rights activist, Eddie is realizing his childhood dreams, one day at a time. Most recently, he took to the runway at New York Fashion Week. Overwhelmed with excitement, Eddie…

Tinashe Manguwa ‘19 Releases Self-Published Poetry Book on Identity

Zimbabwean storyteller Tinashe Dylan Manguwa ‘19 independently published and released his first poetry book titled Oblivion. The book delves into a host of topics inspired by his own experiences over…


Mary-Brenda Akoda ’14 uses Drone Technology for Emergency Response

Software engineer Mary Brenda Akoda ’14 won first place in the 2021 Nigeria Drone Business Competition for her security-driven idea Drone ER (Emergency Response).   The unmanned aerial vehicle will be…