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Preparing for ALA’s Next CEO

The time has come for ALA to make a long-planned step in our process of institution-building: the transition to a non-Founder CEO. For the past seventeen years I have had…

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21-year-old Egyptian entrepreneur wins the 10th Anzisha Prize

Alaa Moatamed, Co-Founder of Presto, a leading delivery management service, takes home the $25,000 Grand Prize With a pool of talented finalists from more than 15 African countries, the 2020…

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The Anzisha Prize: 5 lessons learned from supporting very young entrepreneurs

By: Dolapo Adeyanju Young entrepreneurs’ journeys are shaped by many interrelated factors, one of which includes working closely with program managers, educators, and investors.  While investors provide finance, managers and…

Edgar Edmund Tarimo ‘18 wins €5000 at 2020 ClimateLaunchpad for his recycling company

At the age of 15 Edgar Edmund Tarimo ‘18 saw how floods destroyed more than 700 houses in Dar Es Salaam. Most of the people affected by the floods were…

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Protests and Politics: Africa’s Pressing Need for Good Governance

On Saturday, 24 October, our ALforGovernance sector led a virtual panel discussion about the Nigerian youth movement #EndSARS which dominated social media and news headlines this month. Under the title…

Morgan Pelser ‘20 of South Africa shares insights from her 7-year journey in entrepreneurship

ALA student Morgan Pelser ‘20 has been running a cotton candy company since she was 11. She shares some lessons she has learnt so far and what plans she has…

ALA’s Entrepreneurship Curriculum set to prove resilient in a turbulent year

This month ALA celebrates entrepreneurship in our community and network. While The Anzisha Prize  supports entrepreneurs on a wide scale across Africa, core to every ALA students’ journey at the…

Ammar Kandil ’10 of Yes Theory partners with Google to release autobiographical film “Free Child”.

Ammar Kandil ‘10, co-founder of Yes Theory shares his inspiring story in a candid interview with Dean Hatim Eltayeb. Ammar Kandil ’10 co-founder of the Yes Theory movement has brought…

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Cornelia Kruah-Togba ’08 creates fund to help support small businesses in Liberia

Member of the inaugural ALA class, Cornelia Kruah-Togba is breaking boundaries as a public servant and advocate for youth and women’s empowerment in her home country of Liberia. Cornelia participated…

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Ukairo Ukairo’s quest for African cinematic excellence

Born and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Ukairo Ukairo ’13 grew up in a household that fostered his keen interest in a legal career. His father is a lawyer and human…

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ALA set to globally showcase unique entrepreneurship curriculum at World Education Week

African Leadership Academy (ALA) has been selected as a showcase school at the upcoming World Education Week. The virtual conference, which takes place from 5 to 9 October 2020, has…

Anzisha’s #ItStartsWithYou campaign showcases African entrepreneurship success stories

September saw the launch of The Anzisha Prize’s new mini-documentary and case study series about very young African entrepreneurs designed to enable high-school and university educators to engage students meaningfully…

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Meet ALA’s Class of 2020!

September is the month of new beginnings for many. Despite the challenging year this has been, we have kept to our traditions (such as hosting our annual opening ceremony –…

Invisible Good(s) — Taalu 2020

Dean Hatim Eltayeb’s remarks to the entering class of 2020 at Taalu, 21 September 2020. Good afternoon academy. Today is a treasure, but a strange and difficult one. On the…

Students explore identity through the Creative Arts course at ALA

Dr. Sarah Kgagudi, Director of Creative Arts and Events at ALA shares how the Creative Arts course at ALA provides an introspective platform for students to examine identity through different mediums.  About the course  In our first…

Tapiwa Gambura ’18 – Reclaiming the African Narrative through Film

“I believe that individuals who have ideas can change the world, and I have ideas. How do we ensure that our continent emerges and gains the economic and political independence it deserves? This is what my life’s purpose should be about.”

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ALforEducation’s Little Bets Challenge Highlights Fresh Thinking in Education

On August 20th and 21st, ALA had the honor of hosting its own virtual event, under our educational sector group: AL For Education. Titled “2020: A Year for Action”, the…

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ACN Securing Internships During a Global Pandemic

How did we secure jobs during the height of one of the most devastating pandemics we have experienced in recent history? We chat with Ayado Ewinyu, Director of our Africa…

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Reimagining the Future of Secondary Education in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation’s latest report reveals that for every 100 young people that enter primary education, 9 will go on to tertiary education and 6 will complete it. What solutions…

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Women in Peacebuilding: An ALforGovernance Masterclass

In celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Month in August, the ALforGovernance Masterclass explored the role of Women in Peacebuilding on Friday August 7th. Two female guest speakers drove the session,…