ALA Alumnus Geraldine Mukumbi ‘11 Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar-Elect 

African Leadership Academy alumnus Geraldine Mukumbi has been named a 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholar-Elect and will now pursue a PhD at Stanford University.   She was previously a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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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Artist Osa music video Peperempe

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…

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…


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,…

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….

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…