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African Leadership Academy names Bilha Ndirangu next CEO

Bilha comes to ALA after building Africa’s Talking into a pan-African technology leader. African Leadership Academy is proud to announce that Bilha Ndirangu will serve as its third CEO. Bilha will…

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ALforEducation: A Community to Shape the Future of African Education

Over the past ten years, ALA has evolved from an audacious idea to a thriving institution with a passionate, diverse, and committed community. We are a magnet for exceptional young…

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Joel Baraka ’15 Gamifies the Ugandan Curriculum with My HOME Stars

Joel Baraka ’15 is reshaping learning in refugee camps through My HOME Stars – a Ugandan non-profit that increases curriculum accessibility for disadvantaged communities. His goal is to develop more…

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ALforEducation’s Growth Lab Set to Bolster Young Edupreneurs’ Potential

Our ALforEducation network continues to develop the next generation of leaders in education in Africa through the Edupreneur Growth Lab 2021. The program is offered in partnership with Future Fund…

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Vanessa Ishimwe Seeks to Expand and Improve her Kindergartens for Refugee Children through ALforEducation’s Growth Lab

Each day, Vanessa Ishimwe oversees a network of kindergartens and early childhood development centers that serve over 1000 children in the Kyaka II refugee settlement in Kyegegwa district, Uganda. She…

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ALforEducation Launches Apprentice Program to Shape Future Education Leaders

On May 24th, ALforEducation launched a new, selective Apprenticeship program that aims to prepare the future leaders of Africa’s education sector to lead transformational change. The first iteration of the…

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Young Entrepreneur and Apprentice Clare A. Muga Shapes Uganda’s Future Leaders

Though she is already shaping the future of Africa as an entrepreneur, Clare A. Muga will spend this summer as an Apprentice, discovering principles that will help her grow the…

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The Anzisha Education Accelerator: Supporting Leaders Building New Models of Education Excellence

A growing cohort of education leaders across Africa works each day to drive education innovation in service of their communities. The Anzisha Education Accelerator (AEA) invests in and supports these…

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Burundi’s Kigutu International Academy: A Model School with Deep Ties to ALA

In October 2020, a new school opened in Burundi unlike any that had come before: Kigutu International Academy (KIA), a STEM-focused secondary school that seeks to “develop a new generation…

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In Memoriam: Margaret Ishiyama Raffin

ALA celebrates the life and leadership of Ms. Margaret Raffin, a steadfast supporter who passed away peacefully on 3 April 2021. Margaret was a friend and counsel to ALA’s founders…

Tough Times Make Tough Minds – Living Emmanuel Manirakiza’s Lessons as an Entrepreneur

In July 2012, one of my greatest teachers, Emmanuel Manirakiza ’10, passed away shortly before he was due to depart to the University of Rochester. Emmanuel had lived an extraordinary…

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The Power of Moonshot Thinking – Lessons from Google X

ALA’s Networks Team ran an insightful digital speaker series this past month aimed at addressing various topics of the “Future of Work”. This series, made especially relevant due to the…

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Cote D’Ivoire’s Daryl Adopo ‘14 clinches Outstanding Finance Student Award

Congratulations to Ivorian alumnus Daryl Adopo ‘14 who recently took home the 2020-2021 Outstanding Finance Student Award. This is one of the highest academic distinctions in the Economics, Finance, and…

How Do We Unlock Job Creation for Africa’s Largest Workforce?

Calling all schools, universities, accelerators, individuals, and youth organisations that are invested in reducing youth unemployment on the African continent. For the past 10 years, the Anzisha Prize has worked…

E-Fest: A Day of Innovation and Competitive Spirit

We were inspired and excited by the innovation and passion showcased by the winners and all participants in ALA’s annual Entrepreneurial Festival (E-Fest) competition. The five finalists presented creative solutions…

Student Research Exhibits Collaborative Solution-Building at Zaha 2021

Our annual Research Symposium, newly renamed Zaha, a Malagasy word meaning to explore, examine or research,  produced an impressive catalogue of research projects earlier this month. This year’s conference saw…

The AL Group Network Unite Through the Creative Arts at Open Mic Night

In a completely unprecedented year, the ALA community has been brought together virtually numerous times. However, one of the most impactful community gatherings occurred around the Arts. At the very…

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Cape Town Fires: Reflections from Keabetswe Zondi ‘17

South African Keabetswe Zondi graduated from ALA as part of the class of 2017. She is currently a student at the University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus pursuing a Bachelor…

Netflix Film Star Maxwell Simba ’19 Opens Production Company for African Talent

Maxwell Simba ’19, Kenyan star of the Netflix film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, has launched his very own production company, Young Blak and Talented Vision Studios (YBTVS). The…

Natalia Sikombe ’12 Creates Cinematic Drive-in in her Hometown of Lusaka

The pandemic has adversely affected almost every area of daily life and the past year has made it abundantly clear that life may not go back to the way it…