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Inaugural Sherehe Raises over USD$100 000 for the Creative Arts at ALA

ALA hosted its first-ever Sherehe on July 10, 2021 in celebration of our young artists and to pledge support for further development of the creative arts at ALA. The event…

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ALA Bezos Scholars Celebrate a Decade of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Bezos Scholars Program (BSP) and the African Leadership Academy (ALA) are excited to announce its 2021 cohort of ALA Scholars. A team of five rising year two students and…

Anzisha Fellow Joins World’s Biggest Start-up Incubator, Station F

Matina Razafimahefa, a 23-year-old Anzisha Fellow and the CEO of Sayna – an innovative EdTech venture in Madagascar-was selected for this year’s Station F incubator. Sayna sources, trains, and produces…

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Congratulations to our Graduates!

Our graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 was conceptualized under the theme Aya – an Adinkra symbol that conveys endurance and resourcefulness. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests…

Dr Dambisa Moyo’s Four Lessons for Young Leaders

Dr Dambisa Moyo has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is a prolific writer and commentator. Dr Moyo has written on…

2021 Leadership Symposium Celebrates Extraordinary Research by New Graduates

On the morning of the Class of 2019’s graduation, the community enjoyed an impressive program of some of the most thought-provoking and ambitious research presentations. Six graduates presented their proposed…

SEGL at ALA Delivers Ethical Leadership Training for Young Trailblazers

Mairéad O’Grady is the Director of SEGL at ALA. She has been with The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) since 2012 and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in…

Chmba Ellen Chilemba ‘10 Recognized as 2021 Kofi Annan Changemaker

Chmba Ellen Chilemba ‘10 from Malawi has been selected as one of 12 Kofi Annan Changemakers for 2021. Chmba is a music producer, DJ, and activist who works to create…

ALA Alumni Emerge as Prize Winners at Oxford Africa Conference

The Living Machine‘s co-creator Jesse Forrester ’17 and Zambian entrepreneur Mainza Moono ’08 won first and third place respectively in the 2021 Innovation Fair of the Oxford Africa Conference for their…

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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Join us for Sherehe!

On July 10, we are hosting our first ever ALA Sherehe and we are excited to bring together our global community once again in a virtual celebration of song and…

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…