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Dr. Shaka Ssali's Straight Talk meets the ALA Student Body

African Leadership Academy was pleased to host Dr. Shaka Ssali in October. Dr. Ssali a respected broadcaster and influential commentator on African affairs. He serves as Host and Senior Editor…

As Year Two Begins, the Student Body Doubles

African Leadership Academy is a bustling hive of activity as, for the first time, there are both senior and junior classes attending the school. The incoming class comprises 89 students…

ALA Welcomes New Faculty Members

ALA is excited to welcome 15 new faculty members and add seven new nationalities to the ALA faculty! The new faculty members have over 60 years of combined teaching experience…

103 Amazing Young Leaders Offered Admission to ALA's Second Class

The ALA Admissions Office received over 2500 applications from 41 countries for the second ALA class, which will enter in September 2009. This was reduced to 350 finalists for admission,…

Students Reflect on the Inaugural Year

Towards the end of the first year, ALA students were asked to reflect on their first year at the Academy. This class exercise involved identifying their most memorable moment in…

Distinguished Speaker Series Closes With A Bang!

From its conception, the Distinguished Speaker Series has aimed to expose students to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. We have been fortunate to host Simon Bray,…

Student-Run Businesses Launched on Campus!

The launch of Chani’s Cafe marked the end of a succession of Student-Run Business (SRB) launches. Realizing that students needed a place to hang out and enjoy a variety of…

ALA Makes Its Mark at the World Economic Forum

Six students represented the Academy at the World Economic Conference held in Cape Town from the 10th — 12th of June 2009. Aissatou Diagne (Senegal), Jubilate Lema (Tanzania), Olivia Iloetonma…

ALA Makes a Splash at MIT Entrepreneurship Conference

What do the African Football Academy, linear electromagnetic technology, and the Amazing Race of African Tradition have in common? They are three ideas that demonstrate the breadth and boldness of…

Grand Opening Celebration Day 2: Envisioning the Future

Saturday, February 7th brought the second day of African Leadership Academy’s Grand Opening Celebration, including ALA’s first Leadership Symposium and a celebratory gala dinner. The Symposium brought together a panel…

Grand Opening Celebration Day 1: A Day in the Life at ALA

After years of anticipation, African Leadership Academy commenced its Grand Opening Celebration in the presence of students, faculty, staff, and more than 100 invited guests from around the world. Supporters…

Practical Experience a Must: Student-Run Businesses at ALA

How do we teach entrepreneurship at ALA? The only way we can: through practical hands-on experience! Student-Run Businesses (SRBs) are major components of our Entrepreneurship Curriculum, which provides students with…

Vusi Mahlasela Highlights Opening Week

African Leadership Academy students, faculty, staff, and friends celebrated the opening of this amazing new institution on September 5 with a special concert from South African musical legend Vusi Mahlasela….

97 Students from 29 Countries Join the Inaugural Class

During the first days of September, 97 pioneering students from 29 countries arrived on campus to form African Leadership Academy’s Inaugural Class. Hailing from all corners of the continent, the…

ALA Admits 106 Students from 29 Nations to Inaugural Class of 2008

African Leadership Academy today announced that 106 young leaders (53 girls and 53 boys) from 29 nations have been admitted to the Inaugural ALA Class of 2008. These students were…

400 Finalists Named from 1700 Applicants; Founder Chris Bradford Speaks About Admissions Process

African Leadership Academy announced today that it had received a total of 1700 applications from students in 36 countries across Africa and around the world seeking admission into its inaugural…

ALA and Cisco Announce Creation of Cisco Scholars Program!

African Leadership Academy today announced the creation of the “Cisco Scholars” program. This program will be funded by the Cisco South Africa Education Trust, which was created by Cisco as…

ALA Founder Fred Swaniker Speaks at TED Global Conference in Tanzania

On June 7, 2007, ALA Founder Fred Swaniker addressed the attendees of the TED Global Conference in Arusha, Tanzania. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world’s…

Chris Khaemba Named Inaugural Dean

Christopher S. Khaemba, 47, is currently Principal of Alliance Boys’ High School on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2006, Alliance was the highest performing school in Kenya on the…

ALA Co-Founders Chris Bradford and Fred Swaniker Named 2006 Echoing Green Fellows

In June, co-founders Chris Bradford and Fred Swaniker were named as two of the “15 best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” by New York-based Echoing Green. We were chosen…