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June 10, 2022

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 Kellogg International Scholar and graduated from Notre Dame in 2016 with a degree in English/Africana Studies. Whilst at the prestigious university, she won the Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award, the Richard Sullivan Prize for Short Fiction and the Notre Dame Leadership Award. She was executive producer of the monologue show “Show Some Skin,” which gives voice to unspoken stories about identity and difference at Notre Dame.  “I’m pursuing a PhD in curriculum studies and teacher education with a specialization in Language, Literacy and English Education. My research is focused on exploring…

June 3, 2022

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 are then presented to a panel of judges on the day of the festival. Year 2 students are engaged too on the day, showcasing their various Student Enterprises to the ALA community, and invited guests. This year, the Year 1s were challenged to come up with an enterprise that tackled a social problem, under the theme Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu: I Am Because We Are. Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow Natalia Maria Sikombe said that for 2022, the team decided to push the students for more innovative solutions during their Original Idea for…

March 28, 2022

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. The filmmaker from Mauritania won for his Arabic/French short film The Enmity Djinn, and will now $25,000 plus a further $75,0000 production budget to create short film content for Netflix in partnership with local film production companies and under the guidance of Netflix-appointed supervising producer and industry mentors from across the continent.  The projects made by the winning filmmakers will now be developed, with the premiere of ‘An Anthology of African Folktales’ due on Netflix later this year. They will be mentored by acclaimed African filmmakers which include Femi Odugbemi,…

March 24, 2022

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 our ALA2023 Strategy: Win in the Marketplace, Unleash the Network and be a Leading, Innovating, Learning School.  When fully completed, the Creative Commons at ALA will be made up of a renovated auditorium, five creative studios for dance, digital editing and recording, visual arts, choir and music practice, and an integrated outdoor area. The design of the space has been driven by input from the ALA community, inspiration from other venues and our architect’s renderings.    Renovations to the auditorium  Our existing auditorium is being transformed into a theatre capable of…

March 3, 2022

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 where we tend to spend most of our time on campus and is the brainchild of architect Mphethi Morojele.   Through the vision he shares with us of transforming Africa, and informed by ALA values and pedagogical vision, Morojele transformed the old print factory on the campus into the beloved hub that the Learning Commons is today.   Morojele is an acclaimed architect and Principal at MMA Design Studio, a world class, African architectural firm that has been delivering projects for more than 22 years. His portfolio of amazing projects includes the…

March 3, 2022

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 mission to develop leaders for the future of Africa, we are delighted, not only to have the African-owned MMA Design Studio leading the architectural work for the Creative Commons, but also to have Sinethemba on the professional team.  When ALA’s old print factory was transformed into the Learning Commons we know and love today, Sinethemba worked alongside Mphethi Marojole. Her contribution was remarkable, and she was intricately involved in designing and supervising construction. In addition to the work Sinethemba has done at ALA, her portfolio of work involves design and…

March 3, 2022

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 of this nature, but this year saw the return of the much-anticipated occasion.  Founders Day at ALA is a celebration of the visionary founders who launched this academy 14 years ago. Students and teachers are divided into houses – named after Africa’s famous big rivers – and compete in various athletic and team sports including football, basketball, netball, sprints and middle distances. Students in particular enjoyed the students vs staffulty basketball game, showing how Sports Carnival is not just about the competition, but also fun and bonding with the ALA…

February 22, 2022
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 of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation first got from the public of Sierra Leone when he introduced the idea of a Chief Innovation Officer for the Government. People didn’t immediately understand how the topics of technology and the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) apply to problems facing most Africans today. These days, evidence and data are the bedrock of all debates around governance he says.   Sengeh was the latest guest of the Distinguished Guest Speaker series and gave a talk…

February 22, 2022

ALAMAU 2022 – Propelling Vision Toward Action

The African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) was established in 2013 as a platform for young leaders to develop implementable solutions to African challenges through a format inspired by the Model United Nations and the African Union. This year’s ALAMAU2022 theme is 20 Years of the AU: Propelling Vision Toward Action – a topic motivated by the twentieth birthday of the African Union. “The African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) celebrates the significant role that the African Union (AU) has played in the pursuit of peace and prosperity on our continent in the past twenty years,” shares ALAMAU’s Deputy Chairperson Okuhle Qasana ’20. “Our conference theme seeks to reaffirm our commitment to the existing Agenda 2063 vision. We recognise the…

February 21, 2022

2022 Global Scholars Program Applications are Open

We are inviting youth from all over the world to experience a transformative African leadership camp through the Global Scholars Program (GSP) at African Leadership Academy (ALA). Over the past 11 years, the Global Scholars Program (GSP) has been a unique experience for our camp graduates where they not only engage in a productive, practice-based and human-centred learning curriculum but most importantly, gain meaningful friendships. The 10-day and 18-day learning and leisure camps is a platform for young leaders between the ages 13 -19 from around the world to gain tangible skills working with South African entrepreneurs, building leadership skills with peers from all over the world, and exploring the best of what Johannesburg has to offer.  This year, the…

February 1, 2022

Maged Hassan ’19 qualifies for finals at the U.S. Universities Arabic Debating Championship

Maged Hassan ‘19 from Egypt is one of three students on the Connecticut College’s Arabic Debate Team who finished in the top four at the 2nd U.S. Universities Arabic Debating Championship (USADC). The group went up against 40 teams representing 34 of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., hosted by the University of Chicago. Organised by QatarDebate – a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development – The Second U.S universities Arabic Debate Championship saw teams compete for 3 days and Connecticut College qualified for the finals to be held in Qatar later this year. The large number of top universities participating in this championship reflects the international status of QatarDebate and its efforts to spread…

January 4, 2022

ALA partners with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF)

ALA has recently partnered with the Project Management Institute (PMI) to help empower young people with the skills and mindset in entrepreneurship and project management necessary for 21st-century success. Through a series of youth Accelerators hosted across the African continent by the ALA Recruitment Team, we aim to help prepare young leaders between the ages of 13 – 19 to better pursue their academic and professional goals. The Accelerators offer students a platform to discuss, debate and collaborate with peers who seek to create meaningful impact in their communities. Students are given the opportunity to expand their thinking and tackle issues related to Africa and their hometowns by exploring hypothetical simulations of real-world experiences. Built around African Leadership Academy’s signature…

January 4, 2022
Audreen Rutendo Murewa ’21 from Zimbabwe, Zyonnah Wuraoluwa Isiguzo ’21 from Nigeria, Varlee Fofana ’20 from Liberia and Mahmoud Wael Attia Ali Elawady ’20

ALA selected as the only African school in GALESS TiltShift Challenge

A team of four ALA students have been selected to take part in the Global Alliance of Leading Edge Schools for Sustainability (GALESS) TiltShift Challenge, making African Leadership Academy the only school in Africa to qualify for the competition. Audreen Rutendo Murewa ’21 from Zimbabwe, Zyonnah Wuraoluwa Isiguzo ’21 from Nigeria, Varlee Fofana ’20 from Liberia and Mahmoud Wael Attia Ali Elawady ’20 from Egypt are the diverse group of ALA students going up against 31 other schools to participate in this year’s TiltShift Challenge: Med-Call. “As someone who believes in the powerful impact of research on both individuals and nations flourishing, I was so excited after knowing that I got accepted,” says Mahmoud, “My excitement exceeded especially after knowing…

January 3, 2022
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 about yourself. Who is Osa?    I am a 19-year-old singer and songwriter from Lagos, Nigeria. My musical background was shaped by my family, being surrounded by singers my whole life. My experience living in different places around the world has also contributed to my musical style, specifically growing up in Uganda and the US, and living in Nigeria as well.   Apart from music, I am a second-year student at Oberlin College in the US pursuing a biomedical degree. I am also passionate about natural hair care, and if I wasn’t pursuing music or medicine, I…

December 14, 2021