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Uzo Agyare-Kumi

NIGERIA
Dean of the Academy

Uzoamaka Agyare-Kumi was appointed as Dean of the Academy in September 2022, marking her second stint in the role. She has served in executive positions at African Leadership Academy since 2014, and previously served as Dean of the Academy from 2014 to 2016. Uzo is a passionate educator and social activist who seeks to help every young person develop the skills they need to flourish as confident, productive members of society.

In 2016, Uzo stepped out of the Deanship to build ALA’s Global Programs and our DeJen Parents Association. She has also supported ALA’s Anzisha program and is the author of Parenting the Boss, a book and course for parents of young entrepreneurs.

A dual Nigerian/British citizen, Uzo spent her childhood in the United Kingdom and Lagos, Nigeria before moving to eastern Nigeria for undergraduate studies at the University of Nigeria. She started her career as a teacher at a Catholic school in Calabar, Nigeria, and then transitioned to community organizing and social activism. In 2001, she was offered a full-time position as a community organizer with The East London Communities Organization (TELCO), becoming the first black female community organizer in London. In 2004, she was appointed National Director for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ).

After re-locating to Ghana with her family in 2006, she worked as a consultant with the Government of Liberia to recruit professionals into key roles within the Civil Service before eventually returning to the education sector as Head of School at Tema International School. After her distinguished stint at Tema International School, Uzo was recruited to join the faculty at ALA.

Publications

Parenting the Boss (2020)
Fighting for Freedom: The Story of Sam Sharpe, Nat Turner and John Brown (2007)

Education

BA, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
PG(Dip), Educational Leadership and Management, University College London

Uzo Agyare-Kumi