The African Leadership Academy Seeks Students

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The first time I heard about the African Leadership Academy (ALA), I didn’t waste any moment before signing up as a volunteer. Africa is suffering from a leadership crisis and the earlier we sorted out the next generation (in terms of helping them focus on the need to see leadership as service and also to prepare for leadership as one would for a profession), the better. Now, the ALA is seeking its first set of students who will resume in September 2008. Please see the announcement below, and let’s support the ALA and other efforts aimed at bridging Africa’s leadership gap!

Have you heard of African Leadership Academy? The Academy is a two-year co-educational, pre-university boarding school located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a leadership institution aimed at developing the next generation of African leaders. Our inaugural set of students will commence school in September 2008. The Academy’s student body will be comprised of the brightest and best 15 to 18 year olds from all over Africa and the Diaspora. The Academy seeks students who not only have stellar academic credentials but, in addition, a demonstrated potential for leadership, a passion for Africa, a desire for public service, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our students will receive a world-class education based on a unique curriculum, comprising A-Level studies, leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies modules. For additional information, please visit:

Our major driving force is not profit (the Academy is a not-for-profit organization); it is a belief that the problem of the African continent is largely one of leadership and that we can identify kids with leadership potential and train them to be future servant leaders of Africa. We train doctors, journalists, lawyers, and engineers, etc. Why not leaders? Our ultimate goal is to produce agents of positive change in every area of human endeavor in Africa.

The Academy seeks to establish links with Africans of all ages and from all works of life because we want to build a deep network of contacts for our students, particularly in their post-Academy years. In addition, because the Academy is one long term initiative to address Africa’s crisis of leadership, we want to share our vision with you, create opportunities for an exchange of ideas, and establish mutually beneficial links with those who buy into the vision.

Do you know any outstanding 15 to 17 year olds (as of September 2008) who possess the characteristics that we seek in our students?

Do you know any such youth who are leaders in your community?

Do you know any such youth who are inspired by the idea of leading Africa in the next generation?

Encourage them to apply by contacting Tinuade Awe at tawe[at] The first stage of the admissions process closes on November 30, 2007. Thank you.

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