The African Leadership Academy: Achieving African Global Excellence.

16 Aug

Achieving that African Global Excellence.

The term: African Global Excellence was introduced to me by an award winning proudly African producer, Scotness Smith from Coalstoves production house. It means that as Africans we need to excel in all that we do, so we stand out and rise above the set global standards. As I live and breathe the Pan African agenda, I believe that in order to achieve that dream, we need to step up and claim our space as queens and kings of the world. We shall reign supreme in all areas of life from career, love, business, tradition etc. In order for us the achieve this we need to equip our youth with the necessary tools that will provide them with African authenticity, pride and education but also give them the necessary resources to become sustainable entrepreneurs and leaders.

A few years back I was introduced to The African Leadership Academy through an NGO that I was doing videography work for. I was fascinated and excited at the fact that such an amazon institution was built on SA soil. I automatically went on to learn more about what they do and why. Just a few weeks back at the African Philanthropy Forum I was re-introduced to ALA, through Dr. Frank Aswani, the VP and ALA Director of Strategic Relations.

I have decided to dedicate this blog to the African Leadership Academy, so we can understand their vision and goals. I revisited the beautiful campus, in Johannesburg and also discovered that the academy is open to all Africans, South African included. So please read, share and let us start on achieving that African Global Excellence.


Their vision and mission is as follows:

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

ALA identifies young leaders from across the continent with demonstrated leadership potential, a passion for Africa, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a track record of community service. After graduating, ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives, in university and beyond, by providing on-going leadership training, supporting their growth through access to internships and careers and connecting them to high-impact networks of people and capital that will empower them to create transformative change.As discussed.

Over the past ten years, they have welcomed several thousand young leaders across the continent and around the world to a series of leadership programs including their two-year pre-university (A’level) program, their 10-day and 3-week international summer camps (Global Scholars Program) and their five-day international youth leadership conference (ALA Model African Union).
They work with school heads, educators and leaders of community organisations and youth networks to identify young people aged 15 to 18, who have demonstrated high leadership potential and passion for creating change in their communities. These might be school prefects, students with exceptional academic ability, top athletes, young entrepreneurs and inventors, future political and diplomatic leaders or social activists. Through a rigorous selection process, they are able to admit about 125 promising African leaders each year who join their growing network of change-makers to study at the Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This year, they have extended their application window to run for six months. Young leaders may apply to the Academy between July 1st 2017 and January 12th, 2018 in three different application windows:

Early Decision 1: July 1st – August 31st, 2017

Early Decision 2: September 1st – October 30th, 2017

Regular Decision: November 1st 2017 – January 12th, 2018

Should you have any questions, you may contact our team through or +27 11 699 3038.

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