The next generation of African

Entrepreneurs Artists Scientists Laureates Educators Innovators Diplomats Leaders

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of young leaders who are ready to accelerate the continent’s growth.

A community of diverse African potential

Since 2008, ALA has enrolled 1,537 students from diverse backgrounds from across the continent from a pool of 34,249 applicants. 


African countries represented


of students receive financial assistance

Kenesa Huluka, '22


He is an entrepreneur who uses technology to tackle issues in his community.

Nour Darragi, ’21


The founder of “Always Dreams”, a club that uses art as a tool for problem solving.

Mukudzeiishe Madzivire


An accomplished writer, Muku is deeply committed to inspiring young people to harness the power of writing.

Saif Elmaleh, ’20


He aims to unlock the full potential of space exploration and use it to benefit humanity.

Geraldine Mukumbi, ’11


Passionate educator who is pursuing a PhD at Stanford University as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

Ubongabasi Asuquo, ‘17


Ubong aims to improve healthcare accessibility and address pressing public health concerns in Nigeria following graduation.

An investment to unlock opportunity

Since 2010, alumni have enrolled at 286 universities in 56 countries around the world and have accepted $190 million in university scholarships.


return investment for every $1 spent in financial aid for ALA students


ALA alumni have continued their studies at the post-graduate level

Potential becomes impact

1,313 ALA alumni have started 355 ventures. These ventures have created 600 jobs, 577 of which are on the African continent. 2 alumni elected to national legislatures in 2022


young leaders placed in jobs and internships in FY22


ALA alumni working working full-time at ALA

Eddy Oketch, ‘08


A member of ALA’s inaugural class, was elected to the Senate in Kenya in 2022.

Fatima Al Ansar, ’09


Internationally recognized women’s rights advocate and Mali’s youngest diplomat.

Mohamed Echkouna, ’11


He was announced as one of six winners of Netflix film competition.

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