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June 12, 2019

Obama Foundation To Hold Second Major Convening of Rising Leaders in Africa

CHICAGO — The Obama Foundation announced today its second Leaders: Africa program, which will convene nearly 200 emerging civic leaders from 45 countries across the continent… More

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HONORING MANDELA DAY


On July 18, people around the world honored Nelson Mandela’s birth by making a commitment to help make the world a better place.

Elena A.The Woodlands, TX

"I volunteer at AMSIF USA, an organization that helps immigrant women get educated in different areas such as: values, self-esteem, health, and more. They also offer cake decorating lessons!"

Fily K.Mali

"We are training youth agripreneurs through workshops in Kati."

Leah T.Atlanta, GA

"On Mandela Day, my son and his friends hosted a lemonade stand, with half of their profits going to buy school supplies for kids who need them. They've raised $600 so far!"

Returning Leaders

Part of the theory of change of the Obama Foundation is that our Leaders continue to be force multipliers in their communities and on the continent long after their program year concludes. That’s why we’re pleased to welcome back 15 members of the 2018 class to serve as speakers, facilitators, and mentors for the new class. Meet a few of them below!

King Gyan is a star Ghanaian footballer, but we know him as a changemaker who’s inspiring the next generation through sport. Take a peek at King's day-to-day work at the Right to Dream Academy.

Nichole Yembra is inspiring, empowering, and connecting the future of women-led tech in Africa. See how she's doing it.

"Effective leadership isn't about telling others what to do. It takes emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathy."—Veda Sunassee writes about his experience at the convening. Read the full blog +

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