The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program will inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the African continent through a core set of shared values and leadership skills. Together, they will form a network of innovative and ethical changemakers and positive role models who will be well-prepared to create tangible solutions to the biggest challenges in their communities, countries, and continent.

From government, to civil society, to the private sector and beyond, we’re looking for changemakers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good within their sphere of influence and have clear potential for impact and commitment to integrity.

Explore the 2018 Program

To get a better feel for this program, click the button below to see highlights from the first cohort of Obama Foundation Leaders.

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Before you begin the application, please take our eligibility questionnaire below to make sure this program is the right fit for you:


Applications for the 2019 cohort of the Leaders: Africa program opened on Thursday, February 14 and will close on February 28 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, February 28, 2019. We’re looking forward to reviewing your application!

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