The Leaders: Africa program seeks to build a growing network of innovative and ethical changemakers who will drive positive change in their communities, the continent, and the world.
Leaders: Africa is a year-long program that provides 200 emerging African leaders with the skills they need to create change. The non-residential program offers leaders with a range of backgrounds, the opportunity to attend in-person and online seminars focused on values-based leadership development, skill-building for social change, hands-on service learning, and technical trainings.
In addition to sharpening these leaders’ collaboration and management skills, it also equips them to be force multipliers in their communities and on the continent long after the program concludes. That’s why several members from the inaugural 2018 program year returned to serve as speakers, facilitators, and mentors for the 2019 cohort. More program offerings include:
An Inspirational Convening
The program begins with an intensive leadership and skill-building convening that brings together the entire cohort for five days of connection and training in their region. The gathering includes inspiring speakers primarily from the region, interactive workshops, service learning, and collaborative work projects.
A Digital Platform for Learning and Connection
Leaders are connected to their cohort online, as well as to sub-cohorts by issue area and region, to
foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative problem-solving. Obama Foundation staff will regularly convene smaller groups for virtual workshops and seminars, as well as regular check-ins.
Bonds that Last a Lifetime and Support Action
After the program, Leaders join a larger network of Obama Foundation-affiliated changemakers, with ongoing access to thought leaders and opportunities in our growing network.
See the latest updates from the Leaders: Africa program.
Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya founded Kakenya’s Dream to empower her rural Kenyan community by educating girls and ending harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Her organization was recently awarded a $725,000 grant through Jack Dorsey’s Start Small initiative to fund their COVID-19 relief efforts and to build a youth-friendly health clinic in Enoosaen. Learn more about Kakenya’s Dream +
Liberian Leader Goto Cooper collaborated with seven emerging community organizations to create the COVID-19 Partnership Network. The network is educating rural communities about the symptoms of the virus and how to prevent its spread in coordination with the Liberian government and the World Health Organization’s efforts to curtail the outbreak.
Ghanaian Leader and albinism rights activist Kwame Andrews Daklo serves as President of the Tsiyinu Students Union, an organization that helps students in his community improve their academic performance. Thanks to a program facilitator Kwame met during the Leaders convening, his organization was able to open a community library. In Kwame’s own words, “This library is a game changer, for it promotes reading among both the young and the elderly, and it will help teachers better prepare for their lessons. Learn more about Kwame and his work +
Togolese Leader Jean-Luc Agboyibo started his organization Leading Youth, Sport & Development Milédou (LYSD x Milédou) to use the power of sports to support education for young people in his community. Over the course of the Leaders program, Jean-Luc learned how to embrace sharing his own leadership journey and has recently taken on new responsibilities as Senior Manager at the Basketball Africa League (BAL). Learn more about Jean-Luc and his work +
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June 12, 2019More
MEET THE 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!
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