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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.


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Program year concludes with acts of service across the continent

To mark the close of their program year, Obama Leaders from across the African continent volunteered to design and implement collaborative service projects that positively impacted their local communities. Learn more about the projects +

  • The Gambia
  • Benin
  • Madagascar
  • Zimbabwe
  • Mauritius
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Zambia
  • Uganda
  • Madagascar

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See the latest updates from the Leaders: Africa program.

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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