2012 International Youth Leadership Academy

The second ever international training programme of the International Youth Leadership Academy will take place on 7-14 September 2012. The training will be conducted based on the experience and knowledge of experts and trainers from UNICEF, Save the Children and Habitat. The main aim of this programme is to develop the capacity of local youth leaders and to support them to actively contribute to their own communities.

The training will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of the training aims to develop the capacity, skills and experience of the participants on human rights, youth and child rights and participation as well as more specifically on Child Abuse and Neglect, Violence against Children, Child Protection, Intercultural Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Therefore, this training will focus on theoretical learning combined with various case studies from Turkey and the participating countries. The participants will make an action plan to follow up the process till the second phase.

During this process, the participants will be followed by the experts and supported with various materials that will enable them to get prepared for the second phase. In other words, the first training will be followed up by both a monitoring and mentoring process.


30 participants (20 international, 10 national) will be selected from countries in the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus. Priority will be given to applications from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey….) youth participants from other parts of the world are also encouraged, however, the priority will be given to the above mentioned countries Applicants should:

  •  Be between 15 and 29 years of age, (more…)

The 2009 Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards.

Given the recognition that youth are critical to the development of any country,there is increasing global emphasis on the need to invest in the youth. However,in spite of the fact that the vast majority of Nigeria’s population is below the age of 35, youth have been relegated to the background. More frightening is that many of our young people feel a sense of hopelessness and cannot see the possibilty of affecting the development of the country.

In spite of this situation, a select group of young people have distinguished themselves by contributing to the communitiesin which they live by initiating change projects that are gradually transforming lives. It is against this backdrop that LEAP Africa initiated the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards in June 2004.

Since its inception, the Awards have transformed the lives of its winners, enabling them to gain increased credibility and exposure and the financial and in-kind support to expand the scope of  their initiatives.

The Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards recognizes 10 outstanding young nigerians who have played leadership roles in creating positive changes in their local communities in one of the following ares: Business and Economic Development, Environment, Education, Law and Human Rights, Health, Media, Arts and Culture, and Science and Technology.

The 6th Edition of the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards was held on the 19th of  November 2009 at the Shell Hall,Muson Centre,Lagos. The awardees each received N70,000.00 to support their change projects in their local communities.

The winners of the 6th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards include:

  • Aboderin Tunde
    Project: Mobile Cinema Crew.
    Focus: Social Change Through Cinema.
  • Adesokan Balikiss
    Project: Brand it Nigeria.
    Focus: Promoting Patriotism Among Nigerian Youth.
  • Yejide Alo
    Project: Young Minds Empowerment initiative.
    Focus: Youth Training and Empowerment.
  • Anyaegbu Francis
    Project: Youth Education and Empowerment.
    Focus:Youth In Transit Organisation.
  • Inalegwu Frank
    Project: Society for Life and Human Development.
    Focus: Economic Empowerment of PLWHA and Vulnerable Groups.
  • Isikwenu Oghenefego
    Project: Inspiro Communications and Media.
    Focus: Youth Empowerment and Development.
  • Odiase Emmanuel
    Project: SmokeFree Foundation.
    Focus: Anti-tobacco Campaign in Iperu.
  • Okafor Peter
    Project: Operation Be Your Own Boss.
    Focus: Youth Entreprenurship.
  • Okelola Olumayokun
    Project: G54 Environmental Project Group.
    Focus: Environmental Sustainability.
  • Rotimi Akin
    Project: African Youth Unit for Change.
    Focus: Building Leadership Potential among Youth in Post War African Countries.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program


The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program is a one year part-time programme, which allows students have follow-on participation as Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellows of Africa Leadership Institute (AFLI)  network, with expectation to attend AfLI’s leadership learning and Alumni events. The program consists of two 10-day Group Learning Modules in South Africa and Oxford; group projects between modules; individual leadership project to apply and develop leadership in community; ongoing coaching/mentoring; and networked interaction and debate on global & African issues. “The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship program is the flagship program of the AfLI which aims to provide a platform for learning by potential future leaders across the African continent. The aim is to introduce young achievers who are likely to become leaders in the various sectors from business, government to community levels to key principles, requirements and challenges of leadership. The program, as planned, is intended to initiate the generation that will become leaders in Africa in the future to issues of leadership, expose them to ideas on how to lead and to be successful leaders, and help them to experience leadership issues before they become leaders themselves.”

At the end of the program, trainees become Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellows and “[t]he aim is assist in developing a network of future leaders that will have the capacity and the vision to contribute to the transformation of the African continent and that can provide support to each other.” The program’s curriculum includes exploring “leadership theory and in particular the specifics of African leadership during the workshop, as well as developing a greater awareness of themselves as leaders. In line with Oxford’s philosophy, the tutorial approach is applied to stimulate wider and deeper thinking about the subject, and personal reflection to understand and develop their own leadership capabilities in both an African and global context, and to set their own leadership goals. A variety of speakers share their experiences and perspectives on leadership and practical exercises in groups throw new light on the challenges of leadership.”

For more information on the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship Program : Visit The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme Website.

The 2009 Archbishop Tutu Fellows are (in alphabetical order):




Lakhsman Bheenik Mauritius Head of Global Markets Division, Standard Bank, Mauritius. Winner of the Kwezi Khulu Award by Standard Bank in 2007, for excellence in performance
Elinor Chemonges Uganda National Coordinator Paralegal Advisory Services in Uganda; Rhodes Scholar, Member of the Board of Action for Children
Cephas Chikande Zimbabwe Medical Doctor. Healthcare & Management Consultant. Has worked extensively in the area of HIV/AIDS, Human Rights & Health
Paulino Dias Cape Verde Executive Director & Board Member of Caixa Economica de Cabo Verde, the country’s second largest bank
Dominic Dimbo Kenya Finance Manager GlaxoSmithkline East Africa, who have won first prize in Kenya’s Financial Reporting Awards
Kumbirayi Gaza Zimbabwe Engineering Superintendent of Rio Tinto’s Murowa diamond mine and processing centre
Geci Karuri-Sebina Kenya/South Africa Specialist Advisor to Neighbourhood Development Programme in SA Government Treasury; Director of SA node of the Millenium Project
Mapule Kgomongoe South Africa Scientist, researcher and management consultant with considerable experience of large sacle complex business consulting with Accenture
Samson Kironde Uganda PhD in Epidemiology from Oxford University; Rhodes Scholar; Chief of Party for Ugandan Programme for Human & Holistic Development, the largest USAID project in sub-Saharan Africa
Akeem Lawal Nigeria Technical Director InterSwitch, a company providing payment switching network services to banks and companies in several countries in Africa. Electrical & Electronics Engineer
Julie Makani Tanzania Senior lecturer in haemotology & blood transfusion; global expert on research in Sickle Cell Disease and its link to malaria
Susan Mashibe Tanzania Founder, CEO of Tanzanite Jet Centre, providing logistical support to private jets in East Africa; first qualified female commercial pilot and maintenance engineer in Tanzania
Nehemia Mchechu Tanzania CEO Commercial Bank of Africa Tanzania, which he has turned around from loss making to 100% growth year on year
Theo Mothoa South Africa Medical Doctor, Strategic Funding Manager Roche Products striving to ensure improved access to healthcare in Africa
James Mwangi Kenya Partner Dalberg Global Development Advisors, consulting on strategic challenges related to sustainable development and economic transformation. Founder & Leader of the Africa office based in Johannesburg
Andrew Mwenda Uganda Founding Managing Editor of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. Winner of International Press Freedom Award. WEF Young Global Leader
Abimbola Pariola South Africa Architect; property developer in Commercial Office of Investec; project manager for major reconstruction of Investec’s head office in Johannesburg; motivational speaker
Robin Perks South Africa CEO of Personnel Recruitment company; on the Board of a number of businesses and social entrepreneurial organisations, and active in not for profit initiatives
Sa’ida Sa’ad Nigeria Lawyer, political & social activist. Candidate for the Nigerian National Assembly for the Congress Action Party; Nigerian Captain of the Women’s Democracy project
Hazel Shelton South Africa Attorney of the High Court of SA, Founder & Director of Ashira; has represented South Africa on several legal related issues in the international arena, including on various United Nations entities
Madjiguene Sock Senegal Founder & Managing Director of FocusAfrica, management consulting firm advising on development issues in several West African countries
Lai Yahaya Nigeria Lawyer and Consultant; Senior Policy Advisor Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility; Special Advisor to Nigerian Minister of Power