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We are the student writers & editors at the African Leadership University who run the university’s official thought leadership publication—The ALU Editorial.
Meaningful conversations are an important part of diverse spaces.

Have you ever lost sleep because you were engrossed in a conversation? Has a conversation ever left you feeling incredibly inspired? I assume the answer to these questions is a resounding yes and a huge smile from reminiscing over those memorable conversations you’ve had. Now imagine the bleak alternative of having very little to no inspiring conversations which you’d lose sleep over, on a campus filled with what I feel are Africa’s most brilliant young minds. Wouldn’t that be the greatest disservice to our explicit diversity?

Diversity is one of the African Leadership College’s integral values…

I’ve always had an interest in education. This interest stems from my view of education as a tool not just for the elevation of the intellectual mind, but also an instrument for the subversion of oppression and the liberation of a people. Edtech (or educational technology) is a subfield of education which has particularly intrigued me due to its integration of digital tools into the pedagogical process to make learning easier, more effective, and more fun.

Over the years, I noticed that most conversations around edtech revolved around the West. In order to bring these conversations…

A Note to Freshmen

by Ahmed Konneh, ALU ‘16

“The poorest way to face life is to face it as a sneer” — Theodore Roosevelt

Two years ago, I had a conversation with a fellow student who was leaving ALU. He was disappointed. According to him, he was sold the ‘wrong dream.’ Nothing in the school seemed to match up to his expectations. He had expected a ‘stable place but found a place struggling for survival’, he told me: The school has no history, no functional Alumni network, internships didn’t come easy. The Alumni network is not functional, yet. The food was not good…

Leaders tend to be many things. From elected politicians to celebrated activists or just everyday people who wield some form of influence. Some of these leaders have institutional authority, while others do not. Some of them self-identify as leaders while others are ascribed the label by either those they lead or those who are inspired by them. While their diverse backgrounds makes each leader unique, there is a skill that binds them together as a shared requirement.

“The art of communication is the language of leadership” — James Humes

Leaders are known to be individuals…

Every year, the Rwandan community comes together on the 7th of April to remember and reflect on an event that painfully shaped their nation’s history. Known as ‘Kwibuka’ which means to remember, this event commemorates the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that happened in Rwanda. This year, ALC partnered with UNDP to yet again host the 25th Kwibuka event.

Olfa Fdhila

“I have never liked school and the conventional educational system. I think it’s stupid. It does not accommodate everyone’s abilities and skills. There is no size that fits all.” -Olfa Fdhila

I consider Olfa to be one of our resident geniuses in the Electrical Engineering class of 2015, with a passion for software development, artificial intelligence, robotics and trending technologies. She’s one of those students who comes to class, does her own thing the entire time, but somehow aces every module and will still give you a run for your money when asked to explain…

Jayson Rai (left); Andile Mhlanga (right)

In a campus full of entrepreneurs, founders, presidents, recording artists, radio gurus and many more talented folk, it’s easy to pass by the subtle game changers. They stay enclosed in their private spaces, sometimes wondering out to see a friend here and there. Yet, though they may not be in the front of every news piece, these students are subtle game changers, slowly developing one solution after the other for Africa.

When I approached Andile Mhlanga to interview him, his first reaction was “I don’t really have super exciting stories about myself”. And yet…

A Case for Solopreneurs

by Arinze Obiezue, ALU ‘15

Founding a company, they say, is like having a baby. The initial idea is first conceived in the mind of the founders either as the aftermath of serendipitous inspiration or as a product of intentional problem-solving. This idea is then nurtured by the founders and their team who work tirelessly for months to breathe life into the embryonic business. After the business is set up, the founders take extra care to guide their nascent company as it takes its first steps towards maturity. This is the ‘baby analogy’.

This analogy forms the basis upon which…

One question a lot of us ask ourselves is how exactly can we be leaders. What exactly do we need to do to be qualified to bear the title of leader? Whenever we hear the words ‘lead’ or ‘leader’, our minds instantly picture figures such as Barack Obama or Nelson Mandela performing some remarkable act of virtue or valiance, but the reality is that leadership isn’t just in the grand gestures and big exploits; it’s in the little ones too.

From my experience as an emerging leader, I’ve always thought about how I can make…

“Well I just let it fuel the creative process; I let the pain and hurt express themselves in light and color. The harsher the piece is on the eye and the further away from reality it is, the closer of a glimpse into my mind it is.”

Atama Beyou, 19 year old Ghanaian artist, gave me this quote while we were discussing art and it’s deep ties to mental health. As any artist knows, the mind is home to the power of creation. …

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