Where it isn’t, the private sector can then leverage private education. In addition, a partnershipbetween the two would be great since the private sector may offer new ideas and innovation that thepublic may lack.
3. Khanyi Dhlomo, founder Ndalo Media, publisher of the successful Destiny and Destiny Magazine,commented that over the past four years, herself and her team realised that they had to “stop seeingourselves as a media company, but rather as a producer of quality business and lifestyle content which we can deliver in various forms across a number of platforms and industries”. Over the past four years, has ALA’s core competency evolved? How has your vision behind the academy changed from when you co-founded it to today?
At ﬁrst, we started as a high school, but we have realized that we are not educating students butleaders that will transform Africa. As a result, we now see our self as an African leadershipinstitution. Further, its important to note that one cannot become a leader over two years; it’s alife-long development process. This is why we work with teenagers during the two-years in ALA,with their college applications, as well as fostering a network that they can use in college and beyond.We are fostering a life-long network of leaders.
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4. Let’s talk about the African Leadership Network (ALN), and Africa’s new generation of leaders.Who are Africa’s new generation of leaders? What are the challenges they are tackling, and theopportunities they are pursuing? What is the value of a network such as ALN, especially in Africa?
Each generation of African leaders has their own legacy. The ﬁrst generation’s legacy isindependence, and is comprised of the likes of Kwame Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba. The second iscoups, warfare, corruption, as evident in countries like Nigeria and Zaire. The third, from ten to ﬁfteenyears ago, left a legacy of peace and stability, where war is an exception and not the norm. Thislegacy can be seen clearly in Liberia. The fourth generation’s legacy is that of economic independence(compared to political independence), a crucial legacy that we needed to create our own wealth, so wewere able to provide basic needs such as education and food.The new generation of African leaders’ legacy is building prosperity for the African continent. It’sabout bringing wealth into the continent. This generation is below 45 years of age, a dynamic andentrepreneurial group of people that have the energy to bring prosperity on a continental scale. TheAfrican Leadership Network is essentially a pan-African network of these leaders, who are workingtogether as a continent and not as individual African countries. It’s a network of pan-Africanrelationships that works to foster an integrated African economy, for example where a ﬁnanceMinister in Uganda can work with a private company in Nigeria on a power plant that serves amultitude of countries.
5. The Tony Elumelu Foundation, which celebrated their ﬁrst year anniversary in December, has a particularly innovative philanthropy in its premise to help organic African companies grow from anational to an international level. It’s a scale of entrepreneurship that has not fully caught on in the African continent, except for a few outliers such as Strive Masiyiwa and Aliko Dangote. It isreminiscent of the age of consolidators in America’s entrepreneurship history, which produced entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford. Speaking from the context of ALN, what are your thoughts on