Jul 21, 2021

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much

When information is truly power…

What was the place of sensitization and awareness? The information they say is power. Some quarters that the virus is an elitist disease, while some believed it was a totally false alarm with the news going around, some quarters that the virus is an elitist disease. Some of our social innovators were at the forefront of creating awareness and sensitizing the people.

Almajiri Child Rights Initiative is an advocacy and educational support platform that amplifies the call for social inclusion of vulnerable children in Northern Nigeria. Mohammed Sabo Keana, founder and his team were on the ground to educate and sensitize almajiri children in Abuja and its suburbs while also providing them with food and safety materials.

At one of the outreaches to the Oke Aro Community in Lagos State, the Chairman of the community expressed his appreciation. He noted that the sensitization would go a long way in empowering his people to understand the authentic stories about the virus and the right guidelines to follow. He also noted that the relief materials will serve as an incentive for the community dwellers always to remember to uphold the guidelines and reflect on the dangers of non-adherence in the fight against the deadly virus.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much…Hellen Keller

Five weeks, nine states, over 2,000 households and more than 8,000 individuals spread across different communities; all of these would not have been possible without the collaboration and support from Citi and Dow Chemical. Thank you to all the social innovators who are working tirelessly on the frontline; Lagos Food Bank Initiative, Cato Foods, NATAL Cares, Ashake Foundation, RUDERF, 100,000 Smiles Project, Vicfold Recycling, ACRI, Sonocare healthcare, Mamamoni Limited, Dreams from the Slum, Hope Behind Bars Africa. No time in the history of the world has collaboration across sectors - public, private, development mattered the most than now, when we have all come to understand the true meaning of the world being a global village.

There is no better time than now also to take on the mantle of personal leadership. If each one can reach one… no effort is too small.

You can join us to do more because we believe that together we can beat this.


Thank you.

Jul 19, 2021

Join Us to Raise Ethical Leaders in Africa

Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a youth-focused leadership development non-profit organization established in 2002 with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, and Akwa Ibom and Abuja offices.

With footprints in over 26 states in Nigeria and active programming in eight (8) African countries, LEAP is raising leaders to transform Africa through interventions for youth. We are bridging the gaps in leadership, education, employability, entrepreneurship and enhancing youth agency for civic participation to demand good governance and contribute to social development and peacebuilding.


Why The Leadership Institute? 

Young people in Africa face significant barriers which limit their successful transitions in 5 key areas - Education, Employment,  Healthcare, Social Mobility, and Active Citizenship.

The interconnectedness of these transition challenges requires an enabling environment tailored to provide holistic and evidence-based solutions. 

• To bridge the existing learning gaps between young people and their enablers. 

• Leverage digital disruption in learning to equip and scale youth leadership development interventions to drive Africa’s growth development. 

The Leadership Institute will launch in October 2021 with four distinct interventions: 

Virtual African Teachers  Training Institute (VATTI) 

A one-year blended training for secondary school teachers and administrators with a key focus on improving educational outcomes for students.  

The African Leadership  Immersion Programme (ALIP) 

A 4-month blended programme where youth and CSO leaders will be equipped to catalyze high impact initiatives aligned with the SDGs.  The programme will adopt a funnel approach in which participants will be selected, funded and given more intentional hand-holding for implementing their impact projects.  

Social Innovators  

Programme (SIPA) 

One year fellowship empowers young African changemakers (18- 35 years) to deliver high impact and lead sustainable social enterprises. 

Leadership Programme  for Nonprofit (LPN) 

Virtual programme to  empower youth in the  leadership development  space, with skills and  support to effectively  cascade leadership & life  skill modules to youth in  their community

BY 2030 the LEAP Institute is projected to impact 10 million African youth with critical leadership and innovation skills to drive the actualisation of the sustainable development goals in Africa.

Please help us to achieve this! Donate today at www.leapafrica.org.

Thank you.


Jul 8, 2021

"Speaking to people was my greatest fear"

"This is my first time speaking and not stuttering." - Paul, an iLEAD Student.

Paul, a student in the LEAP Africa iLEAD programme, actively fights this condition amidst the various societal stigma he regularly faces, either from friends in school or at home. Stuttering affects people of all ages, but it occurs most often in children between the ages of 2 and 6 as they develop language skills. Boys are two to three times more likely to stutter than girls.

Paul is a male student who has lived with this condition for roughly 16 years. He struggles to keep up with regular conversations with friends in school and contribute to discussions in class; unfortunately, he is fast becoming a friend of himself.

"Speaking to people is my greatest fear. It's a fear that makes me tremble." - Paul.

Paul wants to be like every other student in school who answers questions during classes, start words quickly and smoothly, does not repeat sounds, contribute to discussions, and so on. However, due to his condition, he has developed anxiety about talking because many of his schoolmates would make jest of him, and others do not have the patience to allow him to utter a complete sentence; they would shut him up.

Paul only speaks with his trusted friend who he met in the iLEAD programme, John. For over one year, Paul and John have been friends through the "buddy" system in the programme. The "buddy" system encourages and supports iLEAD students to form smaller groups to get closer, have innovative interactions and solve problems. According to Paul, this was the reason he joined the programme. He wants to be able to connect with people and be seen as a "normal" person. When asked how the iLEAD programme has helped him in his quest to conquer stuttering, he says - "This is my first time speaking to many people like this, especially strangers, and I am not stuttering as much as I used to. I am so happy." - Paul

Paul has now developed the confidence to talk in class and among many people. He hopes to become a great speaker to inspire other stutterers like himself in the future. With your donations, you can give more students like Paul access to the iLEAD programme, ensuring that more young people are nurtured to thrive in life. 

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