African Leadership Academy, Zambia
Memory Nakazwe from Zambia, who was supported through school by CAMFED, joined the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in September 2012 for a two-year intensive program for exceptional students. She is one of 100 or so secondary school pupils selected from more than 2,000 applicants from across Africa for the ALA, a world-class academic institution based in South Africa.
ALA excites me because of the limitless opportunities it holds for young people like me to realise our dreams and fulfill our potential, says Memory. I look forward to meeting great leaders who will enlighten me on how they have succeeded.
As an emerging leader, Memory, a science enthusiast, hopes to tackle the issue of climate change. “In Africa, very little is being done about climate change,” she says, “hence, I would love to spearhead programs to sensitise people on the dangers of global warming and to implement preventive measures.”
As an ALA student, Memory will join a network of almost 400 young leaders from 43 African countries. Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, ALA has sent its first three classes of graduates on to some of the most reputable universities in the world, including Stanford, Oxford, and MIT. Already, ALA graduates are making names for themselves.