ALIWA announces graduation of 17 new fellows
The Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa (ALIWA) in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) has announced the graduation of her 5th class in ten years. The Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa is a program aimed at raising a new breed of community spirited leaders who have achieved notable success in their fields – to tackle the core developmental needs of our country.
The recently graduated fellows were nominated through a rigorous selection process based on their track-record of compelling achievements and participated in a two-year long class comprising of four residential seminars. During this time, they each had to commit to carrying out a high-impact Leadership Venture of their own choosing — vetted and approved by their peers.
Of the initial 25 Ghanaians and Nigerians that registered at the beginning of the 2015-2017 session, 17 Fellows graduated; 10 of whom are Nigerians. The class was named ‘Karfi Kuo’ meaning ‘Group of Strength’ which originated from the Hausa (Nigeria) and the Twi (Ghana) dialects.
The graduation of the ‘Karfi Kuo’ class took place at the historic Aburi region in Ghana. The Nigerian Fellows of the class are: Ayisha Osori; Consultant, Founder of Advocates for Change & Social Justice, and former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund; Ayodeji Adewunmi; President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobberman; Clare Omatseye; Founder and Managing Director of JNC International Nigeria Ltd; Kelechi Ohiri; Chief Executive Officer, Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF); Mohammed Abu Ibrahim; Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Management & Dev. Systems ; Muhammad Sani Abdullahi; Commissioner, Budget and Planning, Kaduna State, Nigeria; Olaniyi Yusuf; Managing Director of Accenture Nigeria; Sanyade Okoli; Chief Executive Officer, Alpha African Advisory Limited; Tokunboh George-Taylor; Managing Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Nigeria; Waziri Adio; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)
ALIWA has successfully graduated 87 Fellows from West Africa, 39 of who are Nigerians that have passed through the fellowship program over ten years. These Fellows join the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector — currently more than 2,400 “Fellows” from over 50 countries.
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