The continent of Africa is ranked among the developing world and a major factor influencing this is the quality of leaders who are piloting affairs of African States. Development can be largely achieved with effective leadership and representation. Many Heads of State are senior citizens who ought to be by the sidelines giving counsel to the young leaders. Some of them have been the only leader the citizens have ever had and this has a way of affecting their general idea of leadership.
Below is a list of some aged Heads of State in Africa:
1. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe (Age: 92 years old)
2. Beji Caid Essebsi – Tunisia (Age: 89 years)
3. Paul Biya – Cameroun (Age: 83 years)
4. Abdelaziz Bouteflika – Algeria (Age: 79 years)
5. Manuel Pinto da Costa – São Tomé and Príncipe (Age: 79 years)
6. Alpha Condé – Guinea (Age: 78 years)
7. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia (Age: 77 years)
8. Peter Mutharika – Malawi (Age: 75 years)
9. Jacob Zuma – South Africa (Age: 74 years)
10. Alassane Ouattara – Ivory Coast (Age: 74 years)
11. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria (Age: 73 years)
We wish to plead with our African leaders to please give the #YouthAChance to take the rein. Involving them early enough would guarantee rapid development and a sustainable future.
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African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and and excel in the academic environment, they are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.
Young African leaders aged 16 – 18 are strongly encouraged to apply.
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The problem with most African communities has not been lack of resources but the lack of effective leadership. African leaders have done very little in developing and mentoring other young people to become accountable and dependable leader.
To ensure a sustainable future for a developing world like Africa, young people have to be trained on how to be effective and credible leaders. This September, the African Youth Corner launches her flagship program, the Leadership Shuttle. The program aims at equipping young people with the necessary knowledge they need to lead themselves and community. The program would bring several young leaders in the various communities and engage participants in order to prepare them, sharpen their leadership skills and enhance their capacities and quality of service when they lead in society.