The African Leadership Bridge is championing the next generation of African leaders through sustainable scholarships and a strong support network to provide the tools and experience needed to drive change in the African continent. Established in 2006, African Leadership Bridge has worked with the African Leadership Academy to identify promising African students with a strong entrepreneurial drive and a dedication to the transformation of the African continent through hard work and leadership.
Opening doors to select universities like The University of Texas and Oklahoma State University, the African Leadership Bridge family provides full scholarships and unmatched emotional support to create a unique environment for students to thrive during their college experiences. Beyond a commitment to personal education, African Leadership Bridge alumni use their knowledge and experience from the US to serve as leaders in their home countries and beyond while providing financial contributions to future African Leadership Bridge students, creating a sustainable impact in Africa.
African Leadership Bridge is still committed to developing Africa's young leaders through education, however in 2017 we began a process to do that within the African continent. We are making this shift for a number of reasons, but primary among them is to impact more lives more quickly. We strongly believe that Africa is rapidly approaching an inflection point where they will desperately need as many job-creating leaders and entrepreneurs as possible. By focusing our funding on shorter cycle educational opportunities, such as the ones we are piloting with our partners at (1) TekZone in Cameroon, and (2) with BIG Ideas in Rwanda and Uganda, we believe we can help create a qualified workforce to help entrepreneurs and to embolden the entrepreneurs themselves.
Newest ALB scholar, Ukairo Ukpai Ukairo, began his studies at The University of Texas at Austin where he will be majoring in Radio-Television-Film. He joins fellow scholars Diana Esmat from Qena, Egypt enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin in the Finance and Economics program and Wambui Mburu of Nairobi, Kenya enrolled at Oklahoma State University in the Aviation program.
The African Leadership Bridge is championing innovation in how higher education is funded for Africa's best and brightest. We are committed to making our scholarships sustainable by implementing a Pay It Forward model where each ALB graduate commits a portion of their income back to the foundation.
The African Leadership Bridge has formed an alliance with the African Leadership Academy for the scholarship selection process. This Academy brings together 250 of the most promising 15-18 year-old leaders from all 54 African nations. ALA graduates attend the world's finest universities and agree to return to lead Africa toward a peaceful and prosperous future.
Yves Mafolo, who graduated #1 in his class from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and was named Most Outstanding Student, has accepted a job with GE Oil and Gas in Angola. We are so proud of him and so gratified that he is back in Africa helping to transform his community. In Africa, Yves joins fellow ALB graduates, Takalani Malivha, recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics back in South Africa doing post-graduate study, thanks to winning a coveted Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship, and John Kidenda, our first scholarship recipient.
THE BRIDGE FELLOW PROGRAM
The ALB Bridge Fellow Program is a unique way to create opportunities for talented African students at the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University. The goal is to enable donors to see the impact of their donations and allow for different levels of participation. Bridge Fellow Program benefits include unparalleled access to the foundation, students, and the decision making processes. Through opportunities with the Advisory Board, receptions with students, and even visits to the African Leadership Academy, members can make a personal impact on the students and the future of The African Leadership Bridge.