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Student filmmaker aims to amplify black voices

29 November 2017

Austin, TX – November 29, 2017 - Ukairo Ukairo strives to be cinema’s next major black talent, but he isn’t like Steve McQueen, Spike Lee or Sidney Poitier. His main focus isn’t the attention his skills can get him, but how he can use those skills to serve the underrepresented group he’s most invested in: the black community at UT. [...] Read more...



African Leadership Bridge Celebrates Expansion of Efforts in Africa at 11th Annual Fundraiser

24 October 2017

Austin, TX – October 24, 2017 - The Austin-based charity African Leadership Bridge (ALB) will hold its eleventh annual fall fundraiser, "A Night in Africa," on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Springdale Station located at 979 Springdale Road. This event seeks to raise money to help current and prospective students, from Africa, attend universities in the United States. A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of two new partnerships - one between ALB and TekZone, and one between ALB and Business Innovations for Good (BIG Ideas) - to leverage their education ecosystems. [...] Read more...



African Leadership Bridge and Group TekZone Partner to Drive Sustainable Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa Through Education

13 June 2017

Austin, TX, June 13, 2017 --( African Leadership Bridge (ALB) and Group TekZone (TekZone) have entered into a partnership to equip, train, develop and enable Sub-Saharan African youth to create local solutions to local problems. ALB has successfully sponsored and mentored a number of African students through undergraduate programs in the US. This partnership allows ALB to leverage the infrastructure and services provided by TekZone to extend and scale this effort and impact to those located on the African continent. [...] Read more...



OSU alum Yves Mafolo travels the world to make his dreams a reality

By Ariel West. 2 June 2017

He may get to travel all over the globe, but Yves Mafolo put in the hard work to get to where he is today. Oklahoma State University finance graduate Yves Mafolo is an Angolan national that grew up and lived across the African continent. He attended the African Leadership Academy where he launched both a community-based organization in the outskirts of Johannesburg and a business on-campus, having big dreams to travel the world and open a Pan-African investment firm. He accepted the African Leadership Bridge scholarship and began attending OSU in June 2011, where he began honing his passion of changing Africa. [...] Read more...



Passing It On

By Larisa Manescu. 25 August 2014

Like any incoming Longhorn, recent high-school graduate Diana Ayoub is getting excited about coming to The University of Texas in August to study finance and economics. But, as an international student from Qena, Egypt, her story is also a unique one. [...] Read more...



Stinking it up for clean water

27 March 2014

Three local Africa-focused nonprofits join forces for one cause: a week-long shower boycott for charity. African Leadership Bridge founder and president, Rick Reeder, joined Well Aware's Shower Strike to raise money to help provide clean water to East Africa. He was joined by others around the world and here in Austin. [...] Read more...



African Leadership Bridge connects students to schools

By Michael Barnes. 1 September 2013

Graduating from the top-ranked high school in Kenya, John Kidenda considered Harvard University, Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology — also the University of Texas and Texas A&M University — for their engineering programs. Cadets in uniform at A&M made him hesitate. He liked, instead, the beauty, size and scale of UT and Austin. Also the global student body. [...] Read more...



Technology – The equalizer in education for rural poor

By Garth Moore. 13 March 2013

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival started March 8, covering all the new topics and releases in film, music and interactive. This week-long event is big on hype, crowds, food, drinks and celebrities. The do-gooder events get tucked in here and there – and when you find them, they are usually fascinating and informative. [...] Read more...



A New Kind of Scholarship for Africa's Brightest

By Forrest Burnson. 30 January 2013

AFTER GRADUATING FROM The University of Texas at Austin, John Kidenda began to pay back the scholarship that had made his college degree possible in the face of adversity. Halfway through his college career as an engineering route business major, the native Kenyan faced the possibility of not being able to finish his degree. His mother had just been diagnosed with cancer, and his family resources were diverted to paying for her care. Not knowing what to do, Kidenda turned to his friend and mentor, Rick Reeder, a senior consultant at Dell. [...] Read more...