Chidubem is a 17-year-old full-time student at African Leadership Academy (ALA), a two-year pre-university program in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a mission to identify, develop, and connect Africa’s future leaders.
Chidubem was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for his passion for public service, his commitment to Africa, and his demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.
Chidubem is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable him to purchase a laptop to conduct assignments and research, to run his community service project and/or student run business which forms part of the ALA curriculum, and to participate fully in the world-class program offered by ALA.
Chidubem comes from Abuja, Nigeria and is one of a family of six.
At school in Suleja, Nigeria, Chidubem’s natural ability to lead others was recognized by his extensive involvement in a number of clubs and societies as well as the numerous leadership positions he held. He served on the Student Editorial Board and was the service secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Students, the secretary of the Jets Club, the general secretary of the Technicians and Scientists Club, and an active member of the Junior Engineers club. Chidubem was also the Head Boy of his school. Though it was challenging to balance his role as Head Boy with his academics and numerous other activities, Chidubem was able to organize his time efficiently -- a skill which he views as crucial to a good leader.
Chidubem is also a good student and a gifted artist. He was awarded first prize for Best Graphics junior category for his painting titled “Kick AIDS out of Nigeria."
Chidubem has a deep passion for Africa and wants to bring about positive change to the continent by focusing on improving transportation. He hopes to establish a corporation that will provide an effective transportation system with continent-wide coverage. He is passionate about economic stability and wants work to close the wealth disparity gap in most African countries.
About African Leadership Academy
African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a pan-African institution established to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting the continent’s next generation of leaders. ALA utilizes a vast network of contacts across Africa to identify the most promising 15- to 19-year-old leaders on the continent. These future leaders are then brought together for a two-year pre-university program at a world-class institution in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of these students attend college in the U.S. with the promise to return to Africa after their studies. ALA’s student body comes from over 44 African countries and includes equal numbers of boys and girls.
In the digital age, the importance of technology in leadership and student life cannot be underestimated. To equip ALA students with the technological tools they need to be transformative leaders, Kiva provides laptop loans totalling about $500 per student ad the start of every academic year.
Loan documentation for this student has been signed by both the student and his or her parent or guardian. Further, this student's parent or guardian has been consulted throughout the process of this student's decision to take on a loan through Kiva.
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