Ebenezer 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.
Ebenezer 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.
Ebenezer 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.
Ebenezer comes from a humble background and is one of a family of nine.
A true entrepreneur, Ebenezer has the ability to view challenges as opportunities for positive action. When his parents could no longer afford to pay school fees for him and his sister, Ebenezer initiated and ran a cake selling enterprise, and he was able to make enough money to pay for his and his sister’s school fees. He also successfully started his own business, setting up a communications center where he acted as the administrator and oversaw photocopying, processing of photos, and typing. “I believe in putting knowledge into action,” says Ebenezer.
Ebenezer is also passionate about uplifting and motivating his community and was very involved in bringing people together for religious and educational programs. He organized many spiritual reunions and tutoring sessions with his peers and was nominated to become the president of a religious group at his school. He was also a leader for an AIDS campaign and the secretary for the student government at his school. He is very proud of African culture and believes that Africa should be modernized and developed but not without an emphasis on values.
Academically, Ebenezer is a high achiever. He recently came in 12th in his country in a math Olympiad contest.
Ebenezer is passionate about transforming the world by transforming Africa. His goal is to be a strategic adviser to African governments to help create high-growth strategies. He believes that transformative leadership comes from leading by example to inspire and influence others. “Leaders must be self-aware and most importantly cognizant of the fact that they do not always have the answers,” says Ebenezer.
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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