A loan of $500 helped to purchase a laptop for his studies.


Ebenezer's story

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.



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