The giant in you is a column dedicated to bringing out the potential for leadership lying dormant or asleep inside most African youths. It aims to highlight the leadership qualities of Africans as well as mentoring young Africans on the leadership qualities and essence that will help them take up the challenge of tomorrows leaders. Here, we showcase institutions and persons who promote leadership in Africa, present simple leadership tips and skills that will help you become an African man/woman of responsibility to your community, society, country and the continent.


The African Achievers Awards (AAA) is a yearly event birthed to recognize individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves in their contribution towards the growth and development of Africa. Our focus is to motivate all African leaders including the future leaders through recognizing the persons and organizations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa.

The First African Achievers Awards was Presented to Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu in recognition for his fight for Human Right, Justice and Peace during his 80th Birthday celebration Hosted by Kings College, London.

The 2012 award winners include; Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda, President of Malawi, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, Nigeria and Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Hon. Thokhozani Khupe.  

The 2013 Edition Award ceremony was Held in Hilton Hotel Nairobi, Kenya on the23rd of February 2013. Notable African’s who won the Award includes; Late Prof. Atta Mills former President of Ghana, Dr Rilwanu Lukman of Nigeria, Dr. Margaret Blick Kigozi of Uganda and Sir Chukwuemeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative of Nigeria.

African Leadership Academy


Fred Swaniker is an entrepreneur with deep experience in education and leadership on the African continent. He is the founder and CEO of the African Leadership Academy, a pan-African institution in Ghana, that aims to develop future generations of African leaders. Swaniker holds an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. from Macalester College.Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders. In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.


Zimbabwe's Ratidzo Nagel, Face of AYF

Zimbabwe’s Ratidzo Nagel, Face of AYF

The African Youth Foundation (AYF) is a non-profit development organization based in Bonn, Germany. AYF was established in 2000 to aid young African people in the Diaspora and in Africa, as well as Europeans with African descent, to undertake projects which will enable them obtain skills necessary for their future livelihoods. The organisation’s mandate is to promote youth education for Africans in the Diaspora as well as Europeans with African descent. Gender equality is also another chapter in AYF ‘s mandate with a view to mobilising and developing the talents of the youth to contribute meaningfully to national and global development. A concept which will motivate the youth to begin their own enterprises particularly in the informal sectors, other than migrating to other countries. The Organisation specialises in training business and entrepreneurial skills through the help of Local Business Institutions. AYF promotes self awareness, researches development conditions in African countries, analyses favourable conditions for development and participation of the youth in a full social and secured life.

Main Activities

  • promotion of youth education through workshops and seminars, vocational and leadership training courses in African countries;
  • provision of books and financial assistance to encourage the youngsters to complete their education;
  • publication of books, journals, guides, surveys, studies, newsletters;
  • conferences, expert group meetings, lectures.

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