A Message from our Founder
LEAP Africa was established in 2002 based on two convictions. First – that Africa desperately needed a new generation of visionary, ethical, creative and disciplined servant leaders and second – that a small group of people who shared the same vision could work together to change their communities, countries and indeed the world.
Since its inception, LEAP has pioneered leadership, civics, ethics, governance and succession training programmes for youth, business owners, civil society and the public sector. Through Youth LEAP, we have trained youth, teachers and practitioners across Africa. The change projects launched by our youth as a prerequisite for completing the programme have impacted over 200,000 people in communities across Nigeria. Many of our alumni are celebrated leaders across Nigeria, and we are extremely excited about the roles that are playing in shaping Africa’s future.
Through Business LEAP, we have trained and supported entrepreneurs across Nigeria, many of whom have transformed their businesses from one-man enterprises, to institutions that collectively employ thousands of people. Our research team has produced eleven books and mini-series which are actively used by entrepreneurs, managers and institutions across the globe.
In addition, through our collaborations with the African Leadership Institute, Naija Junction – the Nigeria 2025 Scenarios has contributed immensely to public discourse and serves as an excellent tool for policy makers and change agents. Similarly, our partnership with the Aspen Institute and the Databank Foundation Ghana which birth the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), has enabled Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to move from success to significance.
Beyond the indicators of our impact and reach, I am most proud of the institution that we have been able to build – one that is synonymous with good governance and ethical leadership. The dedication that has been exhibited by our Board, staff and volunteers over the past thirteen years has been unmatched. We have successfully completed Board and management successions. In addition, we have invested in building a sustainable institution with a healthy endowment fund and our own modest building.
Through the support of amazing Board members, committed staff, visionary funders, and wonderful supporters – including our volunteers, friends and family, clearly, LEAP has made tremendous impact. However, we recognize that as an organization, we have only scratched the surface of Africa’s leadership challenge.
With our new focus on e-LEAP and strategic partnerships, I am more convinced today than I was at our inception, that in our life time, with your continued support, we will inspire, empower and equip a new generation of principled, disciplined and creative leaders who will transform Nigeria, West Africa and indeed the continent of Africa.
Thank you for believing in the vision and joining us on this journey!
Your labor of love, sacrifices and dedication have not and will never be in vain!
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR)
Founder, LEAP Africa
Co-Founder, AACE Foods
Director, Sahel Capital & Advisory Partners