Category youth

Success Story from the Gambia: Yahya Kandeh Supports Youths and Community Health

Yahya Kandeh was born on the 29th of April, 1984. He was raised in Cha Kunda, a village in the Central River Region of The Gambia with his two older brothers, sister, and one young brother and two sisters from his father’s second wife. Even though his parents valued education, they like many others in […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Billionaire Tony Elumelu Gives Back through Investment in Young African Entrepreneurs

BONUS POST: In honor of all of the members of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) and all those active in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), for which Mr. Elumelu serves as an adviser. Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu was born to a middle-class family in March 1963 in Jos, Nigeria. He has four siblings. Mr. […]

Success Story from the Gambia: Modou Basirr Leigh, Youth Leader

Modou Basirr Leigh was born in 1989 in Serrekunda, a large town in the Gambia. Serrekunda is a place with strong cultural and religious traditions where Muslims and Christians enjoy good relations. Modou’s parents viewed education as the most essential aspect of their children’s development. Modou was fortunate to attend some excellent, although not very […]

Success Story from Liberia: Phillip Garjay Innis, Advocate for Youths and the Environment

Born in the early 1980s in Bomi County during a period characterized by political turmoil, Phillip Garjay Innis’s childhood was riddled with chaos, disruptions, challenges and uncertainties. Many times, during the heat of the civil crises in Liberia, he faced daily the harrowing fear of losing his life or the lives of relatives and friends […]

Success Story from Tanzania: Allen Kimbelwa is Empowering Young Leaders

Allen Ezekiel Kimbelwa was born in September 1986 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He grew up with his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Allen attended Mtendeni Primary School and completed his secondary school studies at Loyola High School in Dar. While in high school, Allen met an amazing teacher from India, Mr. Faizan, who […]

Success Story from Zambia: Stella Mutale Sata Supports Future Leaders

SPECIAL BONUS POST in honor of October marking one year of African Development Successes. Stella Mutale Sata was born on Valentine’s Day in Lusaka, Zambia in 1994. She is the daughter of His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, who served as the fifth President of Zambia from September 2011 until his death at the age […]

Success Story from Sierra Leone: Dr. Sylvia Blyden, an Advocate for Women and Youths

Sylvia Olayinka Walmina Oreshola Blyden was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in October 1971 to a family of achievers. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Edward Wilmot Blyden, who is considered the “father of Pan-Africanism.” Her maternal grandfather is the politician Solomon A. J. Pratt, and her paternal grandfather is the late diplomat Edward Wilmot Blyden […]