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One of the joys of working in Africa is the opportunity to connect with so many bright young people who are ambitious to make a big difference to the continent.

The African Leadership University attracts some of the continent’s brightest and best. The University’s stated aim is to develop these young talents into Africa’s future leaders and it believes that entrepreneurship is key to achieving this objective.

The ALU’s latest Radio Ubuntu podcast http://bit.ly/2HfCUla focuses on Africa at a time of Covid-19 and discusses how Africa’s young people can come out of this crisis stronger than ever.

It featured my colleague Desiree Joule-Adams of the African Women Entrepreneurship Network and I was also invited to give some thoughts in my capacity as a member of the ALU Board of Trustees: http://bit.ly/2HfCUla



The latest outbreak of racial violence in the USA has had many people despairing about the future of that once great country.

So many American cities are engulfed in flames and hatred at the moment that many wonder whatever happened to the American Dream. So it’s gratifying to report something good coming out of America – namely a cooperative that is delivering hope and support to a new generation of African female entrepreneurs.

The African Womens Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) is based in the USA but operates across the whole of Africa. At the last count is is supporting 600 women from 52 countries on the continent. You may have heard about it from Desiree in the ALU Podcast as she now works with the Cooperative.

AWEC’s stated aim is to charge Africa through the female entrepreneurs it supports. It empowers the women with the knowledge and professional networks to build scalable enterprises, and it provides a 12-month leadership programme followed by access to an alumni network of African female business leaders.

You can find out more about AWEC here: www.thecge.net/awec or through Desiree direct at desjadam@yahoo.com

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