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Akan Nelson, (Nigeria, entering class of 2009):Akan Nelson is a recent graduate in Economics from the University of Rochester. Professionally, he is looking to cultivate my expertise and experiences in strategic fundraising and finance strategy towards a career in business development and finance consulting. In everything he does, Akan believe in inspiring excellence and pan-African success. He spends his free time lightweight powerlifting, and enjoys reading and writing fiction and non-fiction.
Mohamadou Diatta, (Senegal, entering class of 2010): Mouhammadou currently attends Michigan State University where he majors in Computer Engineering and is part of the inaugural MasterCard Foundation Scholars cohort. Mohamadou worked as an intern at African Leadership Foundation’s (ALF) offices in the USA, and has also interned at IBM.
Seretsi Khabane Lekena, (South Africa, entering class of 2010): Seretsi, from South Africa, is currently a student at Morehouse College pursuing a BSc in Applied Physics and a BEng in Computer Engineering. His passion for interactive media has lead him to the self-study of Unity 3D, an interactive media design program. He has interned for Coca-Cola and IBM. While at ALA, KB was RA of Classified, and was a member of Congo House.
Imelda Rweyemamu, (Tanzania, entering class of 2008 Inaugural class): Upon graduating from ALA in 2010, she joined Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. Imelda graduated from Jacobs with a BSc in Electrical and Computer engineering in June 2013. Imelda now works as a product manager for the IBM Africa software group(SWG) in Tanzania.
Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, Malawi, entering class of 2011: After ALA, Priscilla took a gap-year, during which she worked on establishing an organization called PenAfrica. As part of her Gap Year experience, she also enrolled in Watson University, an innovative semester-long accelerator program for young entrepreneurs. In August 2014, she began her undergraduate studies at Smith College. While at ALA, Priscilla was in the ALA girl’s soccer team, was a member of ALApella, and served in the student government as secretary.
Ousseynou Diome, Senegal, entering class of 2008, (Inaugural Class): Ousseynou graduated from Bennington College (USA) in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Political Economy. He currently works as an Associate at the Accra office of Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies(Stanford SEED). Over the last four years, Ousseynou has taken on internships at the African Women’s Millennium Initiative(AWOMI), Root Capital(twice), and Royal DSM.
Oswald Codjoe, Ghana, entering class of 2008 (Inaugural Class): Oswald holds a bachelors degree from the University of Rochester with majors in Financial Economics and Political Science. Currently, he works at Colgate-Palmolive in Accra. At ALA, he served as Chairman of the inaugural Student Government.
Sheila Chukwulozie, Nigeria, Entering Class of 2010: After learning the power of art to transcend reality and change mindsets, Sheila became committed to finding new ways to fuse art and political theory specifically for Africa’s development. Sheila has done internships with General Electric, Chocolate City, and Eve &Tribe. With a focus on gender equality, she spent three years developing a non-profit organization, EmoART with a mission to equip youth with the imagination of an artist, the technical skills of an entrepreneur and the emotional intelligence of a leader. Right now, she is a Theater and Dance major at Amherst College but she took a semester off to come back home and spend time with her lovely mother. She also loves Phyno, Beyonce, Rihanna, Foster The People, William Kentridge, Modern Family and Arrested Development.