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Alumni experience

Celebrating diversity: Programme for African Leadership alumni stories

I no longer see Africa as one homogenous geographical bloc but as a colourful continent of people who are strong and determined

The Programme for African Leadership equips students with the skills needed to excel after graduation, which is when the real journey starts. We look at the experiences of the PfAL alumni, who reveal their most valued lessons and ambitions for the future.

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Dapo Oyewole-PfAL alum appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the President in Nigeria

We are very pleased to share that Dapo Oyewole, PfAL 12 alum, was recently appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the President in Nigeria. Dapo says "I promise to serve with diligence, more vigour and no less rigour, and as our national anthem demands:  with ‘heart and might’."

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Chris Agape-PfAL alum releases The Ultimate Chevening Guide

Are you a prospective student seeking scholarship opportunities to come to the LSE? Applications for The Chevening scholarship are currently open for the 2024/2025 session for young leaders and change makers across the globe. To accelerate your journey, download this guide by Chris Agape  Ajah, current PFAL intern, Chevening scholar and graduate MSc Health Policy Planning and Financing. 

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Alumni Experience

 Zainab Haruna writes about her experience at LSE and learning to see Africa as a colourful continent of strong and determined people.

"Hallmark moments are like the beautiful photos which we save for the photo albums. They affect and define us so that from time to time, we are moved to take them out, to remember them and relive the wonderful memories. My acceptance into, and participation in the LSE Program for African Leadership, PfAL certainly deserves many pages in my memory album."

Read Zainab Haruna's full PfAL alumni experience here.


Aaron Kirunda, part of the inaugural PfAL cohort in 2012, discusses his experience at LSE and subsequent work developing children's literacy.

"After PFAL, I was determined to be part of the solution. I knew it was possible, and when I got back home I got two colleagues and we pooled our savings together and started a business, which has evolved into something else. It was not easy to start, but the feeling and desire to be part of the solution, to make my country better in my lifetime, was the driving factor more than anything else."

Read Aaron Kirunda's full PfAL alumni experience here.


Roberta Kisubi (PfAL 2020-21) and Matilda Mutanguha (PfAL 2019-20) reflect on PfAL mentorship programme and connecting across PfAL year groups.

"All in all, this was a fantastic opportunity to connect with and guide future leaders. The experience highlighted the importance of utilising networks to ensure that alumni and current students can learn from each other through an informal transmission of knowledge and psychosocial support, which is relevant to professional and academic development."

Read about the mentorship experience here.


 Tips for new graduates

PfAL alumni Innocent Anguyo interviewed a recent LSE graduate with nearly forty years of professional experience in senior positions at a global company. Innocent asks him what lessons he has for other LSE graduates entering the workplace early in their career, what he would have done differently, and what he would do now in the current climate.

Read the interview by PfAL alumni Innocent Anguyo here.

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