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PfAL Events

Upcoming events with PfAL

PfAL has been an inspiring forum to challenge myself and other enthusiastic young Africans to learn from each other.

The Programme for African Leadership is an extra-curricular programme focused on leadership development and networking, available exclusively to graduate students of African nationality currently studying at the School.

Upcoming PfAL events 

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Ubuntu Cafe

To celebrate Black History Month we'd like to invite you to the Ubuntu Cafe a celebration of African culture, diversity, and heritage. The theme for this edition is Roots, Bridges, and Echoes: Reclaiming our Stories. Join us for an evening with amazing performances including spoken word, storytelling, music, and the book launch of “Conversations from Last Night” by PfAL alumna Victory Osas. 

Date: 12 October 

Time: 5:30 pm

Venue: LSE GenDen (Ground floor St. Clemment's, across the Old Building, student services)

Register here


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Thesis Bootcamp

Writing a Master’s dissertation can be an enriching and memorable experience but we know it can be difficult to get started, maintain momentum and stay motivated. The Dissertation Bootcamp is an opportunity to learn tips and strategies, receive feedback on your work so far and spend time dedicated developing your thesis. The Bootcamp is more relevant to postgraduate students who are in the early writing stages, or who have begun their research and would like to review their process so far and plan their next steps.

  • Interactive workshop
  • Immersive writing day
  • 1-1 coaching with researchers and LSE alumni
  • Peer mentoring
  • Lunch!

The Bootcamp will include the following sessions. 

  • Dedicated 'Write Time' sessions
  • Group reflections to share progress 
  • 'Build your Thesis' with Lego Serious Play (subject to sign ups)
  • Panel session with recent alumni
  • Lunch (1-2pm)
  • Distinction Dissertation workshop by Dr Souad Mohamed (2-3pm)
  • Feedback session with FLIA staff and researchers 

Time: 10am - 5pm

Date: Thursday, 13 July

Venue: FAW 9.05 (Research Suites above the FLIA)

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PfAL Connect

PfAL Connect is an exciting new initiative from the Programme for African Leadership aimed at fostering connection, amplifying opportunities and support between the LSE Africa alumni community and the PfAL alumni network with the current PfAL cohort.




International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, the Programme for African Leadership are hosting an event to celebrate women driving change in their areas of expertise across the continent.

There will be a welcome address from H.E. Toyin Saraki, Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, followed by insights from Dr. Mariam Dahir, anti-FGM activist, who will lead the conversation. Join us in person or online

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2023
17.30-19.30 GMT
MAR 2.08 and online.


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Mandela Musical live-stream

Students on the Programme for African Leadership were invited to watch Mandela, the new musical, via the Young Vic's live stream. 

Infused with the rhythms of South Africa, 'Mandela' tells the story of a man who changed the course of modern history - the sacrifices he made as a husband and father, and the global movement that inspired him and his comrades to keep fighting.

Date: 23 January 2023


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Ubuntu Café

The Ubuntu Café is a space for African students at LSE and friends of Africa to connect, converge, debate and be empowered.

Come and join us for our first event, celebrating Black History Month and Africa at LSE, held on 13 October from 17:00-19:00 at the LSE GenDen in LSE Generate, Houghton Street.

African students at LSE, friends of Africa, PfAL students, PfAL alumni based in London, LSE staff and faculty, and African students in nearby universities are invited to attend and celebrate the spirit of Ubuntu. 

Register here to attend the first Ubuntu Café

Date: 13 October 2022


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Programme for African Leadership, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, 8th Floor, Pethick-Lawrence House, Clement's Inn, London, WC2A 2AE

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