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2018 Queen’s Young Leader Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph has announced the launch of his Africave platform, an initiative that will guide the development of young Africans aged 13 – 19 by connecting them with mentorship for self-development as well as to access global opportunities.
Africave will identify some of Africa’s most promising young talent aged 13 – 19, and pair them up with carefully selected African mentors from across the continent for a 6-month period. Its mission is to build an inspired community of bright young Africans, and help them access global opportunities to impact the world in the way they want to and create a legacy they’re proud of.
The carefully selected and curated mentors consists of very high-achieving young Africans, mostly under the age of 25, who have attended prestigious schools including Duke, Princeton, UCL, Cambridge; have competed at the Olympics; have been employed by top global organisations like Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group, Rolls Royce, McKinsey, Accenture, UNESCO and Google; and have built organisations that have cumulatively impacted the lives of over 50,000 people: from making mental health counselling more accessible across the continent, to implementing programs to defeating Boko Haram in West Africa, and implementing technology solutions for agriculture.
Guided by the values of social impact, value-creation and integrity, Africave hopes to leverage the unique expertise of its partners to grow and deliver impact to its fellows.
This initiative is one that is very personal to me. I have been a beneficiary of the generous mentorship, friendship and guidance of so many people. I have been able to access opportunities that have enabled me to contribute to my community and country. This is why I decided to bring together a group of young high-achieving Africans to help create more young Africans who are like us. Africave is founded on the belief that we can create incredible impact if we come together, to contribute to the development of people. I’m so grateful for the incredible young leaders who have decided to come together for us to achieve this dream.
Applications for its inaugural class of young fellows are now open to all Africans aged 13 – 19 here.