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The information being taught in African universities are on an estimated 10 - 15 years delay.
Students graduate from these universities with little knowledge of how to make strategic decisions, carve deliberate career paths, analyse and predict trends in local industries; or even simpler skills like email etiquette, cordial negotiation, networking, critical thinking, sales and leadership.
Photo credit: developersinvogue.org, AAA Alumni
We work in 3-month cohorts of 20 -25 selected students - Rising Stars, we call them. They are smart, ambitious, unconventional graduates and young adults in transitional phases in their lives. We train them practically by leveraging on current global topics and local issues. They also work on hands-on projects which could eventually become one of their income streams.
After the training, we match them to 3-month trial jobs with our local and global partner organisations. The goal here is that they learn on the job, get immersed in international environments and gain more hands-on experience to prepare them to become valuable employees, creatives or entrepreneurs. It is up to the Rising Stars to impress their employers and retain the job, start something of theirs, and/or move on to better opportunities after the 3 month period - with the added advantage of being a part of the close-knit and supportive Alumni community of AAA.
For each cohort, we focus on a particular African country, starting with Nigeria and Ghana. We set up a venue in the country via local hubs and partner organizations, recruit the Rising Stars, build a team of local supporting staff, and start training to take our Rising Stars from clueless to "I can do whatever I set my mind to."
To support the AAA core team, we have local teaching staff who are accomplished Africans between the ages of 20 and 45 who have achieved aspirational goals, are well-known in their fields and countries, and care about paying it forward - giving time to share their knowledge, lessons and solutions to the challenge of "making it" here in Africa.
"I met Ivy in 2016 at a youth-focused event. She struck me as a young lady on a bold mission that could impact Africa. When I got a chance to mentor her at the regional E-Skills for Girls Competition in March this year, it was a pleasure working with her. She gracefully takes corrections, always has a huge smile on her face, expresses herself articulately, and leads her team with graceful professionalism. It's no surprise to me that she went on to win the global E-Skills for Girls Competition held in Germany, met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and received £15000 grant to build Developers in Vogue." - Kelechi Udoagwu
"I met Kelechi few months ago and she was phenomenal in helping me put my thoughts and idea together. While starting my award-winning social enterprise, Developers In Vogue, I was unsure of what steps to take. As a woman in tech, Kelechi provided valuable feedback – one of them I remember so well was when she told me to make sure I state all references for statistics I had mentioned in my pitch deck. Kelechi has a kind heart and is always on the look-out for opportunities to help other people. Keep up the good work, Kelechi! I truly appreciate you." - Ivy Barley
"We truly believe that this generation can change the trajectory of Africa, the continent; but only if we put our minds to it and consider it our responsibility, like a full-time job.
We are all winging it but some of us fly better than others. It's up to us who are ahead to look back and pull others up.
We might not change the world but we'll definitely change some lives."
– The AAA Team.
Hello there! Thank you for stopping by the African Adulting Academy.
This 31 July 2017, I ended my contract as Head of Communications at MEST - one of Africa's top startup schools/incubators - to focus on building and scaling the mission of AAA across Africa - with the goal to empower more African graduates and young adults to believe in their abilities and bring useful, original, daring ideas to life, here on the continent.
I see a need for more support, more collaboration, more creativity, more execution and more young people taking up civic leadership roles. It's time those of us who have made a little headway in life start to pay it forward by actively training the Rising Stars of the next generation.
I've always had a deep-rooted passion to inspire and educate, and in recent years have volunteered and mentored numerous young adults via MEST, Skrife, the MasterCard Fdn Scholars Program, For Creative Girls, etc.
As I leave MEST, I am taking my own advice to dream big and take a bold step. With AAA, I am formalizing all the experience, time and lessons I've gained over the last 3 years to build a program for Africans by Africans. I can't do this on my own, however, and implore all who are moved by the mission of AAA to reach out via the form below.
AAA is open to full-on partnerships and open collaboration - especially with investors, experienced faculty, sponsors, venue partners, operational volunteers, supporting teaching staff, etc. Everything we need, you are welcome to chime in with.
Please contact us via the form below.
Peace and love,