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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 on how to make strategic decisions, carve deliberate career paths, analyse or predict trends in local industries; or even simpler skills like email etiquette, cordial negotiation, networking, business strategy, critical thinking, sales and leadership.
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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 intensively and practically by leveraging on current global topics and local issues. They also work on hands-on projects which could become one of their income streams.
After the training, we match them to 3-month trial jobs with our partner organisations. The goal here is that they learn on the job, gain more hands-on experience, and have some corporate experience even if they decide to become creatives or entrepreneurs. It is up to the Rising Stars to impress their employers and retain the job or move on to better opportunities after 3 months - with the added advantage of being part of the strong and exclusive pan-African Alumni community of AAA.
Every quarter, we'll move to a new African country (starting with Nigeria/Ghana/Cameroon) set up a venue via our local partner organisations, complete recruitment of the Rising Stars for that cohort, build a local team of volunteers and Teaching Staff, and start the intensive training that takes our Rising Stars from clueless to "I can do whatever I set my mind to."
We are currently growing our team of full-time Teaching Staff (most of whom work pro-bono but with fiery passion) who can commit to a one-year contract - teaching 3 cohorts on 3 trips to 3 African countries in a year.
For each country, we'll have supporting local Teaching Staff. These are young, accomplished indigenes between the ages of 20 and 45. They are well-known in their country, have achieved admirable goals in various fields, and care about paying it forward - sharing their time and opportunities to raise a new generation of Rising Stars who may have never reached their potential without this initiative.
"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 won the global E-Skills for Girls Competition held in Germany, met with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and received £15000 grant to build Developers in Vogue." - Kelechi Udoagwu
Hello there! Thank you for stopping by the African Adulting Academy.
In about a month, 31 July 2017 to be precise; I'll be leaving my role as Head of Communications at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) - Africa's top startup school and Incubator - to focus on building and scaling the mission and activities of this Academy across Africa - with the goal to empower young adults to stand up and make Africa great.
I see a need in this generation for more collaboration, more support, more dreaming, more execution and more civic leadership roles. It's time those of us who have made a little headway in life pay it forward by volunteering some time, effort and resources to train the Rising Stars of the next generation.
I've always had a deep-rooted passion to inspire and educate those younger than I am (also an annoying habit of turning every conversation into a motivational speech, but that is not the point here :) - and in recent years, have mentored numerous young adults via MEST, Skrife, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, STEMbess, For Creative Girls, my personal website where I share resources and volunteer An Hour A Week, and also by contributing career advice to blogs and magazines like Bella Naija and True Africa.
At the end of my contract at MEST, I have decided to take my own advice, take a bold step, and build something I truly care about – the African Adulting Academy. With this initiative, I am formalizing all the work and time I've spent mentoring and training young adults over the last 3 years into a program larger than I am with far more reach and impact.
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 to offer support. AAA is open to full-on partnerships and open collaboration - especially venue partners, volunteers - both on the strategic and operations side, press / media coverage to spread the word, accomplished Africans as Teaching Staff etc. Everything we need, you are welcome to chime in with.
You can reach us easily via firstname.lastname@example.org or the contact form below.
Together, We Can Make Africa Greater Than It Ever Was!
Peace and love,
"I 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 responsibilty, like a full-time job.
We, young fellas, are all winging it but some of us fly better than others.
This is why AAA exists. It's time we look back and pull someone up with us. We might not change the world but we'll definitely change lives."
- Kelechi Udoagwu, Founder African Adulting Academy