It is often a challenge, especially in the African context, to talk about one’s accomplishments without appearing to be too proud or self-centred. But when the whole continent recognizes your work, remaining silent might be too rude a response to give.
Emerging Leaders Foundation was feted with the African Impact Award on the 16th of August 2019 at the National Museums of Kenya by the Voice Achievers Award.
This award is in recognition of our work over the last seven years, during this time, we have trained well over 20,000 young leaders in Kenya spread over 29 counties.
Leadership is pegged on the ability to influence; individuals, families, organizations, communities and even nations. Everything, we believe, rises and falls on leadership. That is why at ELF we are obsessed with adding tools to the toolbox of young emerging leaders to prepare them for sustainable development of their societies.
Our alumni have proceeded to become productive members of society, championing for communities where people live with dignity and leadership is values based.
Take a walk from Kilifi County where you will find our alumni involved in their communities through activities like sports for change. You will find them in Mombasa advocating for financial integrity in the county. In Makueni and Murang’a they will be the ones mobilising fellow youth around issues and promoting entrepreneurship for livelihood. They will be running for student leadership positions in different universities and institutions of learning here in Nairobi and beyond. In Narok and Migori, our alumni are championing for an end to early marriage and FGM, and promoting the education girls in those counties.
In short, we have successfully invaded all the spheres of our society with the contagious flu of values-based leadership which is proactive and transformative. This award fans to flame our passion for the youth of Africa, besides rubber stamping our place on the global map as the leading African organization on matters youth leadership development and mentorship.
The Voice Achievers Award is a project of The Voice magazine and recognizes Africans and friends of Africa for outstanding achievement on a yearly basis. Among prominent Africans honoured by The Voice in the past are Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former President of Zambia, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, The Chief Persecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Miet Smet – President European Parliamentarians for Africa, Apostle Hayford Ikponmwosa Alike (OFR), outstanding African diplomats and many more.
Thank you, Voice Magazine, for amplifying our voices and thank you Africa for noticing our local contributions at a global arena.