Emerging African Leaders Program


“Nurturing leaders for positive social change”

Years of ineffective leadership, corruption and lack of commitment to common good have led to massive poverty in Nigeria. In order for Nigeria to make progress and ensure that its people enjoy a better quality of life, the country needs a new generation of leaders who can fast-track development and end poverty in Nigeria. With youth ages 16-21 comprising 62 percent of the population, much of the hope for Nigeria’s future lies in its young people. They are the agents of change and critical actors in building a better Nigeria. CSAAE’s three-year Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP)prepares youth ages 16-21 for moral leadership and good governance. Focus is on leadership positions critical to development including political, media, religious, business, and judicial leadership. Graduates of ELP form a life-time Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL) committed to using their influential leadership positions to facilitate development and end poverty in Africa.

ELP Focus Areas

Emerging Political Leaders

Emerging Media Leaders

Emerging Judicial Leaders

Emerging Business Leaders

Emerging Religious Leaders

ELP Training Process

ELP Annual Foundation Conference 

Each year, ELP kicks off with a Foundation Conference designed to address Africa’s leadership problems, challenge youth to seek solutions to community problems and orient them towards moral values that enhance the greater good for Africa. 

ELP Mid-Year Leadership Port-Folio Summit

In June, Emerging Leaders gather to discuss the progress of their moral development goals, big dreams and social/business enterprises . Mentors provide feedback as well as offer encouragement and counseling.

ELP Social & Business Enterprises

Mentors challenge emerging leaders to seek solutions to community problems through community development projects (CDPs). These CDPs evolve into social and business enterprises. View projects

ELP Weekly Webinar

In between the foundation conference and mid-year summit, emerging leaders gather weekly for  online trainings in good governance, transparency, accountability and entrepreneurship.

ELP Campus Meetings and Events

Emerging leaders on same campus meet monthly to bond, discuss leadership challenges they are facing on campus. They also organize campus inspirational leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship events such as film viewing, seminars and workshops.

ELP One-on-One Mentoring

Each emerging leader has a mentor who provides direction. The mentors offer advice, guidance and become listening hearts for the many issues affecting each student. Mentors communicate with Emerging Leaders over the phone, by email, WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

ELP Leadership Building Experience

During vacations, strikes and the period of time prior to national youth service, emerging leaders are placed on short-term leadership building experiences (home or abroad) to gain practical knowledge from leaders with demonstrated knowledge, experience and virtues. 

ELP Financial Aid

To enable them complete college, CSAAE offers need-based scholarships, computers and other learning tools to emerging leaders from financially vulnerable homes. A gift of N250,000.00 or $750.00 would pay an emerging leader’s tuition and textbooks for one academic year.  

What Happens After ELP

2017 NEAL induction ceremony held at Ikeja, Lagos

Upon completion of the 3-year ELP, mentors evaluate progress and promote successful ELP graduates to the Centre’s Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL). Under the guidance of CSAAE, these effective leaders run for offices, serve in government, initiate enterprises and shape public policies. They bear on each other on good governance, mentor emerging leaders at CSAAE and champion social impact projects in Africa.

Support ELP

“I wish I have more money to give to CSAAE. I see great leaders emerging from this program. Hope for Africa.” 

Steve Kirsch, Board Member, CSAAE