ELP is a three-year structured excellence in ethics, leadership and innovation program for emerging African Leaders.
- Aim: To nurture ethical and innovative future African leaders.
- Targets: Undergraduates, ages 16 – 21.
- Selection Process: Written applications and oral interviews.
- Present Capacity: Minimum of 25 mentees annually.
- Scope: African countries. First efforts in Nigeria.
- ELP programs are free of charge to successful applicants.
Emerging Leaders scholarship is need based. It is meant to help Emerging African Leaders complete college. ELP scholarship can be for one semester, one academic year or four years. Scholarship recipients are held to high moral and intellectual standards. ELP scholarship receives funding from individuals and corporate organizations who appreciate the need to groom future African leaders in ethics, excellence in leadership and development. Through their generosities, ELP has disbursed about one million (1,000,000 naira) to deserving Emerging African Leaders.
ELP Scholarship Recipients
Currently, each ELP mentee has a mentor or personal coach. Mentees are assigned Mentors as soon as they are admitted into ELP. Mentors provide guidance to mentees for three years as they prepare for leadership positions after college. All ELP mentors reside in the United States. In addition to meeting one-on-one with mentees twice a year at ELP foundation conferences and summits, they provide regular online and telephone coaching to mentees throughout the year. Whether mentees are reading motivational books or viewing inspirational films, ELP mentors are following up and asking mentees tough questions. ELP mentors provide feedbacks to mentees on their personal development goals and community development projects while helping them realize their big dreams. ELP personal coaching is systematic and CSAAEINC is able to track the progress of mentees.
Rev. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa
Mr. Fred Udochi
Mrs. Ifeoma Okolo-1
Catholic Charities, Baltimore
Dr. Patrick Nwakama
FDA, Washington, D.C
Fr. Vincent Arisukwu
Holy Trinity, Glen Burnie
Dr. Michael Okolo-1
Oracle Financials, Maryland
Mazi Uche Obioha Nwankwo
Instructional Systems Inc., NJ
Mrs. Abimbola Akintolayo
CUA, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Camillus Ezeugwu
John Hopkins, Baltimore
Dr. Clement Anyadike
Morgan University, Maryland
“Finally, my biggest dream is to become president of Nigeria, something I never thought would be possible if not for the Telephone Coaching (TC). I can’t wait to have this conversation with my mentor again”.
“The telephone coaching throws a very big challenge to me, to improve and work on myself in carrying out responsibilities and stop procrastinating my goals”.
Our three-year mentoring begins with a three-day intensive multidisciplinary conference that focuses on theoretical analysis of leadership with practical leadership-building experiences. The conference brings together accomplished professionals, business entrepreneurs, leaders and experts from across the globe to teach emerging Nigerian leaders, excellence in leadership. The conference features skills workshops, advising, one-on-one mentoring and interactive sections geared towards building emerging leaders’ self-awareness, project management skills, ethical base and teamwork capabilities.
- Emerging Leaders are groomed in:
- creative thinking, ethics, fiscal responsibility,
- accountability, entrepreneurship, innovation,
- problem solving, communication, free market,
- rule of law, civic engagement, democratic leadership,
- conflict resolution, social justice, solidarity and human rights.
At the end of the conference, emerging leaders (with the assistance of their mentors) come up with personal development goals and community development projects to work on.
This is a mid-year meeting of emerging leaders to discuss progress of community development projects, personal development goals and Big dreams. Emerging leaders present their projects before their peers, mentors and board of trustees. The aim is to evaluate work completed and to provide feedbacks. At the end of this seminar, emerging leaders return home to continue working on their projects under the guidance of their mentors.
Quarterly Directed Reading:
Each mentee must read a very short book assigned by the mentors. The aim is to enhance mentees’ ethics, excellence in leadership and entrepreneurial culture. At the end of the reading session, each mentee must submit to the Center a one-page paper on what he or she learnt from the book. CSAAEINC provides books free of charge to mentees. ELP mentors read along with mentees.
- Title: Career Path – Capacities, Competencies And Character
- Edited by: Godswill Agbagba
- Title: The “Girl” Entrepreneurs
- Author: Ibukun Awosika
- Title: You don’t need a Title to be a Leader
- Author: Mark Sanborn
- Title:seven habits of highly effective leadership
- Author: Stephen R. Covey
Campus based Group Film Viewing:
The aim of this is to reinforce mentees’ social and moral sense, teamwork capabilities and innovative spirit. Mentees view assigned movies as a group on campus, but each mentee will come up with one-page lesson learnt from the film. Annually, mentees on same campus must view as a group a minimum of THREE inspirational films.
- Title:The Men Who Built America
- Genre: Biography, Docudrama
- Written by: Stephen David, Patrick Reams, Keith Palmer, Randy Counsman, Ed Fields, David C. White
- Directed by: Patrick Reams, Ruán Maga