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2020 Effective Leaders Application

Aug 29, 2020 | CBlog | 0 comments

Effective Leaders Program:

Call for application 

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2020 

Thank you for your interest in CSAAE’s Effective Leaders Program 

CSAAE is an international non-profit dedicated to helping young people build great careers, cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship, become effective leaders and embrace their roles as critical actors in building a better Africa. The Centre pursues its mission through three distinct programs that share the common goal of creating social, economic and political change one person at a time. They are:

  • A career building and entrepreneurship program (CBEP) that helps young people get the education they need, secure employment or build enterprises that contribute to the development of Africa.
  • A leadership program (ELP) that nurtures effective leaders committed to the common good and development of Africa.
  • An ethics and anticorruption program (YEAP) that raises the consciousness of young people to the importance of good governance, transparency, accountability, rule of law and respect for human rights while working with them to fight corruption hindering development in Africa.

CSAAE carries out its operations in Africa from its Owerri office in Imo State, Nigeria, with technical support from its Baltimore office, in Maryland, U.S.A. The Founder of CSAAE, Dr. Godswill Agbagwa – an academic, socialpreneur, youth animator and a Catholic priest – grew up in Nigeria. While studying abroad as a graduate student, he was struck by the contrasts he saw between the levels of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa compared to the Western countries he visited. Those experiences became the genesis of CSAAE, its programs, and the five core values at the foundation of his work namely: integrity, accountability, solidarity, creativity and punctuality.

Effective Leaders Program

Years of ineffective leadership have led to massive poverty and underdevelopment in Africa. To facilitate development and end poverty in Africa, the continent needs a new generation of effective leaders committed to the common good of Africa. In 2013, CSAAE launched a leadership program to nurture such leaders.

Currently, the leadership program begins with a three-year emerging leaders mentoring program that leads to induction into the Centre’s lifetime network of effective African leaders (NEAL). But effective January 1, 2021, the leadership program will now begin with a one-year immersion program that will focus on immersing future leaders into the culture of CSAAE and preparing them for a life-time leadership training, support and impact at NEAL.

Immersion Year

The immersion year has two stages. The first stage is the enculturation stage while the second stage is the discernment stage.

Enculturation Stage (6 months)

This first stage of immersion is designed to help new members embrace the values, vision and mission of CSAAE while also learning about the theory, practice and key elements of effective leadership.

It begins with a two-day foundation conference at Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria where CSAAE’s head office in Africa is located. The conference holds in early January annually and brings together new and old members of CSAAE’s community of leaders to interact and share impact stories. At this event, new members are inducted into the immersion year while those that have completed the immersion program are inducted into NEAL. The Centre also brings in known effective leaders to share Africa’s leadership challenges, proffer solutions, challenge and inspire future leaders. 

For the first two months after the foundation conference, new members are drilled in the vision, mission and values of CSAAE with special focus on the nexus between the core values of CSAAE and effective leadership. 

The last three months of the enculturation stage is used to introduce trainees to the theory and practice of leadership as well as to the key elements of leadership including financial literacy, creative and ethical leadership, leadership communication, etc.

Discernment Stage (6 months)

This second stage of the immersion is designed to help new members shape their leadership big dreams, identify model leaders to follow and initiate social enterprises that solve community problems.

It begins with a two-day mid-year review to evaluate the progress of the trainees and to decide whether or not to retain a member in the program.

The first 3 months after the mid-year review is dedicated to helping new members explore leadership areas critical to development that they can venture into including political, judicial, education, religious, business and media leadership. At the end of this guided exploration, trainee should be able to present leadership big dream plan detailing how s/he plans to realize such dream.

The last three months of the discernment stage is used to help new members initiate social enterprises to tackle nagging socioeconomic problems in Africa. At the end of this guided research, trainee would be able to present a bankable social enterprise business plan.

After immersion, what next?

Upon successful completion of the immersion year, trainees are inducted into NEAL for a life-time of leadership training, support and impact. NEAL is a special community of leaders at CSAAE committed to the common good of Africa. Its sole goal is to take over the leadership of Africa for good. To achieve this, NEAL members run for political offices, serve in government, launch ethical businesses, bear on each other and other leaders on good governance, mentor future leaders, champion social impact projects and shape public policies.  Members in good standing enjoy the following benefits.

  • Access to funds to launch or scale up enterprises through CSAAE Leaders Cooperative Society.
  • Access to scholarships and education loans through CSAAE Future Leaders Education Fund
  • Access to life, health, car, education and property insurance through CSAAE Group Insurance.
  • Access to safe and gainful retirement plans through CSAAE Retirement Plans
  • Access to influential mentors through CSAAE Succeed With A Mentor Initiative.
  • Access to leadership and enterprise development trainings and support.
  • Access to financial and moral support from members to achieve set leadership and career goals.
  • Solidarity of members in times of sorrow and joy.
  • Opportunity to learn more about the causes of nagging African socioeconomic problems and proffer solutions.
  • Priority consideration for job, internship, fellowship and IT opportunities at CSAAE.
  • And more.


  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
  • Must be an undergraduate or a graduate.
  • Must be an African aspiring to leadership positions critical to development in Africa including political, business, religious, education, judicial and media leadership.
  • Must show evidence of previous creative leadership experience at any level.
  • Must show evidence of a strong spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Must show evidence of good character.
  • Must sign CSAAE Ethics policy.
  • Must commit to NEAL good governance and leadership policy.
  • CSAAE associates and former members of ELP evicted for non-ethical reasons may apply.

Cost: Conference Grants

The immersion year is free to successful applicants. For the foundation conference, there are full and partial grants available to successful applicants. Once you are selected, your acceptance letter will have a link to apply for the conference grant. Grant will cover lodging, meals and conference materials only. It will be awarded on case-by-case basis. Successful applicants will be responsible for their round-trip (bus or air) fare to Owerri.

How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the form below.

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