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Message from Our Founder, Emmanuel Addo

On behalf of the Young African Leaders Summit Team, we are excited to welcome you to our third edition of the 2025 Summit.
The Young African Leaders Summit is an initiative/subsidiary of The Young Global Leaders Network (a non-political, non-governmental social enterprise) created to bring together over 800 policy makers, youth in politics and leadership, young entrepreneurs, business executives, professionals, aspiring leaders and start-ups to discuss innovative and new ways of dealing with challenges that African youths are confronted with and various topical issues that pertain to economic empowerment, politics, climate change and entrepreneurship development.

The Summit is focused on African development with focus on youth leadership development, entrepreneurship and women empowerment across the continent.
Our Summit shall also provide the platform for start-ups to pitch their innovations or business ideas and look for business partners and financiers. It shall also encourage and provide the platform for collaborations and partnerships.

Our Theme for our 2025 Summit is, The Africa We Want by 2040; The Future of African Youth.
The Summit shall collate ideas from some of the continent’s finest youth figures and aggregate them into relevant themes able to shape policy on the continent. It is also intended to be a platform for cross-country idea-sharing and assimilation and an opportunity to bridge identity gap that is often perceived to exist within the youthful population of Africa.
I’m happy to announce that this year’s Summit is slated for 20, 21 & 22 November 2025 and shall take place in Accra, Ghana.

This year’s Summit promises to be much more educative, impactful, inspiring, action-oriented, and shall provide a renewed sense of patriotism and hope for the African youth.

Let’s meet on the 20 to 22 November 2025!

Warm Regards
Emmanuel Addo
Founder & Chief Convenor, Young African Leaders Summit

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Meet Patience Masua, Youngest Member of Parliament in Namibia

At 22 years old, Namibia’s President Dr Hage G. Geingob appointed her to serve in the National Assembly. Patience entered mainstream student politics and activism in university, primarily through her newspaper opinion pieces and then serving in the student union as Faculty Representative for the University of Namibia (UNAM) Faculty of Law. Later she ran for the position of Speaker of Student Parliament of the UNAM SRC and won it in 2019. Thereafter she served as Secretary-General for the Namibia National Students Organization – Official. To all young, female aspiring leaders you too can make it. We believe in you.

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Young Global Leader Spotlight – Enock Mwewa

Enock Mwewa from Zambia loves all things nature. He is an Environmental Health Technologist with a strong blend of Climate Activism and Advocacy. He has led and organized various climate focused activities such as clean-ups, trainings, webinars, etc and as taken part in multiple summits as a delegate inclusive of the Young African Leaders Summit in Ghana. Taking the lead on climate has become something he does full time from a passion to professionally.

Enock is the co-founder of Environment Savers of Zambia, a youth led organization that promotes a healthy living through a clean and green environment. The organization has facilitated the recycling of tons of plastic and paper as well as empowered communities to become environmental stewards. Aside from that he serves as the Southern Africa Region Coordinator for the African Climate Reality Project for 2022 supporting climate leaders in the region.

Enock has supported and led campaigns such as the Zero Emissions Campaign which calls on the African Development Bank Group to support a just transition from fossil fuels in Africa. Another instrumental campaign he has been front lining is the tabling of the Climate Change Bill in Zambia which is aimed at providing a legal framework on climate change and environmental impacts.

Keep on Enock!

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Founder of YAL Summit, Emmanuel Addo calls on the Nigerian High Commissioner to UK

 

 

The founder of Young African Leaders Summit, Emmanuel Addo last week called on the Nigerian High Commissioner to UK, H.E. Sarafa Tunji Isola.

The purpose of the visit was to officially introduce the Young Global Leaders Network and Young African Leaders Summit to the Nigerian High Commissioner and to discuss how the high commission can partner or assist us to facilitate protocol and logistical services for this year’s third edition of the Young African Leaders Summit 2022 to be held in Lagos, Nigeria.

The leadership team was led by the CEO and Founder, Emmanuel Addo.

The Nigerian High Commissioner to UK, H.E. Sarafa Tunji Isola was very elated about the visit and recommended the network for the good works it is doing in Africa especially.

 

 

Some management members of the network present were, Nana Ekua Baffu, Ruth Akosua Mansah and Sanjida Rahman.

Young African Leaders Summit, a registered subsidiary organization of Young Global Leaders Network, through various keynote speeches, plenary sessions, mentorship sessions and interactive focused workshops, is intended for cross-country idea-sharing and assimilation, to empower and amplify delegates, build, and enhance the capacity of young leaders in areas of entrepreneurship, diplomacy, career building and development, business, and political leadership.
The summit, first ever largest continental youth gathering to happen in Nigeria this year will mobilize a diversity of delegates and policy makers from all African countries and the diaspora including government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, international agency representatives, NGO’s, the media, youth, and student-based organizations to collate ideas from some of the finest figures in Africa and aggregate them into relevant themes able to shape policies on the continent.

The Young African Leaders Summit 2022 (#YALS2022), an initiative of Young Global Leaders Network is organizing a three (3) day continental summit that creates a platform where young leaders and aspiring leaders from the continent and the African diaspora would converge to network, discuss, and formulate solutions to some of Africa’s pressing and emerging problems affecting the youth, propose practical solutions and ideas and present them to the African Union. This summit also creates a platform for capacity building, mentorship, and an opportunity for entrepreneurial businesses to pitch to investors.

This year’s summit takes place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, and Saturday 26 November 2022 at the J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

The Theme for this year’s summit is – “The Africa We Want by 2040: The Future of African Youth”.

To be eligible to participate, you must be an African within the ages of 18 to 45 and can afford your flight cost to Nigeria as well as pay for your summit registration cost.

Visit the website for more information – www.yalsummit.co

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Unleashing the Leader in you, everyone is a Leader: Lead to Develop by Emmanuel Addo

Leadership is a highly distinctive form of human behaviour that calls for character integration, knowledge, and experience. So, what can you do if you procedurally unleash the leadership potential in you? Change the world!

Many people think that they cannot make good leaders when everyone is in fact a leader. Leaders learn the art of leading, and thus great leaders are learners. So, everyone can make a great leader with a great understanding of oneself. Look at the mother back home nurturing the family, the father who confidently takes responsibility or the steward who delivers his services with excellence. They are all leaders. Have a scope of leadership from that perspective. It is what it takes to be a leader. Leaders lead from the front by confidently taking responsibility. For the triumph, they spread fame while for the failures, they take the blame.

A person can be born with the innate abilities of a leader, while another can master the skills to be a good leader at work. The bottom line is regardless of whether you are born a leader or not, everyone has the room to learn new skills and ultimately advance in leadership competency. True leaders ensure they continue to develop their skills throughout their careers through continuous learning and development activities and materials.

Apprehending your leadership style & skills

At some point in your career, you may take on a leadership role. Whether it is a team, a project, an entire department, or it’s even a meeting you are leading, you might consider identifying with a defined leadership style.

There is no doubt that while there are right and wrong ways to lead, we cannot point to any specific style that suits everyone. The only mechanism by which you identify what type of Leader you are, is through your personality assessment. You closely examine the key aspects of your personality and pay attention to how they manifest in a work, family, or friendship environment.

Think about most attributes ascribed to you by your colleagues and friends. Evaluating your character in these settings is vital to understanding how to lead a team. Think about what drives your choices, and know your values, strengths, weaknesses, and feedback by taking leadership personality quizzes. Block by block, you will gain a deeper comprehension and leaderships skills through habits and processes.

What it entails to be a good leader.

1 Self-awareness and personal development.

As Goode posits, good leaders emphasize developing their emotional intelligence. Leaders focused on refining this quality are more adaptive, resilient, good listeners, open to feedback, and change oriented.

To acquire this, it is imperative to set and prioritize goals while taking responsibility for accomplishing them. Retain awareness of your strength and weaknesses and potential biases that may impact decision-making.

2 They encourage innovation, Strategic thinking, and action.

As a leader of an organization, you have to look forward. You have to keep in mind where the organization is going. Leaders must have flexible mindsets which are conscious of real-time developments.

A leader encourages creativity and innovation through exercises such as brainstorming and prototyping and aligns the organization to technology advancement when making strategic decisions. Good leaders are vision-oriented and consider SMART reasonable goals for the team or organization.

3 They hold dear effective cross-cultural communication.

Good and respected leaders express themselves clearly to individuals, organizational units, external stakeholders, and the organization. They are therefore good listeners and open to feedback. As a leader, you must learn the nuances of communicating on both print and online platforms.

  1. Openness to feedback and constructive criticism.

We all aspire to hear the positive and how great we are doing. But think of it differently. Would you like to get better at your job? In fact, constructive negative feedback with helpful intentions can be a golden opportunity to learn and grow.

As a leader, you should authentically ask for feedback often and ask for clarification, examples, and constructive recommendations for improvement and develop a sound plan to address your shortfalls. In addition, you should be able to differentiate constructive criticism from destructive one, which you should treat as a distraction.

Road mark to proactive leadership.

Proactiveness is the key to productiveness. Being proactive prepares you for something before it happens. Unlike reactiveness, where a leader waits for something to happen, proactiveness helps one determine how events unfold. It prepares a leader for challenges noting that they are inevitable. To become proactive, a leader must; think long-term, seek advice, have a calm demeanour, advance his/her problem-solving skills, be a great communicator, have integrity, and inspire others.

Imposter syndrome and leadership

Many leaders experience fear and imposter syndrome, and its impacts can indeed have far-reaching consequences. As a leader, if you experience phoniness and feel like an imposter, don’t be dismayed. It is pretty common in high achievers and leaders. This feeling arises from the fear that people under you expect you to know more than you do.

 

 

To overcome, be honest with yourself about what you know and don’t know. Speak with colleagues and share this knowledge. Admittance that you don’t have all answers don’t turn you into a fraud but rather makes you human. Above all, perceive development as a series of experiments and start with one of your weaknesses, and finally, change will knock.

Finally, to be a great leader, you should work for satisfaction but not recognition. Remember that recognition is a by-product, while satisfaction is the end product. Be passionate while also remembering setbacks are inevitable and should not worry you. Be a continuous learner and be open to feedback.

Author: Emmanuel Addo

Email: emma@emmanueladdo.org

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Emotional Intelligence By Emmanuel Addo

Over the years, we have seen how leaders across the globe, be it, politicians, business leaders among others react to issues, or respond to questions and we marvel if they are the same people we idolize. For some politicians, how they react to diverse opinions, say a lot about their emotional intelligence level. In Ghana, a former district chief executive got sacked because he could not control his temper when challenged publicly. I am sure you have some examples of how the fame can be disgraced or ridiculed simply because they failed to master the act of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to comprehend and manage your emotions, as well as perceive and influence the emotions of people surrounding you. In the workplace, experts call the soft skill emotional intelligence quotient EQ. Emotional intelligence unleashes your potential for leadership traits such as empathy, decision making, self-awareness, and effective communication. For organizational success, managers must know the value of emotional intelligence. It is the quality that helps you to successfully coach teams, manage stress, deliver feedback, and collaborate with colleagues.

EQ is a key facet for developing your career. The technical skills that helped you secure your initial promotion will probably not guarantee you the next. It is the emotional element in you that is considered when you are aspiring for a leadership role. This encompasses the ability to be flexible to adapt and suit to a new environment and guide your thinking toward a more valuable outcome.

Components of emotional intelligence

For, leaders, emotional leadership is imperative for success. For instance, who is more likely to succeed; a leader who shouts at his team when under stress or the one who calmly assesses the situation while staying in control?

Now, let us look at how you can equip yourself and become emotionally intelligent.

Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist in the fore line of popularizing emotional intelligence put forward some key elements to it.

1 Self-Awareness.

Self-awareness is the first step of emotional intelligence. With self-awareness, you always know how you feel and understand the impact of your emotions and actions on people around you. Self-aware leaders have a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses, which ultimately calls for them to behave with humility. With self-awareness, you learn the art of slowing down when under strong emotion. You then take time to examine why and decide how to react.

2 Self-control

This is all about staying in control. Leaders with self-control rarely verbally attack teammates, make emotional or rushed decisions, compromise their values, or stereotype people.

As an element of emotional intelligence, self-control covers a leader’s commitment to personal accountability and flexibility. Through self-control, a leader masters the art of staying calm in challenging situations. You hold yourself accountable for anything that goes wrong, and the ultimate result is respect from fellow team players.

 

3 Communication and setting the tone.

As a leader, you are obliged to lead with purpose and clarity and set the tone for your team or organization. The baseline is having a clear and accurate comprehension of the communication environment you operate in.

As General Colin Powell said your communication as a leader sets the tone for the entire team under you. There is a ripple effect from every action, word, deed, or facial expression you make.

A leader should communicate with a positive mindset, and authenticity and respond instead of reacting. Remember that if you react by blowing a gasket and lashing out at someone under your leadership, moving forward, the shadows of the outburst will always cloud your relationship.

The 21st century leader need emotional intelligence in their toolbox to succeed. Aspiring leaders need this key ingredient in their toolbox.

Emmanuel Addo is the founder and president of the Young African Leaders Summit (YALS); a platform for cross-country idea sharing and assimilation, with the goal of bridging the identity gap that is commonly perceived to exist amongst Africa’s youth.

 

www.emmanueladdo.org

Emma.addo@yglnetwork.com

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