546A1618.jpgSo, you want to become a YALI fellow? First things first, opportunities come once, they have wings, if they don’t knock on your door create the door! I mean apart from words, opportunities also seldom come back once gone.

So, what is YALI? Its an acronym of Young African Leaders Initiative. Are you a leader? Do you have the leadership spirit? Do you express the spirit of leadership? I know this double-edged sword captures everyone that reads this article.

So, are you between 18 – 35 years? Have you demonstrated leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement? Are you engaged in any way in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship? Do you have the ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others? Do you possess Strong social and communication skills?  Do you have an energetic, positive attitude? A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in either of the three tracks: Public Management, Entrepreneurs and business track and the Civic Leadership track? And finally, and very key do you committ to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program? I guess your answers were yes! Yes! Yes! And yes!

So, Yes! YALI is for you! It’s a place for self-realization, networking and for some, a paradigm shift in your leadership journey. It’s a place for game changers and African Leaders like you and I.

The experience is divided into three; The Mandela Washington Fellowship, The Regional Leadership Centers and the YALI network. For MWF click here There are four primary Regional Leadership Centers offering training throughout the year and two satellite campuses offering training at select times of the year. These links will show you the main centers; .

YALI opened its doors for me on the 19th of November 2017, to lose and find myself, to hold and to let go of myself, to define and redefine myself. My passion couldn’t have been rekindled in a better way than spending time at the YALI RLC NAIROBI.

The curriculum is quite outstanding; my own review of the whole one month in one word is simply fantastic! However, you must be objective and quite deliberate on your intentions at YALI. I am now an RLC YALI fellow and the opportunities that come with are quite vast. You suddenly join a network of fellow alumnus and get access to a pool of information! Information is power!

So, how do you engage after the program? Just click here to see how alumni, get involved after the whole program and the benefits therein. You can either perpetuate, participate or partner with other YALI alumni.

So, get on your laptop on the 5th of February 2018 and register for Cohort 25, 26 & 27 which will open at 8:00am East African Time. Remember we have very many young African leaders; get on your feet get competitive. See here;

So, here is the experience in pictures;

Kenya, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopoia in one photo – Networking
Design |Challenge and finding the root cause of a problem…
Cultural Diversity…
Professional Pitching and presentations…
Commencement Ceremony…
Bonding Sessions…
Exposure and confidence building…
Leadership Foundations
High Ropes…

So, I end my submissions! I will not forget to remind you to be pro-active. Seven habits of highly effective people number one!


I hope this article is useful to you, If you have any questions please on the comment box i will try and get back and don’t forget to share this!

Happy New Month!

5 thoughts on “THE YALI EXPERIENCE”

  1. The YALI program seems amazing. This is an opportunity I must GRAB.
    Thanks Nelson for further clarification

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