Fellowship Program

The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) Media Fellowship Program selected 45 distinguished media professionals from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to enhance the future of financial journalism in Africa. The program combines ALI’s leading approach to leadership development, created in partnership with the Aspen Institute, with the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa’s financial journalism curriculum developed by six preeminent business and journalism schools in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The two–year program is divided into four seminars, each lasting four days, held in different locations on the African continent and New York. Fellows also plan and execute a public interest project drawing upon their professional skills and experience. Upon completion of the program, Fellows become part of a community of Fellowship Alumni and will have the opportunity to engage formally and informally with their peers and other media professionals.

    New York Visit

    45 ALI Media Fellows visited New York from September 19-23 to attend the US-Africa Business Forum held at the Plaza Hotel, and participate in a four-day leadership seminar hosted at Bloomberg LP’s New York headquarters.

    The Fellows’ visit kicked off with an opening cocktail reception the evening of September 19, with special guest speaker Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women.)

    On September 21, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce co-hosted the second US-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on trade and investment opportunities on the continent for African heads of government and American business leaders. Fellows had the opportunity to attend the exclusive event and met distinguished forum attendees and host Michael R. Bloomberg (Founder, Bloomberg L.P., Philanthropist and 108th Mayor of New York City)

    The four-day leadership seminar at Bloomberg LP focused on leadership and examined global economic, financial, and media trends and their impact on Africa. Fellows heard from senior leaders at Bloomberg including Justin Smith (CEO of Bloomberg Media), Matt Winkler (Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News), and Mark Bohlund (Africa and Middle East Economist, Bloomberg.)

    The week closed with a reception and certificate ceremony for Class 1 Fellows who concluded their year-long Fellowship journey.

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View the guest speaker presentations:

State of Media
by Justin B. Smith , CEO, Bloomberg Media Group
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The Role Africa Plays in Today’s World Economy
by Matt Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News
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Africa Economic Outlook
by Mark Bohlund , Africa & Middle East Economist, Bloomberg Intelligence
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The Africa Leadership Initiative (“ALI”) was conceived as a Pan-African initiative, borne out of a belief that Africa’s future lies in the investment and development of effective, values-based and enlightened African leaders. ALI was launched in 2001 as a collaborative effort of four partner organizations in Africa and the United States. ALI has programs in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda); West Africa (Ghana and Nigeria) and South Africa. All these programs have been delivered in partnership with the Aspen Institute in Colorado. ALI currently has 300 Fellows in Africa: 180 in South Africa; 60 in East Africa and 60 in West Africa.

For more information about the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Fellowship Program,
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“We often say that there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come, and I do have a sense that what your organization is attempting to do is not only timely, but it is important. That there is a clear confluence between the objectives of your organization and what these new tools promise and deliver makes this an important moment for financial journalism on the continent.” Trevor Ncube, Editor-in-Chief, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

“Very few women who have businesses always have the courage to move forward. I am now challenged enough to be courageous to lead.” ALI Media Fellow

ALI Media Fellows Ekundayo Kayode, Akeem Mustapha, Joseph Adeye, Semeyi Zake, ALI Media Fellows Seminar, Kigali, Rwanda
ALI Media Fellows Terryanne Chebet, Yvonne Buliba, Wayua Muli, ALI Media Fellows Seminar, Capetown, South Africa
ALI Media Fellowship Seminar Moderators: Eric Soubeiga, Heather Sonn, Ferrial Hafajee, and ALI Founder, Isaac Shongwe, ALI Media Fellows Seminar, Capetown, South Africa