He was born in war-torn Liberia and had to flee with his mother and siblings to Ghana, where they struggled to make ends meet. Yet YALI Network member Manasseh Gowk, formerly Emmanuel Osei, counts himself lucky. He was able to earn the scholarship he needed to go to school. Now, mindful of others who can’t afford an education, Osei is giving back.
Alieu Jallow (founder of The Gambia’s first business incubation center, Startup Incubator Gambia) is an entrepreneur and trainer of young entrepreneurs in sectors ranging from agriculture to fashion to renewable energy. He’s also a mentor to young professionals through the Young Entrepreneurs Association. Alieu learned the principles of entrepreneurship at an early age. As one of 25 children in his extended family, he helped his mother work to make ends meet. Hear how those early lessons made him the businessman he is today. In Alieu's podcast conversation with Macon Phillips, Coordinator - Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State, Jallow explains why most startup businesses fail within the first five years of operation.
On the 4th edition of YALI Voices Podcast, host Macon Phillips (Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State) speaks with Cyrus Kawalya from Uganda who was once nicknamed “Cyrus the Virus,” known for songs like "A Menace to Society” but who is now known as the man behind the #IPledgePeaceUg campaign, which many credit with playing a part in the decreased violence around Uganda’s elections in February 2015. Macon Phillips' conversation with Cyrus is all about sharing the experiences, best practices, and inspiration of young African leaders who are making a difference. And the best part of these conversations is that we get to hear details of their journey and the creative ways they are making change in their communities.
Fatu Ogwuche is an elections and technology consultant in Nigeria and a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow who is dedicating her career to support open, free and fair elections across Africa. Her innovative approach towards reporting election irregularities in real time to electoral commissions through her mobile app and social media ingenuity is an inspiring tale of a young Pan-African woman leader eager to reshape her country and her continent positively. Speaking with Macon Phillips - Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State on the 3rd episode of #YALIVoices, Fatu talks about her humble journey in discovering her passion to help facilitate free and fair electoral processes in Nigeria and across Africa. Fatu is an inspiring young African leader and we hope her story motivates and encourages you to become the change you so desire for your communities and countries.
The Young African Leaders Initiative Network releases their 2nd installment of #YALIVoices. On this podcast episode, Macon Phillips (Coordinator, International Information Programs U.S. Department of State) speaks with Timi Olagunju, a lawyer, an author, a speaker and change maker through the organization Nigerian Youths in Motion. Through his non-profit organization Nigerian Youths in Motion (NYM), Timi helps empower over 350 young Nigerians in engaging their community, government and institutions to help create better opportunities for themselves and their peers.
n 2012, a 22-year-old Ghanaian computer science student named Raindolf Owusu introduced African internet users to the Anansi Browser. It is considered Africa’s first web browser and was designed to help users with unreliable internet connections stay connected as well as use games and a web camera that can operate offline.
For his creation, he has been dubbed “the Mark Zuckerberg of Accra” by Forbes Africa magazine. But as he tells the US State Department’s Macon Phillips in a YALI Voices podcast, as successful and as celebrated as the browser has been been, he lives in a country where many people can’t use it because they aren’t connected to the internet.