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Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA) 2021-2022 Youth Program For Young Nigerians

This partnership between Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA) and the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Abuja, seeks to build leadership capacity, promote active citizenship and mobilize grassroot impact by youths at community and state levels in Nigeria.

Targeted at Nigerians between the ages of 20 - 30, the ALIWA Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) - Nigeria is a transformative 9-month leadership development program designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to build their leadership capabilities towards achieving greater societal impact. Participants are challenged to think more critically and deeply about their values and ideas, and those that make the good society. Highly thought-provoking and practical, we expect participants to emerge from this program with new perspectives as they confront the difficult challenges and choices of our country. 

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ALIWA Leadership Program


Aim and Benefits of ALIWA Leadership Program

The program session is a virtual program designed to run for nine (9) calendar months. Each cohort will convene a dynamic group of participants for lively, intensive roundtable discussions in moderated seminars combined with opportunities to take action.

The program is structured into 3 parts:

  • An introductory three (3) months with moderated seminars by ALIWA Fellows
  • A three (3) month break for practical application of learnings and skills. Participants will be supervised and paired with mentors, assigned further readings and also embark on individual or group projects.
  • A concluding three (3) months of moderated seminars to reinforce the preceding 6 months’ experience and prepare the participants to be lifelong change agents and leaders

Requirements for ALIWA Leadership Program Qualification

  • Young adults (ages between 20 to 30) at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership and a personal commitment to serve within their communities
  • Ability to engage on complex and diverse text
  • Open to applicants from Nigeria
  • Be ready to commit the time and effort to the program curriculum
  • Applicants are to complete and submit this form, along with the following application requirements, latest by 7th November 2021:

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Documents Required for Application

  •  A recent CV with 2 references 
  • A written personal statement (maximum 2 pages).


Application Deadline

November 7, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to U.S. Embassy and Consulate on docs.google.com to apply

A 2-minute video introducing yourself and telling us a challenge/problem in the society ( or in your community within Nigeria) which you are currently addressing, and how this program would support you in addressing those challenges. 

Please send an email with the title "AYLP-NG/PAS" to [email protected]@ali-wa.net if you require further information.

You may now proceed to fill out the form and upload your documents.



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