AYLF Joins 2018 Yenching Scholars
African Young Leaders Fellow Kennedy Ekezie Joins 2018 Yenching Scholars
African Young Leaders are an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young adults (under 21)with unique talents who are creating a conducive ecosystem to build the next generation of accountable governance and nurture sustainable economies. They represent a wide range of sectors and are a sought-after peer network, driving each other to do more and be more.
From being challenged at leading universities to engaging with innovative peers and influencers, AYLs are transforming how we define leadership and inspire impact as teenagers in Africa.
Kennedy Ekezie is an AYLF of the Class of 2018.
African Young Leaders Fellow
Hailing from Ehime-Mbano, Nigeria, Kennedy graduated from the University of Calabar, Nigeria where he majored in Philosophy. Kennedy’s unique concentration focused on systematizing an axiological system for African Philosophy based on the abstraction of the values implicit in the life of Nelson Mandela. He completed a Diploma in Leading Change at the University of Cambridge specially designed for Queen’s Young Leaders Award Winners. While studying at Calabar, he founded the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights: a youth-led non-profit that seeks to end gender-based violence with a specific focus on female genital mutilation in Nigeria. His work has been recognized by President Obama’s YALI Initiative and has won a Resolution Fellowship. He has also worked with Athena Global Advisors in Philadelphia, U.S.A. as a Management Consulting Intern. Prior to Yenching, Kennedy worked remotely from Nigeria on a team of 3 to build a sustainable company targeted at one or more of the SDGs, which recently developed a product concept for a leading European electricity company to improve electricity generation and storage using Organic Photovoltaics. As a Yenching Scholar, Kennedy pursues a concentration in Economics and Management where he researches the impact of China’s investment in Africa and its impact in the development of the continent with focus on Nigeria.