ALA is all about leadership, even the name says it, African LEADERSHIP Academy.
The Student Government is as serious as leadership gets. The masses at ALA practice what most of our countries fail to do and hold its candidates to their word.
On Friday 30th October, the Chair’s Debate held and all candidates gave their speeches and tried to convince the student community that they deserved each vote.
For the position of Chairlady, Arlene Alaíze from Cape Verde and Abii-Tah Chungong from Cameroon went against one another in the debate and Abii-Tah in all honesty sounded the more convincing candidate.
Vieing for the position of Chairman, we had, Vuyisa Coko from South Africa, Tito Darl-Uzu from Nigeria and Moustafa Lufty from Egypt.
Voting held on Sunday 1st November and a new government has emerged.
- Chairman- Moustafa Lufty
- Chairlady- Abii-Tah Chungong
- Data Analyst- Jialing Yu
- Academic Representative- Sizo Ncube
- Secretary- Marubini Muswede
- IT Representative- Princewill Okoroafor
- Sports Representative- Tomi Idowu
- Clubs & Societies Representative- Ore Onabanjo
- Entertainment Representative – Daminiyi Solebo
- Treasurer- Ife Adefope
- Volta House Captains- Hind Zahour & Kukhanya Magubane
- Tana House Captains- Ndondwa Mijoya & Haissa Toure
- Zambezi House Captains- Hope Iptisam & Joseph M’po Yeti
- Niger House Captains- Amy Wanday & Tomisin Fasawe
- Nile House Captains- Sefa February & Haitham Abdel Hakim
- Congo House Captains- Estela Naula & Yassine Khalfalli
In politics, words can be used as a weapon of mass destruction. They are not only used to convey ideas but to make personal statements about the leaders ready to take the population on to the next level, which has something to do with better conditions and a system that promotes democracy. With this being said, the above statement resonates the recent chairs debate.
The purpose of this was to put the potential chairmen and women on a platform where they could bite into each other’s ideas, learn from each other, defend their opinions and let the entire community hear what they have to offer the student government and ALA community. However, this particular debate was a reminder to everyone of how important it is to articulate yourself properly and fight for an idea in which you believe in, this was clearly shown when things got a little heated and the candidates started using powerful words to stand their ground and defend their ideas
It was rather interesting to see how the candidates were focused on changing systems and implementing new bodies into the government. This shows how far the student government in itself has come because now they have moved from being a complaint body and trying to make the students happy to implementing solid ideas and projects which will benefit the community at large.
One could argue that tensions were high and the extended 15 minutes which ran into prep only created more confusion amongst the students as now every candidate proved to be worthy of the role. However, it is through events such as this one where one realises the beauty of ALA. The fact that a bunch of teenagers can have a political standing on how they want their community to be has proven to not only harness the next generation of African leaders but also give them the platform to learn the art of having a political impact on your community.
Every year, the ALA community selects a group of people that they believe are capable of leading the student body. The student body expects their government to speak out for them whilst the administration expects the government to communicate rules and regulations. However, it seems that the faith that was strong once upon a time in the student government is diminishing rapidly.
One can tell by the number of grumbles heard throughout the auditorium when the student government asks for them to stay behind after Dean’s Talks, through the number of people that run for posts but above all through the complaints students have towards the Student Government. Continue reading “Why Almost Everyone Has Lost Faith in the Student Government.”
African Leadership Academy is a home for future leaders, both political and creative. It is always an interesting phase when ALA students campaign for being in the Student Government. The campaigns range from “I WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY” videos to loud speeches filled with ambiguous words. I have always wondered what the ‘government’ does for the students. We all know they meet on Sundays, (Hopefully they all attend). Have you ever wondered what the student government does as a collective? Continue reading “Who Do You Vote For?”