As part of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI), the Future Africa Leaders Foundation (FALF) is a platform for young people to bring change to their locality and homeland. Reaching out to those less fortunate than ourselves is a central tenant of Christianity. What the foundation encourages is leadership. “Leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality.” Many young people are gifted with the strength and passion to bring about real sustainable change in their community. Their successes and achievements are honored with an award ceremony on December 31st.
Ten people are awarded a prize and they are chosen from a shortlist of thirty outstanding young community leaders who have actualized their vision for change. This year’s shortlist will be announced in a live broadcast on the 26th of December on all LoveWorld networks.
The impact of their endeavors is felt in their communities. They all have something in common, they all thank Chris Oyakhilome for his vision that culminated in the formation of COFI. This foundation has the future of Africa’s development at its heart. The future is in the leaders and their ability to effect change. They are being mentored, advised, and guided by members of The Future African Leaders Foundation.
As we count down to the 8th edition of the Future African Leaders nomination show on the 26th of December, let’s take a look at what the past nominees have been up to this year.
On the 14 of August 2020, in commemoration of the International Youth Day, Avante Mafusire, a 2019 FALA nominee from Zimbabwe organized an outreach reaching 131 children who do not have access to online learning during the pandemic. She created a revision booklet that helps children study effectively at home during the pandemic. She started a “Global Study At Home Campaign” reaching children across 6 countries with the revision booklet. The booklet has Mathematics, Science, and English subjects with questions and answers that enable children to study alone without needing aid.
She partnered with the Zimbabwe Embassy in Kenya and the Heritage Foundation for Development to organize an outreach where she taught the children how to use the booklet and also donated 131 pens. The outreach was hosted by Blessing Children’s Home alongside three other orphanages represented by their patrons making a total of 140 people present. The children were excited to receive the booklet and did a presentation in the form of a dance. At the end of the program, Avante led the crowd in the Salvation Prayer, leading all 140 people present to Christ.
2015 FALA Star Prize Winner, Rose Sakala responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in the city Lilongwe, Dedza, and Mangochi through various interventions. Rose and her team collaborated with the Ministry of Persons with Disabilities and the elderly, Ministry of Information and Civic Education, Ministry of Gender, Health Communications 4 Life (HC4L) a USAID funded project under FHI3, community radio stations, the DYO’s, etc to disseminate vital information from the Ministry of health to people with all kinds of disabilities, the youth and the elderly. They targeted both the hardest to reach areas and all the Hotspot areas, in the various districts of Malawi giving vital health care guidelines to these people. They also sub-granted Common Path, a youth-led NGO in Mangochi district to impact 6 more Towns using Pakhonde Info basic initiative.
Tune in to the Nominations Show at 6 pm +1 GMT on the 26th December in anticipation of the FALA awards on the 31st of December. Watch tomorrow’s leaders now and follow the leaders on KingsChat.