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The Bane Of Africa Is Poor Leadership 

By Walter Wilson Nana & Bouddih Adams –The Chair of the Pan African NGO, Go Ahead Africa, Roland Kwemain, has said that the African continent is stagnant because of the poor quality of leadership. This is the background that motivated the holding of the first Cameroon Leadership Academy that took place recently at the Buea Capitol Hotel.

At the opening ceremony, the convenor, Roland Kwemain, told participants at the academy and guests that the major setback of the continent, despite its enormous natural and human resources, is poor leadership. To him, every human being is a leader and not necessarily those in positions of leadership. Kwemain, an IT Consultant, said Go Ahead Africa is out to instil self confidence and the essence of being united. He said individuals have to be the change they wish to see in others, while leading by showing good examples.

The JCI 2010 World President remarked that the Cameroon Leadership Academy has been put in place to inspire leadership and hard work within Cameroonians of the age bracket 18 – 35. “This is the time to make a change of attitude, be creative, show commitment and take action for the emergence of Cameroon,” he said.

He said the Cameroon Leadership Academy is a capacity building platform for young Cameroonian leaders, to enable them play a vital role in the development and growth of the country. For three days, participants had discussions and workshops on; The Impact of One, Business Leadership, The Audacity to be Enterprising, Leadership: Ethics & Values, IT: The Future of the Cameroonian Youth and Leadership & Community.

A member of the pioneer group of participants in the Academy, Nadine Manka, an Accountant, said she is looking forward to be a better leader after graduating from the Cameroon Leadership Academy. “It is also about leading yourself. I should be able to do things differently after my stay here. We have to bring out the leadership qualities in us and this can only be done through trainings like the one we’ve gone through. We’ve to reach the fullness of our lives,” she added.

Done with the maiden edition of the Cameroon Leadership Academy, the Go Ahead Africa CEO revealed that it will be an annual programme for learning and sharing of experiences for fifty young, active citizens drawn from the ten regions of Cameroon. “They have to be from 18 – 35 and will be selected on the bases of their civic engagement, professional achievements and their sense of patriotism,” Kwemain said.

In their line up of projects earmarked for 2012, Go Ahead Africa will be organising an award ceremony for the 10 most outstanding young active citizens in Cameroon, in partnership with JCI Cameroon, the 10 most remarkable journalists in Cameroon, the first national forum on active citizenship & voluntary services and the first Pan African Leadership Academy slated for Lome, Togo in November 2012.

Go Ahead Africa Ltd is a Pan African NGO composed of young Africans who are eager to contribute to the capacity-building of stakeholders and decision makers in Africa.
Kwemain is the Co-founder and CEO of Go Ahead Africa Ltd.

First published in The Post print edition no 01377