One Million Leaders Africa

OMLA’s vision is to empower One Million Leaders in Africa by 2030

These Leaders will cultivate a network of sustainable social entrepreneurship and change Africa for future generations.

OMLA’s vision is to empower One Million Leaders in Africa by 2030

These Leaders will cultivate a network of sustainable social entrepreneurship and change Africa for future generations.

How it all started

At the 2020 Next Leaders Africa Summit, 200 young Africans from 30 countries gathered and developed a vision for Africa.

A vision of an Africa that is green, circular, sustainable, free of poverty and food insecurity. With easy access to education, employment, economic opportunities and health care for everyone.
A continent in peace and harmony, an Africa where everyone can flourish regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity.

One Million Leaders Africa (OMLA) was born

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OMLA so far...

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Over the past few years, we’ve made incredible strides with the OMLA program. Training over 2,390 passionate young minds in sustainable leadership and equipping them with essential skills in Social and Business Entrepreneurship.  The OMLA 2023 Bootcamp was a life-transforming bootcamp where 100 young Africans from Farming communities were selected from 17 secondary schools in Ondo State, South western Nigeria.

The enthusiasm for our initiatives is evident. In 2022, we received applications from just over 100 aspiring leaders. Fast forward to 2023, and this number skyrocketed to an astounding 2,000+ applications, a testament to the growing interest in sustainable leadership and the visible impact of the OMLA program. With momentum on our side, we anticipate even greater interest and engagement in the upcoming application cycles. Join us in crafting the next generation of sustainable leaders.

Food Security

Climate Change


Waste Mgt


Sustainable Education

Our Impact over the years

Our journey has certainly been filled with challenges, but the milestones we’ve achieved and the impact we’ve made over the years stand as a testament to our unwavering commitment to fulfill our promises.
Impact Report

The OMLA Fellowship Program

OMLA annually recruits young African talents who are awarded an OMLA Fellowship. They receive a two-month training in aspects as Leadership, Sustainability, Social innovation and Social entrepreneurship.

After their training, each fellow trains and mentors fifty other young people (Stars), who aspire to create social projects within their communities.

The Stars in their turn will train other young people (Starlets).

The OMLA Fellows, Stars and Starlets will run community projects during a one-year fellowship.

After completing the fellowship, they will become part of the OMLA Alumni community, a support network for One Million Leaders Africa.

Who can join?

We are looking for leaders who embody the values that reflect the community and commitment to the world we want to build.

Our One Million Leaders will embody the commitment:
I AM SET to change Africa for our future generations.


Upcoming Events Programs Activities

Tackling sustainable leadership from the Grassroot

The OMLA Bootcamp for Secondary School Students in Africa is one step further in our drive towards sustainable leadership and development. The bootcamp will feature  key training sessions on Digital and technological skills, Climate change, Entrepreneurship Skill and Leadership.  

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One Million Leaders Africa

One Million Leaders Africa

OMLA - One Million Leaders Africa is a project that intends to empower 1 million Young African Leader

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The OMLA Bootcamp 2023 proved to be a resounding success, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who took part.

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