Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre for West Africa had the opportunity to a face-to-face dialogue with the West Africa YALI Director for the Sub-region, Mr. Pape Sow on 5th September 2019 at the Centre in Accra, Ghana.

The meeting was hosted by the Chief of Party of the YALI RLC West Africa, Dr. Shola Safo-Duodu, in tandem with the management of the Centre. Dr. Prempeh and Professor Sallah represented the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) during the event. Also present at the event were the YALI Alumni Association of members of Ghana, Togo, Cameroon, Niger, Benin, and Senegal. The event was part of the efforts of the YALI RLC West Africa to bring the experts behind the program closer to the alumni to interact and further learn of the future and sustainability of the initiative beyond the training program.

The Chief of Party, Dr. Shola was a center of admiration at the event for being an astute educationist, development strategists, and diplomat. She highlighted some of the great interventions, strategies, and advice the West Africa YALI Director, Mr. Pape Sow gave her since taking up the helm of affairs of the initiative. She acknowledged how Mr. Sow marshaled the building of the RLC Building at GIMPA, supported the initiation of the YALI Africa Directorate and many other innovative strategies and projects that have made the YALI RLC West Africa trailblazer.

After this introduction, Mr. Pape Sow took his turn to admonish attendees on the essentials of leadership. He specifically lectured on data and research engineering, time management, relationships, knowledge, science, order, cultural modification, gratitude, respect and humility as being the keys for today’s Young African Leader. He further shared his golden rule for excellence namely Rest, Prayer, Hardwork, Reading and Socializing. He beseeches the alumni to ensure that their day to day efforts projects the relevance of the leadership training and further promote Africa as a continent.  This was preceded by a question and answer session to the ace educationists by alumni.

The YALI RLC West Africa management after the dialogue meeting presented specialized souvenirs as a sign of gratitude to Pape Sow for being an exemplary leader and mentor.

In a concluding remark, the President of the YALI Alumni Association of Ghana, Ms. Asana Shani Mahama thanked the ace educationist on behalf of the alumni from the various countries present.

At a brief interview with YALI TV, Mr. Pape Sow stated how impressed he was with the impact of YALI Alumni across West Africa and further stated his desire to see more impact from beneficiaries of the program. He also stated that he was very confident that the YALI Alumni are a people of quality and they will surely make the difference the continent so dearly needs.