People like to talk about taking charge, but the Nala Feminist Collective (AKA Nalafem) is putting their money where their mouth is. Since 2020, the  Pan-African group of 17 feminists — including the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union, Aya Chebbi, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jaha Dukureh, and Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzihas had a mission to foster, enable and mobilise young women in Africa, guided by the Africa Young Women Beijing+25 Manifesto

In line with this, the group is offering a “Take the Lead” course by the Ivy League school, Cornell University, for free to 20,000 women under 40 years old from Nigeria and Kenya. 

While this course focuses on leadership, it also teaches entrepreneurship, time management and career exploration. Because the only way to get to the things you want is by constantly improving yourself.

The “Take the Lead” course gives young women the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills that are essential for both personal and professional advancement. If you think this opportunity is too good to be true, don’t just take our word for it. Women from both Nigeria and Kenya who’ve enrolled and finished the course, have nothing but good things to say about it.

“It has helped me clarify my vision and mission for my career and personal life,” Nigerian course taker, Joy Indekhwa, shared. With that clarity comes understanding better the necessary steps to take to get to your goal, and how to handle difficult scenarios.

You’ll gain new skills, insight and strategies on how to be an influential leader at work and in your day-to-day activities. Are you really a leader if you can’t carefully map out where you want to go from where you currently are?

According to Valerie Kwena from Kenya, “The emphasis on real-world applications allowed me to immediately implement new tactics in my professional role, leading to noticeable positive changes in both my approach and outcomes.”

The “Take the Lead” course offers content tailored to prepare you for personal, educational and career advancement, and Nalafem presents its students with an achievement certificate upon completion. 

All you have to do is register before February 15, 2024, have steady internet access, a digital device and get ready to devote 20 hours of your time to the course. It really is that easy to get an Ivy League certificate now.


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