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Congratulations to Fred Swaniker on receiving two accolades in one month!

Fred Swaniker

The Africa Leadership Initiative takes this opportunity to congratulate Fred Swaniker (Class III, Seriti), the founder and CEO of Africa Leadership Academy, which is a pan-African secondary school.

A few weeks back, Fred Swaniker was bestowed with an honorary doctorate from the Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. A similar honor from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa was also awarded to Swaniker within the same month, garnering two doctorates in under a month.

As the Africa Leadership Initiative we’re honoured to have contributed to the enlightenment and development of such a great African leader.

Fred Swaniker expressed his gratitude and took to Facebook to share his untold story behind the accolades:

The untold story

The untold story behind these accolades, however, is where my career first started.

My first job was at the age of 18 in a dusty little town called Selebi-Phikwe in Botswana. I had just graduated from high school and had almost a year to wait before I could go to college. So I approached one of the businessmen in our town to ask for a job. His company owned several businesses and he allowed me to rotate through 3 of them. For the first month, I was the assistant to an electrician. I carried his toolbox and went with him to fix things, handing him tools and cleaning up dust and wires after he was done. Then for the next month, I was an attendant in a hardware store. I stood on my feet the whole day, serving customers as they came in…

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Thanks to our valued partners and to all the Fellows who continue to contribute in many ways.

  • Aspen Global Leadership Network
  • Yellowwoods
  • Barloworld
  • Tshikululu