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Princeton hosted an "indaba," or gathering, focused on creating a lifelong network of support among alumni of the African Leadership Academy. Read more.


Video Closed Captions

[music]

[singing]

Mcebo Maziya:
[speaking in Xhosa]

Mcebo Maziya:
My name is Mcebo Maziya.

Mcebo Maziya:
I am Xhosa by cultural heritage,
as that is my tribe.

Mcebo Maziya:
And I'm from South Africa.

Kamelia Lechani:
[speaking in Arabic]

Kamelia Lechani:
Hello. My name is Kamelia Lechani,
from Morocco.

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
[speaking in Swahili]

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
My name is Kiiru Gichohi,
also known as Sam.

Mattie Lillian Maboya:
[Speaking in Pedi]

Mattie Lillian Maboya:
My name is Mattie Lillian Maboya, and I

Mattie Lillian Maboya:
am from South Africa.

Courage Matiza:
[Speaking in Shona]

Courage Matiza:
Hi, my name is Courage Matiza.

Courage Matiza:
I am from Zimbabwe.

Kamelia Lechani:
Most of us here just graduated from ALA,

Kamelia Lechani:
and we are getting ready
to go to college.

Fred Swaniker:
I think it's a great time to be a young African right now.

Fred Swaniker:
Because Africa today is maybe what
China was 20 or 30 years ago.

Fred Swaniker:
It's just starting to take off.

Fred Swaniker:
These young people are the ones
who are going to be able

Fred Swaniker:
to capture these opportunities.

[singing]

Julio Blaise Maniratunga:
So, what people would hear about leadership,

Julio Blaise Maniratunga:
they may think it's only
about politics and stuff,

but it's actually almost in anything.

[bus and crowd noises]

Fred Swaniker:
A leader's effectiveness is only partly a

Fred Swaniker:
function of their skills.

Fred Swaniker:
A huge part of the effectiveness
is the quality

Fred Swaniker:
of the networks that they have.
And the most powerful

Fred Swaniker:
network that these young leaders
have is actually with each other.

Heather Haynes:
["Welcome" in several languages.]

Heather Haynes:
Welcome.

[waterfall]

Steve Boehlke:
The most enduring way to impact

Steve Boehlke:
leadership behavior is through
what I call "breakthrough

Steve Boehlke:
awareness," where the
light bulb goes on.

Steve Boehlke:
And that's what's terrific about
the opportunities to

Steve Boehlke:
work in the outdoors that the
Blairstown Center provides.

Bryan Pannill:
All you really have is yourself, the board,

Bryan Pannill:
and the island.

Particpant:
That's good.

Particpant:
Lower it.

Olivia Iloetonma:
Being at the Princeton-Blairstown

Olivia Iloetonma:
Center, surrounded with such
support, gave me the ability

Olivia Iloetonma:
to have the courage to step up
and do something I've never

Olivia Iloetonma:
done before.

Courage Matiza:
We basically had to travel from one tree to

Courage Matiza:
another on a steel wire.

Mattie Lillian Maboya:
I felt like I can do it.

Mattie Lillian Maboya:
Like, if all these people think that I

can do it, why not?

Mcebo Maziya:
What I learned today was the power

Mcebo Maziya:
of respect for one another.

Mcebo Maziya:
The power of taking

Mcebo Maziya:
responsibility for your actions.

Mcebo Maziya:
And the power of cooperation.

Mcebo Maziya:
Because you can't make
a big change alone.

Chris Bradford:
One of the great things about working

Chris Bradford:
with these young leaders is that
they will start to draw

Chris Bradford:
connections between different
fields as they build

Chris Bradford:
organizations with far-reaching
impact.

Chris Bradford:
So we're looking not only for
the people who will build the

Chris Bradford:
Googles of Africa, but also for
the prominent writers of

Chris Bradford:
the future, or artists.

Chris Bradford:
And if we can bring them into
one network, we think that

Chris Bradford:
they can collaborate through
their lives to create a very

Chris Bradford:
different Africa.

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
You can only handle a network of 120

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
people in your life
at any given time.

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
And I plan on finding the 120
people who matter most to me

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
in the world, and in those 120
people, to find the five or

Kiiru "Sam" Gichohi:
seven who make me a better
person every day.

[cicadas humming, crowd noise]

Linda Kay Klein:
So today, we're going to talk a little bit about home.

Courage Matiza:
This session basically helped me to really

Courage Matiza:
look and say, "OK, this is
what I've received.

Courage Matiza:
What is it that I want to
embrace, and what is that I

Courage Matiza:
want to release?"

[cicadas humming, crowd noise]

Chris Bradford:
What we're trying to do is connect these

Chris Bradford:
amazing young leaders with
individuals who can help them

Chris Bradford:
make their dreams become a reality.

Shirley M. Tilghman:
It is so inspiring to see the students

Shirley M. Tilghman:
who are setting as one of their
goals, to become the

Shirley M. Tilghman:
generation of leaders who are
going to really make Africa a

Shirley M. Tilghman:
place that is prosperous and
healthy and forward-thinking

Shirley M. Tilghman:
for all of its people.

Shirley M. Tilghman:
It is a mission that we resonate
with very much here

Shirley M. Tilghman:
at Princeton,

Shirley M. Tilghman:
not just leaders for Africa, but
the importance of leaders

Shirley M. Tilghman:
to get us through these very,
very stormy times.

[crowd noise]

Andrew McLaughlin:
What social networks do very well, online

Andrew McLaughlin:
social networks, is that they
make weak ties easy.

Andrew McLaughlin:
Since the fall of Mubarak, the
national sound of Egypt is the

Andrew McLaughlin:
sound of chairs being pulled
together in a circle.

Andrew McLaughlin:
The weak ties of the online
social world are becoming

Andrew McLaughlin:
stronger ties as people get to
know each other face to face

Andrew McLaughlin:
in real life.

Mbali Palisa Zondi:
When I go back, I, too, want to make a difference.

Courage Matiza:
I've just learned that I'm not alone.

Courage Matiza:
There's a lot of people
out there who are

Courage Matiza:
waiting to help me.

Courage Matiza:
I just need to ask them.

Olivia Iloetonma:
To see it in myself, to stand up and take

Olivia Iloetonma:
initiative and move forward --

Olivia Iloetonma:
follow the road not taken, as
Robert Frost would say --

Olivia Iloetonma:
that's the thing I'll take

Olivia Iloetonma:
out the most. Yep.

[singing]

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