By Litšoanelo Thokoa

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Nvulane Nhlapo is among the second cohort of Obama Foundation African Leaders – 200 rising leaders from 45 countries around the continent who convened in Johannesburg from July 10, to explore new ways to take on the biggest challenges in their communities.

This second Leaders: Africa program ends on July 14.

Nvulane Nhlapo is a technology enthusiast. He is the co-founder of, Lesotho’s go-to website for finding opportunities that also offers resources to equip the young workforce in Lesotho to pursue those various available opportunities. He is a blogger and writes on career advice and professional development, with the focus on the current job market in Lesotho and the future of work.

Nvulane has been heavily involved in a number of volunteerism work with organizations like World Servants Netherlands, World Race, Youth for Christ Southern Africa, and other local organizations. He is currently on the youth advisory panel for the United Nations in Lesotho.

He recently joined the Executive Board of The Night’s Watch. Founded in 2019, The Night’s Watch is an independent, non-profit newsroom based in Maseru. It is run as an independent private association.

The Leaders: Africa gathering will include plenary sessions, skill-building workshops, leadership development training, service projects and opportunities for connection among leaders across sectors and geographies. Through such sessions, Leaders will grapple with ethical dilemmas and work on creative, values-driven approaches to problem solving.

They will also explore how their personal narratives can be used to support and enhance their leadership. When participants return to their communities, virtual programming will continue for a year through a speaker series, technical trainings, educational workshops, action plan guidance, and support and amplification from the Foundation.

“The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program builds on the success of the 2018 inaugural class, bringing together a committed and diverse group of changemakers from across Africa,” said Bernadette Meehan, Chief International Officer of the Obama Foundation.

“Our program will gather together hundreds of emerging African leaders who display a passion for working in their communities, and it will inspire, empower, and connect these participants who are ready to take bold steps in their work. We are excited to support this class of ground breakers as they strive to change the world.”

The selected 2019 Leaders represent 45 nations across the continent and a variety of industries, from health and agriculture to technology and girls’ education. Fifteen Leaders from the 2018 class will return to share their successes and experiences and to mentor the 2019 class. Participants were selected by the Foundation through a rigorous application process that emphasized each Leader’s focus on values-based leadership.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit

The 2019 Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa convening supports the Foundation’s mission to inspire, empower and connect people to change their world. The Obama Foundation has launched several civic engagement programs that engage young leaders globally, including Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa and Leaders: Asia-Pacific, Obama Foundation Scholars, and Obama Foundation Fellows.

In addition, the Foundation has hosted round-tables, town halls, and workshops with President Obama in Germany, Indonesia, Brazil, India, Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Colombia, Canada, and Hawaiʻi to help inform the Foundation’s global programming.

The 2019 Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa convening will be held in Johannesburg July 10-14. Plenary sessions will stream live at NW

Litšoanelo Thokoa is a writer and a staunch believer in social activism hence always gravitates towards writing about social issues.

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