The African Leadership Centre was officially launched on June 24th, 2010 in Nairobi Kenya, as a joint initiative of the Conflict Security and Development Group at King’s College London and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) University of Nairobi. The Centre is guided by a vision to develop a new community of leaders, generating cutting edge knowledge for peace, security and development in Africa. The ALC seeks to train and mentor the next generation of young African Leaders, enhance their skills and abilities and facilitate their participation in national, regional and international efforts to achieve transformative change in Africa.

The ALC is committed to the following core values:

  • African-led ideas and processes of change;
  • Diversity in terms of gender, religion, class and beliefs;
  • Independent thinking;
  • Recognition of Youth agency;
  • Pursuit of excellence;
  • Integrity

In accordance with its mission to train and mentor the next generation of African Leaders, the ALC is inviting applications from young women and men across the African continent for an internship opportunity  at  the  Centre’s  headquarters  in  Nairobi.  We  are  looking  for  people  who:  have demonstrable  experience  in  the  areas  of  academic  research,  academic  writing  and  general programme administration; and are committed to the core values of the ALC. Interns will be engaged for a period of  6- months, renewable for an additional  6 months. Renewal is subject to satisfactory performance and available funds.

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On September 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the recent Presidential election results citing widespread irregularities in the management of the elections by the Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya. This is being hailed as evidence of the Supreme Court of Kenya’s independence, thereby demonstrating a clear separation of powers in a continent whose politics has largely been constructed as shaped by political patronage and cyclical presidential term limit debates.

While Kenyans wait for a re-run of the presidential election and resolution of the factors that led to result nullification, it is apt that we reflect on the broader theoretical and policy insights that can be drawn from this East African hub.

Can the Kenyan judicial experience create a ripple effect in the East African sub-region and other sections of the continent with similar political trajectories? How can we theorise the uncomfortable relationship between discourses on peace and state orchestrated violence particularly how they are deployed during election cycles in countries emerging from periods of violence? What does Kenya tell us about the processes of re-negotiating state/society relations before, during and after election cycles?

The African Leadership Centre at Kings College London and the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS invites you to a panel discussion on these issues and more on 20th September from 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. in room K2.40, King's College London Strand Campus. 

Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-Principal International (Interim) King’s College London, and Founding-Director of the African Leadership Centre.


  1. Comfort Ero - Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
  2. Gladwell Otieno - Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
  3. Awino Okech - Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS.

This is an open event, all are welcome. Drinks and nibble to be served afterwards.

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 Zekarias being congratulated by Prof Abiodun Alao, Programme Director at ALC and Chair of the African Community of Practice, King's College London.
  • Zekarias being congratulated by Prof Abiodun Alao, Programme Director at ALC and Chair of the African Community of Practice, King's College London.


The African Leadership Centre (ALC) at King's College London is pleased to announce that our current student Zekarias Beshah has recently been awarded the African Community of Practice Outstanding Achievement Award. Zekarias has received £1000, to be spent on activities related to his academic areas of interest. Zekarias is currently on the 2016-17 MSc Security, Leadership and Society programme at King's and also on the ALC Peace and Security Fellowship for African Scholars. 

The award offers an opportunity for the recipient to carry out an activity that enhances their academic journey that would otherwise not have been possible.

This award has been made possible by the generous donation of Richemont International, who made £4000 available to support African students at King's. Through the ALC and African Community of Practice (ACP), departments were chosen across King's who have been particularly active in the ACP. Faculty from those departments then selected high-achieving African students worthy of this award using criteria which included: most improvement over the course of study; highest performance; and most innovative idea for using the prize.

This year's winners were chosen as:

  • Zekarias Beshah, Ethiopian, African Leadership Centre;
  • Adel El- Adawy, Egyptian, Department of War Studies;
  • Eseoghene Dase, Nigerian, King's Centre for Global Health; 
  • Abisola Yussuf, Nigerian, Department of International Development.

ALC and the ACP would like to extend very many congratulations to all recipients, along with very many thanks to Richemont International for their immense generosity. Thanks also goes to Richard Kays, Jenny Ng and all staff at the King's donor relations office for facilitating the granting of this award.

It is with great sadness that all staff at the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London, along with those at our sister-centre in Nairobi, Kenya, morns the loss of Dr Abdul Raufu Mustapha. Dr Mustapha, professor of African Politics at Oxford University, died on Tuesday 8th August 2017 after a battle with stomach cancer.

Professor Mustapha was a great friend and colleague of the ALC for many years. Apart from following with interest all our activities, he would often phone the leadership of the ALC to offer his encouragements and support. He also assisted in examining some of our Ph.D. students, while many of our students and Fellows who never met him physically knew him through his excellent and critical research on African ethnicity, democratisation and rural societies, amongst others.

Although always calm in his outward disposition, he was tough and had the strength of character and resilience to bear the last few months of his illness with a most admirable sense of self-dignity and endurance. Professor Mustapha was a great human being who was an endearingly compassionate and very genuine person to all who knew him. He was also a truly warm, kind, caring and family loving person who spared all his energy and time in helping people as if they were part of his extended family. He was a true and sincere African, a captivating and courageous scholar, a trustworthy friend and a genial host. Professor Mustapha’s constant loyalty to friends and colleagues, the support on which they could always rely, his extreme modesty, courtesy and amazing sense of humour, are qualities we at the ALC will surely miss. Indeed, human beings don’t come in better shapes as did the late Raufu Mustapha.

Professor Mustapha was survived by his wife, Kate, and two children, Asma’u and Seyi, and will be sadly missed by his large and supportive family as well as students and colleagues who worked with him and knew him well. We sincerely extend our deep commiseration to Kate, the children and his colleagues at Oxford.

From all at African Leadership Centre, in London and Nairobi

Dr. Njoki Wamai

ALC is very pleased to announce that ALC Alumnus and current Chair of the ALC Alumni Network, Njoki Wamai, was awarded her PhD in Politics and International Studies from University of Cambridge in June 2017. Many congratulations to Dr. Wamai from all at ALC!.

Dr Wamai sat and passed her PhD viva in November 2016 and the PhD was finally Approved following minor corrections in June this year. The thesis is titled "Peace, Justice and Moving On: Local Political Contestation of the International Criminal Court in Kenya." The thesis is currently being turned into a book manuscript and centers on the politics of the ICC intervention at the everyday level in Kenya.

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