By Olimatou Coker
The TAF Leadership Academy (TAFLA) recently graduated 152 students who completed its one-year leadership programme at a graduation ceremony held at the Sir Dawda Conference Centre.
The goal of the programme is to instill skill sets and values of leadership into young Gambians in order to harness their leadership potential.
The programme was established in 2019 with this batch being the second cohort of graduates. The programme aims to graduate about 1000 young people in the next 4 years, targeting those expected to be in leadership roles in the next 5-10 years.
Mustapha Njie, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of TAF Africa Global, highlighted the essential takeaways from the leadership programme.
“We’ve recognised that leadership is an issue in Africa and we need to address that. At the age that we’re in, we need to look back at these young ones aged between 18 and 30 and start working on them. If we empower them, train them with the right skills and values of leadership, I think we will probably change the narrative [of African people],” Mr Njie said.
He said the leadership programme has 12 components: integrity, commitment, empathy, futuristic vision, accountability, decision making, empowerment, communication, confidence, honesty, innovation, passion.
TAFLA was created to serve as a training academy for our future leaders. The academy sets out to prepare and train the next generation of Gambian leaders on diverse issues based on their areas of interest. TAFLA seeks to harness the characteristics essential for creating a mission-based life of impact and purpose for our future leaders.