African Leadership Organization Is Committed Raising the Next Mandelas in the Continent – Kingsley Okeke, Managing Editor, African Leadership Magazine UK

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United Kingdom
July 21, 2022

The Group Managing Editor, African Leadership Magazine, Kingsley Okeke, has said that the group is committed to raising the next “Nelson Mandelas” in Business, Politics, diplomacy and all other facets of human endeavour.

Mr Okeke made this known during his remark at the just concluded Webinar organized by Brand South Africa, in partnership with the African Leadership Magazine UK. The Webinar, titled Leadership through the Lens of Nelson Mandela: Lessons for Today’s Global Environment, was organized as part of activities to mark the 2022 Nelson Mandela Day, held annually in July to commemorate the UN declaration, celebrating the leadership legacies of the great Nelson Mandela.

According to Mr Okeke, “this conversation today, is as important as it was many years ago because the prevailing challenges that the great Madiba lived and fought for until his death are still very much with us today; Injustice, Inequality, Poverty, Peace, and Security.

Today the world is faced with a menacing war in Ukraine. Only recently the leaders from West Africa met to discuss the rising cases of coup d’état in the region. Across developing economies, poverty and growing cases of inequality are threatening the fabrics of our existence. This is therefore challenges us as leaders to rethink our strategies, as we may be failing the past, present and future leaders.”

“For us at the African Leadership Organization, we have been committed to the promotion of the legacies and the very ideals of the great Nelson Mandela. From formation, Nelson Mandela has been our inspiration. Through our events and the publication, we are committed to the promotion of Afro Positivism and telling the African story. Simply put, African Leadership is committed to identifying, promoting and showcasing the next “Nelson Mandelas,” in Business, Politics, diplomacy and all other facets of human endeavour, because we believe that leadership makes all the difference,” he said.

The Managing Editor also called for the reassessment of the current leadership strategies in the continent. In his words, “as you all may be aware, the term third world was coined during the cold war to describe groups that were not aligned to NATO, nor the Communist Block, but, today, it is used to describe developing economies like Africa, Latin America and the rest. If we do not, therefore, pursue strategic leadership across the continent, if there was ever a 4th 5th and 6th world, Africa would be part of it.”

The webinar was organized by Brand South Africa in strategic partnership with the African Leadership Magazine UK. It had speakers drawn from the political and diplomatic communities, including Lord Peter Hain, a Member House of Lords, Baroness Sandy Verma, a member House of Lords, Pumela Salela, UK country Head, Brand South Africa, Kingsley Okeke, Group Managing Editor, African Leadership Magazine U.K. In their responses to the discussions, Dr Liaqat Alli Azam, CEO of Leading Like Mandela Leadership Institute, and Dr Thelela Ngcetane-Vika, of Traversing a Leadership Avalanche, took turns to underscore each speaker’s contributions and how it relates to the prevailing challenges confronting the world.

The webinar, which is designed to celebrate one of Africa’s most extraordinary leadership exports-Nelson Mandela, is organized in partnership with the African Leadership Magazine U.K.

The world is at a critical juncture and in dire need of leadership. With the rising cases of Coup De tat in West Africa and the global uncertainties occasioned by the war between Ukraine and Russia – leading to a deeply polarized world, this conversation is as important today as it was many years ago.

Nelson Mandela is an asset to South Africa, Africa and the world. This event helps to therefore remind leaders across all facets, including governments, civil society and business, that leadership is all that matters in critical times.

The webinar also explored how leaders can draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s leadership style and apply it to business, civil society and government. They will reflect on how they view leadership through the lens of Nelson Mandela.

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation to improve its global competitiveness.

Brand South Africa’s primary focus is to develop and implement proactive, coordinated marketing and communications reputation management strategies for South Africa. Our main objective is to market South Africa to domestic and international audiences, positioning South Africa as a competitive investment destination and inspiring and instilling active citizenship amongst South Africans.

About African Leadership Magazine:

The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (U.K.) Limited a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing Africa’s best to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges the continent faces today.

Since its maiden edition, African Leadership Magazine has become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 1 200 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policymakers, and multilateral agencies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe, and the U.S. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world.

The magazine has over 1 000,000 subscribers/Followers on Facebook and a virile readership on other social media platforms. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to tell the African story from an African perspective by focusing on individuals and corporates known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.


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