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Applications are currently open for the Acumen West Africa Fellows Program. If you are a social entrepreneur, business executive, or leader at your organization, here’s a chance for you to join a community of change makers from across West Africa.

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Each year, this program brings about 20 leaders under its wings and exposes them to learning sessions and projects that’ll enable them to make a positive impact in their spheres of influence.

Participants will get the chance to build and practice new modes of leadership. They will be able to identify aspects of their leadership practice that require further development. And at the end of the program, they will get to immediately apply the lessons they’ve learned in their unique settings.


Acumen will take care of the costs that participants would have otherwise incurred in the course of the program. These include visas, transportation, food, and lodging.

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The program specifically targets founders of for-profit and non-profit organizations, team leads, heads of departments, CEOs, COOs, country directors, etc.

The Application Process

Applications will remain open until July 12. Persons who apply will receive online assignments in August. Acumen may also invite them to attend the selection conference on November 11 and 12. Acumen will select fellows for the program in December 2022.

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How The Program Will Unfold

The program consists of three seminars, each spread across a year. Each seminar will last for six days. There will also be online readings and assignments for participants, all fixed between seminars.

Participants do not have to leave their current roles to take part in this fellowship. But the organizers expect attendees to commit fully to the seminars and learning sessions.

If you would like to apply for the Acumen West Africa Fellows Program 2023, click here.

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This article was first published on 3rd June 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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