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Breaking News – JumpStart Academy Africa Scholars in Bamenda take over!

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JumpStart Academy Africa Scholars in Bamenda take over the Student Government at Government Bilingual High School, Downtown Bamenda, Cameroon.

With a student body of about 4000, 20 students  were recently elected to the new student government at Government Bilingual High School, Downtown Bamenda.
We are pleased to announce that 25% of the new student body are JumpStart Academy Africa Scholars as follows:

Noella Nchinda, Student Body President


Darling Kwenti, Sports Prefect

Noella Nchinda
Student Body President
(current JumpStart Academy Africa Club President)

Esther Muna Eziah
Sanitation Prefect

Endam Blessing
Labour Prefect

Golda Akwa
Cooperative Prefect/Entrepreneurship

Darling Kwenti
Sports Prefect


JumpStart Academy Africa scholars elected to the student government at Government Bilingual High School Downtown Bamenda with their mentor Nathaniel Kebuya.

We are so proud of these young ladies and say bravo to them and their JumpStart Academy Africa mentor Kebuya Nathaniel!

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Scholar Spotlight – Edwin Tumi

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Edwin Tumi, a Jumpstart Academy Africa inaugural alumnus,  has been recruited by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services to be trained as a Nursing Auxiliary. He hopes to be a medical doctor in the future and this opportunity is a stepping stone for him to begin his career in health care.


Edwin was selected to join the Academy in 2014 as part of the inaugural class.

 A student at Government Bilingual High School Ndu, it was challenging for his family to support his high school education. Faced with this challenge, Edwin decided to use the entrepreneurial leadership training he received at JumpStart Academy Africa to start a poultry farm. He carried out fundraising activities to raise the capital he needed to get started and was able to grow it by bootstrapping the business.

Edwin used the profits from his business to pay for his high school education and he was able to successful run a fully operational poultry whilst studying for his A-Level Examinations.

Edwin’s story underlines the importance of real-world, hands on learning.

That is why we at JumpStart Academy Africa are  focused on “reimagining the purpose of education” and developing “job creators, innovators, solution providers”.

Our scholar spotlight features our students and alumni who are breaking barriers and igniting possibilities in their communities.

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Matching Grant Challenge Completed!

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Dear Friends,

As you may recall, the Umsizi Fund Pledged to match any donation of $15,000 made to Jumpstart Academy Africa.

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the Matching Grant Challenge thanks to Amy Brakeman and Ellen Parker.

Thank you to all our donors for supporting us and equipping us to make a difference in the lives of youth across Cameroon and Nigeria.

For more information on ways to invest in the Academy, please visit our website

The Team at Jumpstart Academy Africa

Co-founder of JumpStart Academy Africa selected for the African Educator Program

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We are pleased to announce that our co-founder Omotola Akinsola has been selected to be part of the African Educator Program hosted by the African Leadership Academy(ALA) in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation. The African Educator Program is run by ALA’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).


Omotola Akinsola (CEO) and Victoria Ibiwoye (Mentor) received the the 21st Century African Educator Scholarship to attend the training which will hold from February 14th – 25th, 2016.


JumpStart Academy Africa Launches “Back to School” Campaign across Cameroon and Nigeria

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‘Back to School Week’ is a global campaign running from February 1st to 8th to galvanize people around the world to think about how they can support their former schools. A key element of the #backtoschool campaign is the question “What advice would you give to your 16 year old self”?
Joining the #backtoschool campaign, Okawa Shaznay, Nollywood actress from Cameroon had the following remarks:


The “Back to School” campaign will see a mass movement of people turning their social media profiles to their old school photos and posting their advice to their 16-year-old selves. It will also see mobilization of alumni to support current students in schools in Pakistan, Spain, the UK, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, India, Cameroon, Nigeria and beyond.
People around the world are invited to sign www.myalumnipledge.org and make a commitment to their former schools. They will be supported by a new series of guides for alumni volunteers and a piece of global research into how to build alumni communities. All will be made freely available from Future First Global.
For more information about “Back to School” Week in Cameroon and Nigeria and to get involved, please contact us at info@jsaafrica.org



JumpStart Academy Africa announces partnership with Future First Global!

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Imagine if every school in the world was a community. Imagine if every young person had access to a network of relatable role models, work experience and mentors, all alumni of their school, from their communities; all ready to go back and give back
That is the vision of Future First Global!  Future First Global Logo
JumpStart Academy Africa is pleased to announce a partnership with Future First Global to run the Back to School’ campaign  in Cameroon and Nigeria, during the first week in February to mobilize every former student to think about what they can do for their old school.

The #backtoschool movement will take place in Kenya, Spain, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK from FEBRUARY 1  to FEBRUARY 8.
For more information on how to get involved as a partner, volunteer, Alumni Speaker at your school or simply to stay updated, please contact us as follows:
Partnerships: info@jsaafrica.org
Volunteers/Alumni Speakers: Nigeria – john@jsaafrica.org and Cameroon – estella@jsaafrica.org



Kicking off our Guest Speaker Series for 2016

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We are pleased to kick off the year by hosting Ms. Simone Fobi, an Energy Research Scientist with IBM. A recent M.S. graduate from Stanford University, USA, with a degree in Environmental Engineering, Ms. Fobi was also a fellowship recipient with the American Association of University Women.

Our Guest Speaker Series at JumpStart Academy Africa brings entrepreneurial leaders to and from all fields for broad-reaching conversations about the global context of Africa’s development.

For more information please contact us at info@jsaafrica.org.


Our Scholars in Ndu pay it forward!

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At JumpStart Academy Africa, one of the areas we hope to create impact is Civic Engagement. Putting this into action, our Scholars in Ndu, Cameroon, organized themselves and raised funds for an outreach project at the Baptist Hospital in Ndu.

These young leaders are becoming change-makers in their communities and creating a wave of positive change.

By contributing financially, you can help JumpStart Academy Africa provide secondary school students across Africa with real-world, hands on learning

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