Our History


Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a nonprofit organization, which is committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders that was established by Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR) in 2002.

LEAP recognizes that leadership development is critical for nation building and wealth creation. As a result, it offers leadership training programmes and executive coaching services for business owners, social entrepreneurs and youth. It is committed to equipping these critical stakeholders with the skills, tools and support that they require to serve as change agents. LEAP also conducts research on leadership in Africa and provides leadership awards to youth.

Since its inception in May 2002, LEAP has successfully launched programmes for entrepreneurs and youth in twenty six Nigerian cities including the FCT in collaboration with non-profit and leading financial institutions. These programmes have enhanced the life and leadership skills of over 40,000 youth and business owners. Many of LEAP’s beneficiaries have initiated high-impact change projects in their companies and communities.

Its leadership programme for youth programme pioneered in 2004 has evolved from Youth Leadership Programme to iLEAD. When LEAP started out its leadership training, it focused on undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions. Today, its programme is designed to capture and train disadvantaged younger Nigerians in public schools on core soft skills such as leadership, ethics and civic engagement in addition to financial management and career development.

It continues to its flagship programme for entrepreneurs through the CEOs Forum and business programmes. The forum was launched in 2015 and continues to attract and provide Nigerian entrepreneurs practical tips for business sustainability

LEAP has also pioneered training on ethics, through its Integrity Institute, offered in five Nigerian cities and launched it as an online course for professionals in private sector, civil servants, entrepreneurs, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

As an organization, LEAP has invested in continuous research on leadership developments in Africa. This research serves as the basis for our innovative curriculum. To date, LEAP has successfully published 11 leadership books that cuts across different topics in business. These publications have received endorsements from local and international leaders and professionals working in related fields.

Given its commitment to raising a new generation of African leaders, LEAP Africa partnered with the Aspen Institute, Databank Foundation (Ghana) and Technoserve to launch the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) West Africa, an initiative that seeks to develop a new generation of community-spirited leaders in Ghana and Nigeria. In addition, LEAP, in collaboration with the African Leadership Institute launched the Nigeria 2025 Project, designed to develop a series of scenarios on how Nigeria could evolve in the future.

Over 28 local and international corporate institutions have partnered with LEAP including AIR FRANCE/KLM, Airtel, Bank of Industry,  Citi Foundation, Chellarams Foundation, CocaCola Foundation, First Bank of Nigeria, JP Morgan, Lafarge, Nokia/International Youth Foundation, Microsoft, Sahara Foundation, Sterling bank, the United States Government and the World Bank.