Afresist is a multimedia platform rooted in the values of Pan-Africanism, using technology for the co-creation of alternative models, training, convening and empowering African youth and documenting their work, experiences and movements across the African continent and beyond.

Afresist seeks to:

  • Build a strong collaboration and unique exchange between young African researchers, bloggers, artists, activists and organizers to produce a collective memory of the struggles, the learnings and best practices that will be translated into data, visuals and creatives.
  • Influence policies and mainstream narratives about the positive roles and constant (but overlooked) social change demands, actions and mobilization of African youth.
  • Nurture the Pan-African movement and solidarity through regular convenings, trainings, workshops, and networking; as well as support action to allow the spread and scaling of youth work across the continent and beyond.

The everyday citizen, the everyday activist.

Afresist is an African story!

Understanding how our realities are similar, our histories are shared, our future is tied together.

While various leadership programs targeting African youth do exist, most times there is either little or no focus on African knowledge, philosophy and models.

This is disempowering for African youth because it creates the perception that African youth and Africans in general must look outside of Africa for best practice models.

Afresist, as a platform, seeks to demystify the notion that Africans – especially African youth – need to look to the “outside” to find solutions to the challenges they and their communities face on a day-to-day basis.

Our stories have been set and written by others even though we have our own narratives. African youth leaders, by looking to the past and assessing the present through a Pan-Africanist decolonial feminist lens, can and should work and build the Pan-African future they want.


Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) is Africa’s largest youth-led Pan-African movement that strives for the participation, development, and leadership of African youth to achieve their rights to peace, equality and social justice.

Drawing on the experiences of AYM organizers, members and hub leaders, AYM identified a need to train, build capacity of, support and coach young people in a Pan-African space of solidarity and resilience.

Accordingly, Afresist is an organization that seeks to complement AYM in training and building the capacity of African youth leaders from within the movement and beyond.

Afresist especially seeks to build the capacity of AYM members and hub leaders, but Afresist also seeks to empower African youth beyond AYM.

AYLP is a step towards addressing this gap by supporting, empowering, nurturing and creating Pan-African spaces for African youth.

AYLP focuses on three key modules, each rooted in self-disciple and action: Pan-Africanism, Leadership and Non-Violence.

The Afresist Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) was created by activists of Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) and is rooted in the belief that African youth can be everyday pan-Africanists, everyday leaders, everyday activists.

The deadline for submission of application form for the first AYLP is Monday, 11th February 2019.

Afresist intends to organize and conduct more AYLPs in the future at the continental level, regional level, and national level.

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Applications for the First Edition of the first ever two-phase Afresist Youth Leadership Program starts now!

Phase I: 10-17 April 2019 – Nairobi, Kenya
Phase II: 24-29 July 2019 – Location to be confirmed

The two-phase program offers two weeks of intensive training which provides participants with an experience that will equip them with skills, knowledge and network to own and build the Africa We Want!

There will be online activities and engagement which will take place throughout the program; and two ‘face-to-face’ trainings on the continent.

Centred on Pan-African philosophy, participants will gain knowledge on various theoretical and practical approaches that include:

  • Intersectional analysis
  • Decolonization
  • African Leadership and Wisdom
  • Postcolonial Africa
  • Concept of Power
  • African-inspired self-care tools
  • Storytelling
  • Intergenerational dialogue
  • African Art and Spirituality
  • Self-defence
  • African Women’s wisdom
  • The deadline for submission of application form is Monday 11th February 2019.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview by the end of February 2019.
  • The announcement of selected participants will be made on Monday, 25th March, 2019.
  • Phase I will take place from 10-17th April, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya (excluding travel dates).
  • Action Phase: between May and July, participants will go back to their communities and conduct a research project and apply the skills they learnt in a social project.

Phase II will take place from 24-29th July 2019 – location to be confirmed (excluding travel dates).

NB. Afresist will also organize National and Regional training across Africa between April and August 2019. Subscribe to receive the updates.

To be eligible to apply to the AYLP, you should be:

  1. An African residing in Africa;
  2. 18-25 years old at the time of submitting the application;
  3. Have good proficiency in English;
  4. Have a genuine interest in personal growth and self-empowerment;
  5. Be aspiring or young leaders in their communities.
  • Do you not qualify but would still like to benefit from the AYLP? Read the reply to the next question.

The African Youth Charter (2006) defines youth as being persons between the ages of 15 and 35. The Afresist Youth Leadership Program, however, targets youth between the ages of 15-25.

Knowing that the definition of youth is defined differently by various regional and international governance agencies, and that it is a social construction mostly defined in different times and spaces in relation to socio-economic contexts, Afresist has chosen to target young people between 18-25 because we feel that in consideration with the political context of different African nations, one who is between the ages of 18-25 can most benefit from a face-to-face leadership training program.

Afresist envisions that by targeting younger youth, these leaders would go back to their communities and practice this leadership for many years to come. They will also play a vital role in training other young leaders.

Afresist is still for all African youth. It is for this reason that in due time Afresist will publish a leadership training toolkit, as well as many learning tools, webinars and podcasts on its website.

These learning materials will be open-access for all to use. Afresist will also create a network of young researchers, bloggers and journalists so that they may contribute to the further development of Afresist’s learning tools and publish their articles and research on the website.

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