We Will Lead Africa is organized as a global network and social enterprise, founded by Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Sarah Owusu and Judith Okonkwo.
It was established with the intent of curating and sharing stories, and creating networks of everyday African leaders, anywhere in the world, doing work impacting the progress of continental Africa.
Our Vision: Africans owning and leading our narratives.
Our Mission: Creating platforms for sharing and inspiring everyday African leadership through storytelling.
We believe in the power of storytelling, an inherent part of African culture, as a powerful tool for imagining, sparking and driving progress. And as a way to inspire more change and shape the futures we want.
Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, PhD
Yabome Gilpin-Jackson was born in Germany, grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and completed her undergraduate & graduate studies in Canada and the United States. Yabome is a social scientist, consultant, academic, and writer and curator of African identity & leadership stories. She has presented on and taught about African Leadership: Now and for the Future. Yabome has most recently spoken on the issue of global African Identities, which led to her writing and publishing a short story collection titled Identities. She regularly lectures in her areas of specialty.
Sarah Owusu is an Organisation Development specialist focused on culture, employee engagement and change navigation. A planetary citizen she is Danish / Ghanaian, born in Botswana and is currently based in Maputo, Mozambique. She has worked with Africa 2.0 (and is their Champion for Capacity Building), Peace One Day and British Airways leading transformational change programmes and in 2014 she won the Women4Africa award for Inspirational Woman of the Year. She has a Masters in Philosophy, is an Integral Coach and a Reiki practitioner.
Judith Okonkwo was born in London and grew up in Austria, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Indonesia & Japan. She is a Business Psychologist, Organisation Development Consultant & Technology Evangelist. Her passion for inclusive leadership models was a key driver for Judith’s move to Lagos in 2014. She sits on the Board of the European Organisation Design Forum; is a guest lecturer at the Lagos Business School & University of Westminster; & is the creator of the Oriki Coaching ModelTM. Judith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2016 she set up Imisi 3D, a virtual reality creation lab, in Lagos.