“I Need Africa More Than Africa Needs Me” has become more than just a saying at African Leadership. It’s a phrase that embodies the philosophy we’ve come to believe: It’s not that Africa does not need our efforts. It absolutely does need our partnership. But for me, I’ve come to understand that I need Africa more than Africa needs me. Why? Because it is Africa that has taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart. It’s brought up an issue we’ve wrestled to the ground here at African Leadership. Do we operate in the mindset of training African leaders, or is it more about serving African leaders? Is it simply the education that they need so much or is it that we need to figure out how to better serve them?

In twelve years of experience with our leaders on the ground, we’ve concluded that it’s most often the latter. It’s shown in leaders like Irene Tongoi, the head of New Dawn Educational Centre in Kenya, with her “indomitable spirit.” Leaders like Cherry Friedmeyer, founder of Women at Risk, whose “relationships and faith provide joy.” Leaders like Peter and Monica Odero, directors of HEKO, exuding a “love is sovereign” mentality.

“I Need Africa” is the outpouring of James 2:5, “Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith?” It’s the reason African Leadership maintains an African-led approach, and it’s the foundation of our relationships and partnerships with our African counterparts. For we’ve discovered the greatest rewards come from serving leaders who matter in the hard places.

Read the full “I Need Africa” text and see the video here, courtesy of Mocha Club, African Leadership's monthly giving campaign.