At a Glance


The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) is an international leadership program that cultivates the next generation of leaders to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa. 

AAI Scholars have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning to sub-Saharan Africa to initiate change, innovation, and development. The AAI provides financial support for international university degrees, along with leadership training and support to develop Scholars into compassionate leaders of change. 

“After I completed high school, I wanted to go into higher education, but I could not afford it. It was then, in 2014, that I first heard about the Ashinaga scholarship, which was in the very first year of the program, and decided to apply… my transition from an orphanage in Ghana to a university in London was a huge leap, but one that has elevated my life. The opportunities I have encountered as a scholar in London are countless compared to home” 


Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) Scholars in the UK  

  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, we are supporting 27 Scholars, from 18 countries, studying at 18 institutions across the UK.  
  • 85 percent of our Scholars are enrolled at one of the top 500 universities in the world. 
  • Alongside their studies, Scholars develop projects to improve communities in the region of sub-Saharan Africa, undertake internships and field research, and continue to develop leadership skills through our program. 

Ashinaga Association in the UK enables Scholars to study in the UK where they participate in our leadership program. We provide personal and economic support to empower Scholars to become future leaders for Africa. Our work transforms the lives and opportunities of young African scholars and will, through the multiplier effect of their decisions and actions, positively impact on the lives of many others and the development of sub-Saharan Africa.