FONAA (Friends of Nana Akufo-Addo) Institute is a nongovernmental organization guided by the vision of President Akufo-Addo that Africa needs an institution to develop the next generation of leaders in Africa.

President Akufo-Addo says that Africa faces poverty because of bad leadership. The singular goal of FONAA Institute is addressing this lack of leadership.

President Akufo-Addo

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Africa needs new leaders, and Ghana wants to show the way.

After half a century of independence and self-rule, most African countries find it difficult to blame the poor state of affairs on the past colonial and pre-independence era.

In sub-Sahara Africa, about 85 percent of the population live under $5.5 a day and about 67 percent live under $3.20 a day (WB 2019). When compared to East Asia and the Pacific less than 40 percent of the population live under $5.5 and less than than 17 percent live under $3.20 per day.

Sub Sahara

FONAA puts this poverty statistics  squarely on the shoulders of African leaders. African leaders have not lived up to the the creed promised its various populations at the time of independence.

Emmanuel Macron

At a very crucial time in American history, President Truman said, "men make history and not the other way around". "In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

FONAA is answering the call for skillful leaders by pledging to engage Africa leaders through a speaker program which brings African government and business leaders to the US to speak on issues relevant to contemporary African business and politics.

During these speaker programs, FONAA organizes training for new and emerging young leaders.  As an example, FONAA has invited Ghana's Minster for Sanitation to speak in Chicago on August 11. Sanitation is one of the critical need sectors in Africa, simply, because, our environment determines our health. The global pandemic Covid-19 has forced African countries to deal with their environments. In Ghana, the Minister of Sanitation shut whole cities down for disinfection, to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

This is the type of action leaders Africa needs. 

Cecilia Dapaah

John Maxwell, one of the foremost leadership coaches in the world, says leadership is all about helping people. John Maxwell adds that leaders are not born but are developed. 

FONAA is all about helping people - from the high school student who needs extra classes to graduate, to the mother who needs about $100 to start a business, a politician seeking a term in office as a parliamentarian.