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he American football coach, Vincent Lombardi said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” I think this is factual only to a limited extent because while it is also true that some people are born leaders; some leaders are born in the midst of adversity and so may spend an entire lifetime without being aware of their leadership skills.
Often, some people who have never had a leadership role will stand up and take the lead when an important circumstance requires that. A good example is parenthood. When people become parents, irrespective of their ages, they are predisposed to discover the leadership abilities they never knew existed in them in order to bring up their children.
African youth leadership more or less suffers from a similar perspective. Due to the fact that so many decades have to be spent on “making” leaders out of African youths according to Vincent Lombardi, appropriate frameworks have been neglected where they ought to have been put in place to challenge and bring out the best of leadership skills in youths, thereby concealing this ability in them for the greater part of the existence of Africa.
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