African Students For Liberty sprang out from the efforts of young Africans to stand up against the negative heritage of tyranny and totalitarianism that has plagued the continent for so long. These young individuals are dedicated to spreading the ideas of human dignity, individual and economic freedom and the ability to pursue one’s happiness without coercion. African Students For Liberty therefore provides a platform for African students to generate and share ideas that will lead to a prosperous and liberated Africa.

WHAT LIBERTY MEANS TO US:

African Students For Liberty is an organization that supports liberty. ASFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in liberty. Rather, ASFL embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse on the differing philosophies that underlie liberty.

 

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April 12, 2017

Africa:
March 2017 Update

SFL Africa MARCH 2017 UPDATE First Set of Ugandan Local Coordinators Emerge, Organize Events In the month of March, ASFL welcomed its first set of Local Coordinators from Uganda. The youngsters swung to work with a tabling event at the University of Kisubi on March 17th, an Entrepreneurship Symposium on the 28th of March at Kyambogo University featuring Dr. Pythagoras Petratos as guest speaker. Also, they organized a National Entrepreneurship Conference on the 31st of March at Nkumba University with the team “Unlocking the barriers of economic prosperity for a free society” ASFL East African Regional Director on Radio The Regional Director of SFL for East Africa, Aimable Manirakiza was recently on Radio 10, Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the ASFL “Foundations of a Free Society” […]
March 31, 2017

Coup in Venezuela
Students Need Your Support

We’ve just gotten word from Estudiantes por la Libertad (EsLibertad) staff that the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating rapidly after President Maduro moved to solidify his power by stripping the National Assembly of its authority through a high court action. CNN says: The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists. The ruling effectively means the three branches of the Venezuelan government will be controlled by the ruling United Socialist Party. The opposition has been taken out of the picture. EsLibertad Program Director Julio Clavijo reports: He is formalizing the dictatorship the country was living in. There is a high possibility that presidential elections which are due to take place in […]
March 22, 2017

Job Opportunity:
Human Rights Foundation

The following is a message from our friends at the Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is hiring a San Francisco-based Strategy Associate SAN FRANCISCO (March 20, 2017) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Today we are announcing an opportunity to join our team in the position of Strategy Associate. This is a unique chance to join a dynamic and high-achieving development and communications team as it works to grow HRF’s support base, engage new communities, and expand HRF’s global profile. Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise […]

THE AFRICAN EXECUTIVE BOARD


Aimable Manirakiza

Executive Board Member

Aimable Manirakiza

Executive Board Member

Bio: Aimable Manirakiza has a degree in International Relations and very soon will hold a Bachelor's degree in Political Science Geostrategic at the Light University of Bujumbura. Aimable is passionate about freedom through peaceful social change in his country since the crisis that shook Burundi in 2015. Aimable is enamored by libertarian ideas when participating for the first at the second conference of the ASFL in KENYA in May 2015. Aimable founded SFL Burundi in 2016 with 10 SFL Clubs in 10 Universities. Aimable currently helps to promote the ideas of a free society in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo and other francophone African countries.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Tom G. Palmer, David Boaz, Eammon Butler, F.A Hayek and Frederic Bastiat
On Students For Liberty: SFL embodies many leaders that the world needs to change and being part of this unique platform of young leaders of freedom is a unique experience that I have had in my life. Let us also note that in front of freedom leader, SFL allowed me to realize my dream of a new Burundi in particular and a better world in general.

Linda Kavuka

Executive Board Member

Linda Kavuka

Executive Board Member

Bio: Linda Kavuka K. has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Post graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is soon to be admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Linda became interested in promoting the ideas of liberty in 2013, after being introduced to SFL and the Ideas of liberty by her friend Emeka Ezeugo, then a Charter Teams Member. She applied for the SFL Charter Teams program the same year and on completion, she was among the team of three who helped in growing the libertarian movement in Kenya. Linda sharpened her oratory and leadership skills by visiting Universities around Kenya to speak to students about the Ideas of liberty. She successfully formed pro-libertarian student groups in various campuses in Kenya and has assisted in identifying young pro-libertarian leaders in Eastern Africa.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: F.A Hayek and Frederic Bastiat

On Students For Liberty: "Joining SFL was one of the best decisions I made in my life. SFL is a one of a kind organization that transforms an ordinary student to a young advocate for liberty, a leader among peers and a professional! It is an honour to interact and work with SFL leaders who have now become my family!"

Martin van Staden

Executive Board Member

Martin van Staden

Executive Board Member

Martin van Staden is a student at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, pursuing a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree. He is also an avid Model United Nations debater, having won the Best Speaker in the Security Council Award at the 2015 SA Universities Conference. Martin joined African Students For Liberty in late 2014 as a Local Coordinator and was accepted onto the African Executive Board in August 2015. Reading Murray Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty in 2013 introduced Martin to the philosophy of freedom, and he has been a limited government libertarian ever since. As of late 2015, Martin has worked closely with the Free Market Foundation of South Africa, being involved in their Khaya Lam Land Reform and Rule of Law Projects as an intern.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Leon Louw, Murray Rothbard, Stefan Molyneux and Thomas Sowell.

Nicholas Woode-Smith

Executive Board Member

Nicholas Woode-Smith

Executive Board Member

Nicholas Woode-Smith is a student at the University of Cape Town with majors in Politics, Philosophy and Economic History. He is an avid Libertarian writer and activist. He became a Local Coordinator in 2015. In 2016, he became the Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa.

Nicholas co-founded the Rational Standard in 2016 to provide a libertarian alternative to the mainstream left-wing media in South Africa. He currently serves as a writer and director for the site. Nicholas also writes fiction and has finished two novels, Fall of Zona Nox and Cape Zero.

Olufemi Ogunjobi

African Chair

Olufemi Ogunjobi

African Chair

Oluwafemi Ogunjobi graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2014, and he is a committed advocate for liberty. He came across Students For Liberty in Lagos, Nigeria, through Alexander McCobin who gave him one of Tom Palmer’s books: ‘Politicians, Dependence, and The Bubble That Broke The World Economy’. There, he invited him to the 2013 West African Students For Liberty Regional Conference at the University of Ibadan.

Reading through the gift, Oluwafemi was moved by Palmer’s first introductory paragraph where he wrote: ‘‘Young people today are being robbed. Of their rights. Of their freedom. Of their futures. The culprits? My generation and our predecessors, who either created or failed to stop the world-straddling engine of theft, degradation, manipulation, and social control we call the welfare state.’’

This spurred his interest to study more, and join the network in promoting the ideas that lead to a freer society. Early 2014, he co-founded a chapter of African Liberty Students Organization (ALSO) alongside four colleagues on campus. He has helped in spreading the ideas of liberty through frequent articles in national dailies and international blogs, and also through discussion panels and book fairs.

A freelance journalist and Editor, he is Nigeria’s Correspondent to Commonwealth, where he shares ideas with young minds from across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.

Ogunjobi, a Young Voices Advocates, is also a Guest Contributor on World Review, a global media that provides analysis and insights on world affairs, written by leading global experts in politics, economics, defense & security and energy.

Favourite figures of liberty: Ayn Rand, Frederic Bastiat.

On Students For Liberty: ‘’Since I came in contact with SFL in July 2013, I have been able to understand the connection between free markets, liberty, and as well the creation of a character that makes a free society work’’

Stacey Nduta

Executive Board Member

Stacey Nduta

Executive Board Member

Stacey Nduta is a student of Maseno university in her final year studying BSc in Pharmaceutical Science. She was introduced to liberty by a former Local Coordinator, Njue Duncan in 2014. Her interest in liberty has allowed her to broaden her scope of study from health science to the importance of how people relate or understand and exercise their liberty. She has founded chapters not only in Maseno University but assisted set up in other varsities within the Western region of Kenya. She now coordinates activities of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Stephen Oyedemi

Executive Board member

Stephen Oyedemi

Executive Board member

Stephen Oyedemi is currently a student of Energy Technology & Management (MSc) at the University of Ibadan. He is inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, human dignity, market solutions, limited government and overall human advancement. After learning about libertarianism in December 2012 at a leadership retreat organized by Africanliberty.org, he spent the following year studying about Africa and Liberty and has been actively involved in growing the student libertarian movement in Nigeria. As an undergraduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, he was a youth delegate to the 19th and 20th Nigerian Economic Summits in 2013 and 2014 respectively where he advocated for market-based solutions to Nigeria’s economic challenges. He is a member of the Students & Young Professionals African Liberty Academy (SYPALA), an educational wing of the IMANI Center for Policy and Education based in Ghana. He is the current SFL Director of Activism for West Africa, and hopes to take up research and promotion of market-based solutions to Africa’s energy problems in the nearest future.

Favourite figures of liberty: Ayn Rand, Tony Elumelu, Frédéric Bastiat, and Anthony Fisher.