The 14th chapter of the ANLP 2016 is on. What strikes me at the first day is the number of participants that have gone through the ANLP since its inception. Over 350 participants have been through the ten day experience. The most transformational that anyone would ever go through, judging by what I have experienced over the last five days.

I look at the participation numbers by country and see that my country Kenya has had thirty nine participants go through the programme. I am shocked by this revelation. Out of the 39, I know of only one participant, whom I got to identify from the photographs on the ANLP website. So where are the rest 38 of the Kenyan Alumni? Why have I never heard about ANLP from them?

Am I living in my own cocoon or is there a missing link? I quickly look at the other country ratings, and do an impromptu survey among the 2016 participants. Sadly and yes only a handful of participants know or have heard of at least five of the previous participants from their countries. So my big question…..where are you the ANLP Alumni?

It is only day five of the programme and I can already feel the transformational impact of the training. The motto “lead from where you are “has now become an integral part of my vocabulary. I am however worried, are we just changing the participants without necessary having the change radiate to others in our specific countries and the African region as a whole? Are we spreading the word out there that the ANLP power house exists? After all, if more of us ‘lead from where we are; wouldn’t we have a greater chance for affecting change? I don’t know about you, but my experience has been that, we are sort of “mean” with information and probably want to be the only ones who experience the good around us. Are we afraid of others outshining us?

As an ANLP alumnus, isn’t my/your duty to spread the word about ANLP to others in the institutions/societies we live in, and encourage the growth of more leaders in the area of nutrition?  Isn’t our social responsibility to impart the skills gained at the ANLP to other nutritionists and networking far beyond the alumni network? Blow the trumpet out there and let others get to know of the existence of ANLP; encourage colleagues and acquaintances to apply to experience the magic of ANLP. As Alumni, our presence has to be felt beyond our workplaces. Let us complete our peers rather than compete with them.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together (African proverb)

It is not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

What are your thoughts on these Alumni?

I look forward to hearing from you. Share your comments with us.




0 #18 Zione K 2016-03-16 23:12
Thought provoking Esther. It reminds me of my own role as a part of the 300+ alumni.....its time to scatter that which we gathered. I renew my commitment to lead from where I stand.
0 #17 Martin Mwangi 2016-03-16 09:20
Esther, I echo your worries :sad: . I have asked these questions time and time again. I believe there are improvements we can make in the 'in-country' nutrition leadership frameworks. For example, tomorrow I will participate in the First European Nutrition Leadership Programme (Netherlands) Local circle. What they call local circle are in country NLPs. What we will experience tomorrow is Leadership Embodiment from a world renowned leadership trainer and couch. The interesting thing is, the speaker has agreed to give the training for free after being approached by the ENLP Dutch local circle. As such the training is open to "Anyone interested in nutrition leadership" thus all NLP alumni from Africa, Asia, Europe etc. but also people interested in NLP. We can do these kind of things in our countries. I am also aware that the Global Nutrition Leadership Programme is being formed. Are we still leading from where we stand? We need to join hands; work together, and walk furthest.
0 #16 Johann 2016-03-14 11:39
In addition to all that has been said I think we should also consider expanding the diversity in our own networks and maybe thwn we will also see where more people are leading from where they stand. All the best to all the 2016 participants - make the most of this extraordinary learning experience and change the world around you!
0 #15 Wanjiku 2016-03-14 11:36
Thank you Esther for this blog post.It is thought provoking. This is especially interesting to me as I am part of the Kenyan ANLP alumni. You ask pertinent questions as well as challenge all of us to spread the word. I remember on our closing day Jane mentioned something that I took with me-and I am paraphrasing "you come out of ANLP with a sort of high but the challenge is to maintain this drive when you go back to your everyday life duties".Could it be possible that this is exactly what happens?We go back and get caught up in the same cycle of events that make up our life? ANLP lessons becomes long forgotten? I think for me the bigger question is, do ANLP alumni really go back and lead from where they stand?Do we transform the nutrition landscape wherever we go? If we do this, we are already spreading the word about ANLP with our actions which is so much more meaningful than mere words.
0 #14 Naomi Saronga 2016-03-13 22:29
Thank you Esther for very touching message to Alumni. As participant of 2016 ANLP, I will find ANLP alumni of my country Tanzania, we have a lot to do dears. We all know our nutrition system has to be strengthened..who will do this if not us. We have gotten knowledge. We are the Nutrition leaders.. let us work together and help people. Together we can.
0 #13 Esther Nduku 2016-03-13 22:09
Thanks good people for the encouraging comments, am excited. Chero i will be coming for you soonest, we need to complete our peers. Anne shukhrani, together we can transform motherland. Lara Sweet watch out for this place, I really want to do this. Jane can you hold me accountable for this?
0 #12 Nonsi Mathe 2016-03-13 17:17
Thank you for this insightful commentary Esther. Indeed it is not always easy to identify fellow alumni in country and elsewhere. I think the steps of meeting a different conferences, and also wearing the ANLP badge is helpful. I think following this I will add ANLP Alumni to my signature. Thanks for this call to action
0 #11 Issakha 2016-03-13 17:00
Ester, I like this constructive “provocative” blog – indeed I feel guilty not having done too much yet on my side either to promote ANLP (all alumni are provide off) effectively. Of course, being a handful of Senegalese Alumni so far is not a good reason. ANLP network must be a permanent “alive” platform for alliance to foster, maintain and spread out transformative changes in Nutrition we are all accountable for!
0 #10 Sola Sotunde 2016-03-13 16:57
Thanks Esther for calling us out. When I heard about this blog post, I hoped it was you and am glad that I guessed right. Yes, some of us shout it out loud but we need to do more.
0 #9 Chantell 2016-03-13 15:21
People only do something if it is for interest, image or incentive. Where would ANLP fit for each of us. The age old question What's in it for me?

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