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Servant Leadership

LLN’s top priority is to foster leadership among women in Africa who are themselves capable of empowering others and inspiring new generations of leaders.


LLN promotes leadership that is based on honesty, transparency, and adherence to ethical principles. Women are chosen to participate in our programs based on evidence of leadership potential and the exhibition of strong moral character.


We train women who demonstrate the ability to identify social ills and who feel a deep sense of responsibility to work for positive social change. Compassion for others and the willingness to serve lies at the heart of our leadership model.


LLN training styles, technology, and outreach methods are adapted to suit the cultural realities of the areas in which we work, without compromising our message of women’s equality and empowerment.


The family is the building block of society, and we believe it should be a high priority in women’s leadership development. LLN initiatives encourage the stability and success of the family unit within the context of evolving gender dynamics.




Adinkra Symbols

Adinkra symbols are a fixture of Ghanaian culture that originated among the Asante people during the early 19th century. They represent the history, philosophy, and values of the Asante, and many incorporate maxims central to West African culture more generally. Adinkra symbols also depict historical events and reflect the evolution of West African society and beliefs. They continue to change and develop as new influences impact Ghana.

Each of our core values is paired with a parallel Adinkra symbol to help position our project within existing culture and tradition. By aligning our core values with values long established and accepted, we hope to articulate our belief that the changes we promote are not only compatible with existing West African values but are in fact born of them.


Nea Ope Se Obedi Hene - "He Who Wants to be King "

The symbol of service and leadership, Nea Ope Se Obedi Hene comes from the expression "Nea ope se obedi hene daakye no, firi ase sue som ansa," meaning "He who wants to be king in the future must first learn to serve."

Dwennimmen - "Ram's Horns"

The symbol of humility together with strength, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

Odo Nnyew Fie Kawn - "Love Never Loses its Way Home"

The symbol of the power of love.

Sankofa - "Return and Get It"

The symbol of the importance of remembering and learning from the past.

Eban - "Fence"

The symbol of love and security in the home.


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