Sylvester is the Founder and President of Develop Africa.  Develop Africa is a 501c3, nonprofit organization, registered in the USA and headquartered in Tennessee. 

Quick Facts About Develop Africa

  • Focuses on impacting lives through holistic development in Africa. 
  • Is actively working to "facilitate meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building, empowerment and transformational education" 
  • Is involved in a range of programs in Africa supporting education, microfinance and small businesses, job skills / leadership development training etc.

Vision:  Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation building capacity in Africa. 

We envision an African continent fully developed in terms of its human and resource capacity, free from poverty, ignorance, and civil conflict and where the poorest and most vulnerable people become “leaders” and effectively manage themselves and their national resources.


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Develop Africa targets both immediate, short-term needs and long term situations (the root cause) with a holistic approach.  The meeting of short term needs, on one hand, is often necessary in terms of ensuring survival.  Long term needs, on the other hand, must be addressed to ensure empowerment.  Both are essential and vitally needed.  Keeping both sides of the coin in mind, we focus on helping beneficiaries transition from poverty and powerlessness to self-sufficiency and empowerment.  We see the assistance that we provide as stepping stones that will revolutionize their lives.  

Through training, scholarship, investment and partnerships Develop Africa is helping to develop Africa’s people through the promotion of transformational education, resource development, investment training and strategic empowerment. Our premise is based on the notion that in order to change one’s personal, national or organizational status there must necessarily be a “change in the thinking and processing pattern of the mind.” 

Develop Africa currently has projects in and is working with organizations in several countries in Africa including Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia and Cameroun.

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Examples of specific activity:

We provide -

  • Vocational / job skills training
  • microfinance / micro-lending, start up tool kits (such as sewing machines) and small business development training
  • scholarships, books, school and teaching supplies
  • basic computer training and computers
  • mosquito nets, school uniforms etc.