My expectation when I left for South Africa in March to attend the 14th African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) was to learn about leadership in a formal way, thus I expected formal presentations and classroom sessions. However, I was taken by surprise with alternative methods of learning that challenged me to leave my comfort zone. These included intense team building exercises, climbing the high ropes and, working with and getting feedback from fellow participants. All of which contributed to what I believe to the 2016 ANLP as having achieved a breakthrough for my development as an African leader and nutrition champion. My biggest realization was that I have to leave my comfort zone in the quest to be the leader that I aspire to be. But leaving my comfort zone is something I struggled with. But thanks to ANLP, which made it very clear through its lessons and teaching methodologies, I have accepted that leaving my comfort zone is an essential element in self-discovery and harnessing my potential as a leader, who can and will make a difference to nutrition on the African continent.