100 Young Nigerians To Be Unveiled As New Mandela Washington Fellows


The United States mission to Nigeria will introduce 100 young Nigerian leaders recently selected, to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program for Young African Leaders, on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at U.S. Embassy, Abuja.

U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle will deliver keynote remarks during a special reception in the newest fellows’ honor.

The US Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in September 2015 had said that 100 young Nigerian leaders would be trained at the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship in various American universities.

This is contained in a statement by the Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Abuja.

The statement explained that the Mandela Washington Fellowship was the flagship programme of President Barak Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which was a key part of US commitment to investing in the future of Africa.

revealing that 86 young Nigerians had participated in the fellowship since its inception in 2014, adding that more than 26,000 young professionals in Nigeria have joined the YALI network.

According to the statement, the 2016 Fellowship will train 1,000 young African leaders across three tracks, which include business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.

stressing that the programme would be a six-weeks, in-depth academic and leadership training at 20 top American universities.

“Afterwards, the fellows will converge in Washington, D.C., for a Presidential summit, featuring a town hall with Obama,” the statement read.

It stated also that eligible candidates would be between the ages of 25 and 35, adding that the candidate should have a demonstrated track record of leadership in a public, private, or civic organization, the candidates should have a commitment to contributing their skills and talents to build and serve their communities.

SOURCE: United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria


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