10 young leaders from Imo State selected to participate in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship in USA


10 young leaders from Imo State selected to participate in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship in USA

Ten outstanding young individuals from Imo state have been selected to participate in the Nelson Mandela Washington fellowship in the United States of America. Their selection came after a very competitive process which involved reviewing over 64,000 applications from across Africa with 22,000 applications coming from Nigeria.

The young men and women are part of an overall 101 young leaders from across Nigeria selected by the US Mission to Nigeria to be part of the 2017 cohort of the fellowship. A total of 1000 young leaders from across Sub-Sahara Africa were selected to be part of the program.

The fellowship is the flagship program of The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was launched in 2010 to recognize and support the critical and increasing role of African youth in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

The Fellowship, which began in 2014, empowers young Africans through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  The Fellowship includes Academic and Leadership Institutes at a U.S. university or college, a Summit, an optional U.S.-based Professional Development Experience, and Africa based support following the conclusion of the Institutes. For more information, visit yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship

As part of their pre-departure orientation in Abuja, the US Embassy Nigeria invited four leading Nigerian professionals to participate in a mentoring class where they shared their experiences working as public office leaders and leading entrepreneurs. They also shared practical steps to maximize the fellowship opportunity. The mentors were Mr. Frank Nweke, Global Falcons; Mr. Tonye Cole, Sahara Energy; Mrs. Toyin Saraki, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa; and Mr. Eyo Bassey, Payporte Global Systems. Each shared unique perspectives on leadership and opportunity.

The highlight of the orientation was a welcome party organised by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington in his Abuja residence.

One of the Imo state fellows, Chioma Ukonu is currently representing Nigeria in a Global social enterprise contest organised by Chivas Ventures.

The competition is currently in the voting stage. Follow this link to vote her company, RecyclePoints. https://goo.gl/k1jTmH



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