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Obama scheme beneficiaries unveiled in Abuja

06 May 2016, 19:41

Abuja - The United States Embassy has recognised 100 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The fellowship is the flagship programme of US President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of his commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

Speaking at a special gathering in Abuja, US Ambassador, James Entwistle, congratulated the new fellows on their competitive selection among 10 000 Nigerian applicants.

“Our goal was to select a diverse group, both geographically and socio-economically, representing all Nigeria has to offer,” said Entwistle.

Also read: More Nigerian youth benefit from Obama's scheme 

“You represent the best of Nigeria’s youth and the future of the country.

Your selection says a lot about who you are as young leaders and the level of impact you are having on your communities as entrepreneurs, civic leaders, public servants and champions of renewable energy,” he added.

Since 2014, 86 Nigerians have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Fellows participate in an intensive, six-week program on academic excellence and leadership focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, public management, and renewable energy at US colleges and universities.



- CAJ News


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