Abuja - The United States Embassy has recognised
100 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington
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.
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“You represent the best of Nigeria’s youth and the future of
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
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