Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


US concerned over Obama leadership scheme

28 December 2015, 18:03

Lagos - The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has warned local youths to be wary of fraudsters duping them of their money under the guise of registering them for its courses.

Macon Phillips, Co-ordinator of International Information Programmes at the United States Department of State, said recently, there had been attempts to charge fees for #YALILearns events and the YALI Network Online Courses.

“It is important that Network members know that the courses are and will remain free online at yali.state.gov/courses. Aside from accessing the Internet, Network members should never pay a fee to take one of the YALI Network Online Courses,” said Phillips.

Phillips meanwhile said the YALI brand should never be used to advocate for or against any personal, professional, or public interests.

No one has the right to make every Network member responsible for their statements or actions without their permission. Doing so could cause real harm in ways no one could know,” he said.

“I have been and will continue to be a strong voice in support of this Network long after I have left the State Department. But ultimately it is you and the Network who will guarantee its integrity and success.”

The YALI Network includes over 200 000 young Africans leaders.

YALI is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

United States President Barack Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

Philips said the YALI Network had seen phenomenal growth and activity over the past two years but that success had exposed the programme to fraudulent schemes

Since 2010, the US Department of State has held 15 exchange programs specifically for young African leaders and sponsored more than 1 600 sub-Saharan students and scholars through its educational and cultural affairs programmes.

US Embassies have awarded 80 small grants totalling $1.25 million to YALI alumni groups supporting youth development in Africa.

- CAJ News

Tags us education

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...