About 100 young Nigerians have been selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.
The participants from Nigerian include Ati Kenneth Kengkeng, winner of Heir Apparent in 2010. Kenneth who hails from Benue State has since then been involved in youth development through activism, volunteering and agro-allied mentorship.
Also from Benue amongst those selected is Cosmos Anweh, another brilliant young entrepreneur.
Others include former beauty queen/MBGN 2000 Dr. Matilda Kerry who has worked consistently to improve the lives of underprivileged children via the George Kerry Life Foundation; Adebola Williams, co-founder of Red Media who has set an indelible standard in the world of media and PR via the Future Awards, YNaija and more; Otto Orondaam whofounded Slum2School which is now one of the largest volunteer driven non-profits in Nigeria.
This year, the Fellowship had over 10,000 applications from Nigeria. About 600 were shortlisted for interview after which 100 were chosen. They will be joined by 900 others from the rest of Africa to 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 colleges and universities in the United States of America. They will also, as part of their schedule, meet President Obama at a three day summit at Washington DC.