The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is to send 60 young Nigerians to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship programme for six weeks from June 18 to August 2.
The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said, the participants would join other African fellows in the U.S. for the programme. ”The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Total of five out of the 60 fellows will remain in the U.S. for an additional six weeks to participate in a professional development experience at select companies and organisations,” the embassy stated.
According to the embassy, through this initiative, 28 U.S. universities will host 700 young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa. The young leaders would be in various U.S. institutes focused on public management, business and entrepreneurship, and civic leadership.
It stated that Nigeria’s fellows represent the largest cohort from any one country. And as part of the orientation, the U.S. Embassy invited three leading Nigerian professionals to participate in a mentoring workshop
The U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Mr Aruna Amirthanayagam stated that more than 11,000 Nigerians applied to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship programme. “After the review by our partner NGO, after a reading by members of the Mission Nigeria community, after an interview in either Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Akure, Enugu, Port Harcourt, and Calabar, a total of 60 young Nigerians were selected”, he said.
Amirthanayagam further explained that, Nigeria had the largest single cohort from any country in Africa.
The Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, David Young, as urging the fellows to be generous with the unique opportunity they had been given.