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56 Nigerians selected for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship (See list below)

The U.S. Mission Nigeria has announced the names of the 56 young Nigerians who completed the virtual institute for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship. 

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa. 

According to a statement from the U.S. Mission, Abuja, “due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety, and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority, the U.S. Department of State planned a virtual Fellowship for 2021. 

“While remaining in their home countries, the Fellows participated in virtual Leadership Institutes between June 21 and July 30, which included leadership training, mentoring, and professional development. “

In his remarks at the pre-fellowship orientation, Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam, said “The Mandela Washington fellowship continues to be an effective tool of leadership and transformation in Nigeria.  Through the platform provided by fellowship, young Nigerians have been able to successfully advocate for the enactment of the disability rights law, campaign for peaceful and credible elections (#NaijaVotes) and create employment in various communities.”

The U.S> Embassy statement added that “since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Fellows who successfully completed the Leadership Institute will participate in a virtual Summit. 

“Additionally, up to 100 competitively selected Fellows will virtually engage in professional development with U.S. organizations in the public, private, or non-profit sector.  Fellows can participate in Alumni Programming after their Fellowships to further build their professional skills and networks.

“U.S. Mission Nigeria is proud to announce that the following Nigerians participated in the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship:

AbayomiAdeosunLeadership in Public ManagementTexas Tech University
 AbdullahiAbdul-FatahLeadership in Civic EngagementIndiana University – Bloomington
 AbdulrasaqOgunyaleLeadership in Civic EngagementDrexel University
 AbdulsalamAderibigbeLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Notre Dame
 AbiodunEssietLeadership in Public ManagementArizona State University
 AbrahamAkpanLeadership in Public ManagementSyracuse University
 AdaoraOjiLeadership in Public ManagementBridgewater State University
 AdeniyiAjayiLeadership in Public ManagementArizona State University
 AgomIbrahimLeadership in Public ManagementWayne State University
 AmarachiKalu IgweLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Georgia
 AminaAbubakarLeadership in Civic EngagementAppalachian State University
 AyotundeFasanyaLeadership in Public ManagementArizona State University
 AyowoleDeleganLeadership in BusinessLehigh University
 ChekwubeIheanachoLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Nebraska – Lincoln
 ChimaAmadiLeadership in BusinessClark Atlanta University
 ChisomNwankwoLeadership in Public ManagementBridgewater State University
 CourageAgbonlahorLeadership in BusinessPurdue University
 DielamoOyegheLeadership in BusinessNorthwestern University
 EbenezarWikinaLeadership in Public ManagementWayne State University
 EbereOdikaLeadership in Civic EngagementThe Presidential Precinct
 EgwolomeItimiLeadership in BusinessLehigh University
 EnibokunOrobatorLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of California – Davis
 FaridaHabuLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Notre Dame
 FatimaMusaLeadership in Civic EngagementRutgers University
 HassanaAl-MustaphaLeadership in Public ManagementSyracuse University
 HauwaOjeifoLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Georgia
 HellenBeyioku-AlaseLeadership in Civic EngagementDrexel University
 HilaryOkoegualeLeadership in Civic EngagementKansas State University
 IfeanyiChikelubaLeadership in BusinessClark Atlanta University
 IfedayoAdegbenroLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Texas at Austin
 IsaacOlufadewaLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities
 JoshuaIdiongLeadership in BusinessPurdue University
 KehindeTokodeLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Nevada-Reno
 MoshoodOgunwoyeLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of California – Davis
 MuhammadUmaraLeadership in Civic EngagementRutgers University
 NkechinyereUguruLeadership in Civic EngagementIndiana University – Bloomington
 ObinnaEzeLeadership in Civic EngagementAppalachian State University
 OjooluwaIbiloyeLeadership in Public ManagementGeorgia State University
 OluwatosinAkandeLeadership in Public ManagementGeorgia State University
 OluwatosinOlaseindeLeadership in BusinessDrake University
 OluwatoyinAjiloreLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Delaware
 OmobolanleBanwoLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities
 Onor-ObassiTawoLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities
 RachealInegbedionLeadership in Civic EngagementThe Presidential Precinct
 SaidaMansurLeadership in Public ManagementSyracuse University
 Samuel TerteseIvandeLeadership in Civic EngagementAppalachian State University
 SandraAjajaLeadership in BusinessNorthwestern University
 ShadrachNzomisakiLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Georgia
 TitilayoOgunbambiLeadership in Civic EngagementRutgers University
 UkachiChukwuLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Nebraska – Lincoln
 VeronicaAganaLeadership in BusinessDrake University
 VictorAmusaLeadership in BusinessRutgers University
 VictoriaAmasi-GombaLeadership in Civic EngagementThe Presidential Precinct
 VictoriaAdepojuLeadership in Civic EngagementDrexel University
 WadiBen-HirkiLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Texas at Austin
 ZaraKaretoLeadership in Public ManagementTexas Tech University
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