President Obama, while
addressing 500 extraordinary Young African Leaders in Washington DC, USA,
announced a change in Washington Fellowship to Mandela Fellowship for Young
African Leaders, on 28th of July, 2014. This gesture by Mr.
President was done in honour of Nelson Mandela. He also promised to double the
number of annual participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship to 1000 by
the summer of 2016. He has fulfilled his promise by inviting 1000 Young African Leader to apply for 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship
Security and Justice that we seek in the World today cannot be achieved without
a strong and prosperous reliance in Africa” Obama Confessed.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the
flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and
embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.
The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in mid-June for
six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills
building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. Through
this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections
they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more
robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth,
and enhancing peace and security in Africa. This initiative also provides young African leaders an opportunity to network online.
YALI Network, an online
community (on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus) across Africa was also
created for sharing ideas and forging new collaborations among African leaders
to realize the change that they seek.
“The spirit of this
YALI reflects Mandiba’s Optimism, Idealism and he’s belief in what he called
Endless Heroism of Youth” Obama declared.
of joining YALI Network
1. It affords ones the
opportunity of receiving important updates.
2. It is a platform for
3. It provides a
platform for networking with exceptional leaders
4. Opportunity to meet
with expert on how to launch start ups
4. Opportunity to take Massive
open online courses (MOOCS) with Certification. (Business and Entrepreneurship;
Civic Leadership; Public Management)
4. Opportunity to
Attend Annual Mandela Fellowship for Young African Leaders (All expense paid
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is
open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
Kindly apply HERE
- Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the
time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25
will be considered.
- Are not U.S. citizens or permanent
residents of the U.S.
- Are eligible to receive a United States
- Are proficient in reading, writing, and
- Are citizens and residents of one of the
following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon,
Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya,
Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique,
Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles,
Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania,
Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Register HERE to
connect with extraordinary leaders
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