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US Mandela Washington Fellowship selects 56 Nigerians for 2021 award

US Mandela Washington Fellowship selects 56 Nigerians for 2021 award

 

The United States Mission in Nigeria has announced 56 young Nigerians that have been selected for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The U.S. Mission Nigeria which made this known in a statement on Tuesday stated that they were listed after completing the virtual institute for the fellowship.

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

The U.S. Department of State said it planned a virtual Fellowship for the 2021 event due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety, and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority.

According to the statement, 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 US Mission Nigeria disclosed 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,” the Mission stated.

Below are the name of the Nigerian recipients of the Fellowship

  First Name Last Name Track Institute
Abayomi Adeosun Leadership in Public Management Texas Tech University
Abdullahi Abdul-Fatah Leadership in Civic Engagement Indiana University – Bloomington
Abdulrasaq Ogunyale Leadership in Civic Engagement Drexel University
Abdulsalam Aderibigbe Leadership in Business University of Notre Dame
Abiodun Essiet Leadership in Public Management Arizona State University
Abraham Akpan Leadership in Public Management Syracuse University
Adaora Oji Leadership in Public Management Bridgewater State University
Adeniyi Ajayi Leadership in Public Management Arizona State University
Agom Ibrahim Leadership in Public Management Wayne State University
Amarachi Kalu Igwe Leadership in Civic Engagement University of Georgia
Amina Abubakar Leadership in Civic Engagement Appalachian State University
Ayotunde Fasanya Leadership in Public Management Arizona State University
Ayowole Delegan Leadership in Business Lehigh University
Chekwube Iheanacho Leadership in Civic Engagement University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Chima Amadi Leadership in Business Clark Atlanta University
Chisom Nwankwo Leadership in Public Management Bridgewater State University
Courage Agbonlahor Leadership in Business Purdue University
Dielamo Oyeghe Leadership in Business Northwestern University
Ebenezar Wikina Leadership in Public Management Wayne State University
Ebere Odika Leadership in Civic Engagement The Presidential Precinct
Egwolome Itimi Leadership in Business Lehigh University
Enibokun Orobator Leadership in Public Management University of California – Davis
Farida Habu Leadership in Business University of Notre Dame
Fatima Musa Leadership in Civic Engagement Rutgers University
Hassana Al-Mustapha Leadership in Public Management Syracuse University
Hauwa Ojeifo Leadership in Civic Engagement University of Georgia
Hellen Beyioku-Alase Leadership in Civic Engagement Drexel University
Hilary Okoeguale Leadership in Civic Engagement Kansas State University
Ifeanyi Chikeluba Leadership in Business Clark Atlanta University
Ifedayo Adegbenro Leadership in Business University of Texas at Austin
Isaac Olufadewa Leadership in Public Management University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Joshua Idiong Leadership in Business Purdue University
Kehinde Tokode Leadership in Business University of Nevada-Reno
Moshood Ogunwoye Leadership in Public Management University of California – Davis
Muhammad Umara Leadership in Civic Engagement Rutgers University
Nkechinyere Uguru Leadership in Civic Engagement Indiana University – Bloomington
Obinna Eze Leadership in Civic Engagement Appalachian State University
Ojooluwa Ibiloye Leadership in Public Management Georgia State University
Oluwatosin Akande Leadership in Public Management Georgia State University
Oluwatosin Olaseinde Leadership in Business Drake University
Oluwatoyin Ajilore Leadership in Civic Engagement University of Delaware
Omobolanle Banwo Leadership in Public Management University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Onor-Obassi Tawo Leadership in Public Management University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Racheal Inegbedion Leadership in Civic Engagement The Presidential Precinct
Saida Mansur Leadership in Public Management Syracuse University
Samuel Tertese Ivande Leadership in Civic Engagement Appalachian State University
Sandra Ajaja Leadership in Business Northwestern University
Shadrach Nzomisaki Leadership in Civic Engagement University of Georgia
Titilayo Ogunbambi Leadership in Civic Engagement Rutgers University
Ukachi Chukwu Leadership in Civic Engagement University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Veronica Agana Leadership in Business Drake University
Victor Amusa Leadership in Business Rutgers University
Victoria Amasi-Gomba Leadership in Civic Engagement The Presidential Precinct
Victoria Adepoju Leadership in Civic Engagement Drexel University
Wadi Ben-Hirki Leadership in Business University of Texas at Austin
Zara Kareto Leadership in Public Management Texas Tech University
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