While calling on young Nigerian leaders to seize the present opportunity wirh both hands, the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria has declared the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship open.
The 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President of the United States, Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and also a major part of the US commitment to invest in the future of Africa. In 2016, 100 young Nigerians are said to have participated in the Fellowship.
In a statement, Nigerian youths are urged to take on this opportunity to enable them obtain a six-week training course at a top U.S. University in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship, launched in 2010 is part of President Barack Obama’s general effort to invest in the education and training of Africa’s next generation of leaders.
Eligible candidates should be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application and should have a demonstrated track record of leadership in a public, private, or civic organisation. They should also be committed to contributing their skills and talents in building and serving their communities.
Since its establishment, 186 young Nigerians are reported to have participated in the Fellowship, and more than 45,000 young professionals in Nigeria have joined the YALI network.
To apply for the programme, interested candidates are to visit http://www.yali.state.gov for further information. The application deadline is October 26, 2016. Applicants needing access to the Internet may visit the Information Resource Centre at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos or one of the 11 American Corners in Nigeria.