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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Press Release: 40 young Nigerians to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

NUJEurope has received a Press Release issued by the Ambassador and the Consular General of the United States Embassy in Nigeria stating the successful candidates who are accorded fellowship to participate in the first Mandela Washington Fellow program initiated by President Barack Obama.
Below is the full statement.

  U.S. Ambassador Congratulates Newest Mandela Washington Fellows (May 19, 2015)

Abuja | May 19, 2015.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General today recognized 40 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House developed this initiative in recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans are playing in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.  

Speaking at a special gathering in Abuja and via satellite in Lagos, U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle congratulated the new fellows on their competitive selection amongst 7,000 Nigerian applicants and tens of thousands of others throughout Africa.  

“You all should be proud of your accomplishment.  Your selection says a lot about who you are as young leaders and the level of impact you are having on your communities as entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and public servants,” said Ambassador Entwistle.  He added, “You will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of bright and inspiring minds, just like yourselves, from other parts of Africa.  Take advantage of the opportunity to learn, to share, and to expand your network.” 

In 2014, 44 Nigerian fellows comprised part of the inaugural class of Mandela Washington Fellows.  Fellows participate in an intensive, six-week program on academic excellence and leadership focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management at U.S. colleges and universities. 

Below is a list of the 2015 fellows, including their disciplines and hosting institutions: 

 

NAME

DISCIPLINE

UNIVERSITY

1

Alueshima Utasha

Public Management

Florida International University

2

Lukmon Buliameen

Business and Entrepreneurship

University of Wisconsin-Stout

3

Ikuba Ona

Civic Leadership

Arizona State University

4

Oluwaseyi Dara

Business and Entrepreneurship

University of Wisconsin-Stout

5

Catherine Edeh

Public Management

University of Minnesota

6

Ibrahim Balami

Business and Entrepreneurship

Clark Atlanta University

7

Nkemdilim Azinge

Civic Leadership

Rutgers University

8

Amina Alkali

Civic Leadership

University of Delaware

9

Grace Jerry

Civic Leadership

University of Virginia

10

Fatu Ogwuche

Public Management

Howard University

11

Rilwan Hassan

Business and Entrepreneurship

Northwestern University

12

Benjamin Dankaka

Public Management

Virginia Commonwealth University

13

Muhammad Saleh

Civic Leadership

Tulane University

14

Rukayya Sani

Civic Leadership

Wagner College

15

Haruna Ndahi

Business and Entrepreneurship

University of Nevada, Reno

16

Bobwealth Omontese

Public Management

Syracuse University

17

Chinomnso Ibe

Civic Leadership

Wagner College

18

Abiola Odunaiya

Civic Leadership

University of California Berkeley

19

Chioma Achi

Civic Leadership

University of California Berkeley

20

Jamila Mohammed

Public Management

Syracuse University

21

Mlumum Ikpaahindi

Public Management

University of Minnesota

22

Cynthia Chiamaka Ndubuisi

Business and Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

23

Abosede Oluwaseun Lewu

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Notre Dame

 

24

Oluwafunmilayo Adebimpe Ilori

Business & Entrepreneurship

Clark Atlanta University

25

Adekunbi Gbemisola Adeoye

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Texas at Austin

 

26

Damilola Opeyemi Sobowale

Business & Entrepreneurship

Clark Atlanta University

 

27

Anuoluwapo Oluyomi Akinola

Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

 

28

Chioma Ilobekeme Agha

Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

 

29

Ejiro Sharon Okotie

Civic Leadership

Arizona State University

30

Oluwafunmilola Wonsebolatan James

Civic Leadership

 

Tulane University

 

31

Glory Chinenye Oguegbu

Civic Leadership

 

University of Delaware

 

32

Ayoola Philip Adeniyi

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Nevada-Reno

 

33

Oladipo  Adesida

Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Nevada-Reno

 

34

Omotola Samuel Oni

Business & Entrepreneurship

Northwestern University

 

35

Oluwatimilehin Paul Olagunju

Civic Leadership

 

University of Virginia/College of William & Mary/Presidential Precinct

36

Olakunle Olusola Ajayi

Civic Leadership

Rutgers University

 

37

Olusola Samuel Owonikoko

Civic Leadership

Wagner College

 

38

Williams Kwame Rashidi

Civic Leadership

University of California, Berkeley

39

Olakunle Joel Adewale

Civic Leadership

Tulane University

 

40

Oluwamayowa Adepeju Salu

Civic Leadership

 

Arizona State University

 

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