56 Nigerian Youths for Mandela programme in Washington

By Punchng.com (Adelani Adepegba)

Fifty-six Nigerian youths will participate in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship programme from June 17 to August 1, the United States Mission to Nigeria has said.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative involving academic coursework, leadership training and networking.

A statement by the United States Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday said five out of the 56 fellows would remain in the US for additional six weeks to participate in a professional development experience at select companies and organisations.

The embassy also said three Nigerian professionals had been invited to mentor the Fellows. They are the Senior Special Advisor to the President on Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, Daniel Ikuenobe; 2016 alumnus and founder of Girl Child Africa, Bukola Shonibare, and Segun Odunaiya, 2014 MWF alumnus and founder of Havenhill Synergy Limited.

The embassy’s Counsellor for Public Affairs, Mr Aruna Amirthanayagam, said more than 11,000 Nigerians applied for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship programme.