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U.S Embassy in Nigeria Picks 40 Nigerians to Participate in 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship




The United States Embassy has selected 40 Nigerians to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for Young African Leaders.

According to Premium Times, the 40 Nigerian fellows were selected from over 7,000 Nigerian applicants and tens of thousands of others throughout Africa.

The report states that:

The program is an integral part of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa. The White House created this initiative in recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans play in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security.

During the 2014 edition of the program, the fellows engage in an intensive, six-week fellowship at 20 top U.S. universities. They also had the opportunity to participate in a presidential summit, hosted by President Obama in Washington, D.C.

Some fellows also completed internships with prestigious U.S. organisations like the Smithsonian Institution, the Brookings Institution, and Deloitte Consulting.

Congratulations to the fellows! Here is a full list of the 40 Nigerians chosen ( They are listed thus: 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

Photo Credit: Premium Times


  1. Naijababeii

    May 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    so dat whitish person na OBAMA abi, so na by force say una go use him poster snap odikwa egwu

  2. @edDREAMZ

    May 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    See blessing frm above abeg… This guys wan enter my dream country…..

  3. Ba

    May 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    What a huge opportunity, Congrat to them. Hope they become great leaders and infleuncers in all sectors of our economy. Even some of us that don’t have the opportunity are always ready take up the challenge.

    Besides, a viral petition is on-going for the withdrawal of the honorary award given to the outgoing finance minister Ngozi. I don’t think she merit it, as i already state it with a feeling that such award is truly undeserve as the petitioner stated.
    This is a lesson for me as always, i would rather strive for good name.

  4. Chukwuma

    May 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I represent Naija!

    Make una go well and good luck!

  5. Tosin

    May 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve met two of the forty. Dey sure: cool peeps and enterprising.

  6. Vee

    May 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Wow… Ikuba congrats!!!! just had to comment on seeing your name here…#reppingUJAY #Greatchemist.

  7. Miss Mimi

    May 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Yayyyyyyy for Nkem!!!! Congrats to the rest of you too 🙂

  8. Ruby

    May 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations to them.

    I am still trying to understand that backdrop though…

  9. Damilola

    May 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Congratulations, to all of them.

  10. AnuOluwapo Adelakun

    May 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    A big congrats to my friend Mayowa Salu and indeed the entire group. All the best!

  11. Okpeters

    October 9, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Wow! This is very good. CONGRATULATIONs to them all and to Nigeria/Nigerians’ also

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