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Ambassador Entwistle and the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows gather for a group photo on the lawn of the U.S. Embassy.

Ambassador Entwistle and the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows gather for a group photo on the lawn of the U.S. Embassy.

Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy recognized 100 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’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, U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle congratulated the new fellows on their competitive selection amongst 10,000 Nigerian applicants and tens of thousands of others throughout Africa.

Ambassador Entwistle congratulates the Nigerian cohort of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Ambassador Entwistle congratulates the Nigerian cohort of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

“Our goal was to select a diverse group, both geographically and socio-economically, representing all Nigeria has to offer,” said Ambassador Entwistle. “You represent the best of Nigeria’s youth and the future of the country. 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, public servants, and champions of renewable energy,” he added.

On the list were over 90 outstanding young Nigerians including former beauty queen/MBGN 2000 Dr. Matilda Kerry, she has worked consistently to improve the lives of underprivileged children via the George Kerry Life Foundation; Adebola Williams, co-founder of Red Media who has set an indelible standard in the world of media and PR via the Future Awards, YNaija and more; Otto Orondaam who founded Slum2School which is now one of the largest volunteer driven non-profits in Nigeria.

Congrats to everyone selected!

Since 2014, 86 Nigerians have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows participate in an intensive, six-week program on academic excellence and leadership focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, public management, and renewable energy at U.S. colleges and universities.

 

S/N First Name Last Name State Of Origin Track Fellowship Institution
Adams Adeiza Kogi Business & Entrepreneurship Northwestern University
Adamu Ishiyaku Gombe Civic Leadership Indiana University Bloomington
Adaora Uche-Ugwonna Enugu State Business & Entrepreneurship University of Iowa
Adebola Williams Lagos Business & Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University
Adebukola Shonibare Osun Civic Leadership Presidential Precinct
Adedayo Adeniyi Osun Civic Leadership Kansas State University
Adeniyi Adedokun Oyo State Public Management Bridgewater State University
Ahmed Ogunlaja Ogun Civic Leadership University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andidiong Okon Akwa Ibom Business & Entrepreneurship Virginia Commonwealth University
Anita Tele-Oduloye Delta Business & Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University
Anthonia Abayomi-Ojo Osun Civic Leadership Duquesne University
Apolmida Tsammani Bauchi Public Management University of Wisconsin-Madison
Arinze Ekwem Anambra Business & Entrepreneurship Rutgers University
Ayodele Odeogbola Ogun State Public Management Bridgewater State University
Babafemi Adebola Ekiti Public Management University of Wisconsin-Madison
Balarabe Ismail Kano Public Management Ohio State University
Ballason Gloria Kaduna Business & Entrepreneurship Bridgewater State University
Charity Isa Borno State Civic Leadership Purdue University
Charity Isa Borno State Public Management Purdue University
Chidinma Mbanasor Abia Civic Leadership Wagner College
Chinelo Uchendu Anambra Civic Leadership University of California, Berkeley
Chinenye Ezeakor Enugu Civic Leadership Arizona State University
Chukwudi Anyanaso Imo State Public Management Appalachian State University
Chukwuemeka Ubaka Imo Public Management Ohio State University
Cosmos Anweh Benue Business & Entrepreneurship Ohio State University
Danladi Saleh Idrisa Borno Public Management Virginia Commonwealth University
Dauda Sanusi Ogun Civic Leadership Purdue University
Ebunoluwa Farinde Lagos Business & Entrepreneurship Dartmouth College
Edemawan Ossai Cross River Civic Leadership Arizona State University
Egbuna Obianuju   Maureen Anambra Public Management Cambridge College
Ehigie Imarhiagbe Edo State Public Management Ohio State University
Emana Imona Cross River Business & Entrepreneurship University of Maine
Emeka Ossai Delta Business & Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Austin
Emmanuel Obioha Imo Civic Leadership Drake University In Des Moines, Iowa
Ese Ovabor Edo Energy Duquesne University
Fadekunayo Adeniyi Lagos Public Management University of California, Davis
Fatima Mohammed Yobe Energy University of Illinois
Fatima Oyiza Ademoh Kogi Public Management University of California, Davis
Feyisara Ogunranti Oyo State Public Management University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Folahanmi Aina Oyo Business & Entrepreneurship Syracuse University
Gbenga Oni Ekiti Public Management Lincoln University (Missouri )
Grace Ihejiamaizu Abia Civic Leadership Kansas State University
Hadiza Kasimu Plateau Civic Leadership Presidential Precinct
Hauwa Liman Katsina Business & Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Austin
Hussaini Saraki Bauchi Civic Leadership University of Delaware
Ibrahim Sawab Borno Civic Leadership Wagner College
Ibrahim Audu Salisu Yobe Business & Entrepreneurship Duquesne University
Ifeoluwa Oluwole Ondo State Business & Entrepreneurship Dartmouth College
Immanuel Charles Akhimien Edo Civic Leadership University of Notre Dame
Ishaku Haruna Gombe State Civic Leadership Kansas State University
Jamila Bashir Kano Civic Leadership Virginia Tech
Jocelyne Agbo Enugu State Business & Entrepreneurship University of Wisconsin-Stout
John Paul Usman Kogi Civic Leadership Virginia Tech
Jude Onwujei Delta State Civic Leadership Howard University
Juliana Owolabi Osun State Business & Entrepreneurship Indiana University Bloomington
Kenneth Ati Benue Business & Entrepreneurship Appalachian State University
Kyela Gadi Kaduna Civic Leadership University of Maine
Lukman Lawal Zamfara Public Management University of Iowa
Maalum Nadine North West Province Business & Entrepreneurship University of Notre Dame
Matilda Kerry Delta State Business & Entrepreneurship Georgia State University
Miriam Odabe Ebonyi Public Management University of Texas at Austin
Mohammed Kabir Ibrahim Adamawa Business & Entrepreneurship University of Minnesota
Mojisola Ojebode Osun Public Management University of Wisconsin
Mubarak Tiamiyu Oyo Business & Entrepreneurship Arizona State University
Muhammad Abdullahi Bauchi Business & Entrepreneurship Rutgers University
Muhibbat Abdullahi Bauchi Business & Entrepreneurship Purdue University
Nana Samuel Borno State Business & Entrepreneurship Lincoln University (Missouri )
Nari Welye Adamawa Public Management Syracuse University
Nkechi Okwuone Delta State Public Management Arizona State University
Nneoma Albert-Benson Imo State Business & Entrepreneurship Arizona State University
Obiefule Iroabueke Abia State Public Management Georgia State University
Obinna Ebirim Imo Civic Leadership University of Wisconsin-Madison
Olajide Kabir Oluwatosin Kwara Business & Entrepreneurship University of Nevada, Reno
Olakunle Owoeye Ekiti Public Management University of California, Davis
Olanrewaju Suleiman Kwara State Public Management Drake University
Olorunfunmi Adebajo Ogun Energy Rutgers University
Olufunto Opeoluwa T Akinterinwa Ondo State Business & Entrepreneurship Howard University
Olumide Mukaila Lawal Lagos Civic Leadership Virginia Commonwealth University
Oluwabusola Majekodunmi Lagos Public Management University of Minnesota
Oluwaseun Olaseinde Ondo State Public Management University of Maine
Oluwaseun Sangoleye Oyo Public Management Clark Atlanta University
Oluwatobi Popoola Oyo Business & Entrepreneurship Howard University
Oluwatobiloba Ajayi Osun Public Management Presidential Precinct
Omolara Rasheed Ogun Public Management Cambridge College
Orondaam Otto Rivers State Civic Leadership Portland State University
Sylvester Sede Bayelsa Business & Entrepreneurship Indiana University Bloomington
Temitope Oluwaseun Okupe Ogun-State Civic Leadership University Of California, Berkeley
Tessie-Nkechi Udegboka Anambra Civic Leadership Northwestern University
Thaddeus Akpa Kogi Civic Leadership University of Minnesota
Theophilus Odaudu Kogi Public Management Syracuse University
Titilope Babafunso Osun Public Management Georgia State University
Tochukwu Ikpegbu Abia Business & Entrepreneurship University of Iowa
Tolulope Sangosanya Ogun State Civic Leadership Portland State University
Toochukwu Emerem Imo Business & Entrepreneurship Virginia Commonwealth University
Tukur Garba Gada Sokoto Public Management University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Uchenna Igbokwe Anambra Public Management Florida International University
Vanessa Willie Edo State Business & Entrepreneurship University of Illinois
Veronica Bakam Kaduna Civic Leadership Clark Atlanta University
Vweta Chadwick Delta Business & Entrepreneurship University of Delaware
Wasiu Peter Oladipupo Ogun State Business & Entrepreneurship Purdue University


Photo Credit
: Olaoluwa Aworinde/U.S. Embassy)

11 Comments

  1. Oloye

    May 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Great news!

    Asides the highlighted names, what are the criteria for selecting the rest of them? May be I can make the next list..

    Thanks,
    Oloye

    • Oversabi

      May 6, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Google YALI and wait for the next round. This is an annual event. Applications are due about Fall season

  2. xplorenollywood.com

    May 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations to all those selected. It pays to be focused and dedicated! Tried to apply online and just stopped cos of the forms (can’t stand forms)! I believe BN posted something about it when they initially called for entries. Great initiative.

  3. Sandra

    May 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Wow this is so good. Congrats to them. I’m so proud of Otto. That young man inspires me so much. Go and make us proud.

  4. Ba

    May 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    The picture looks inspiring.
    As one united Nigeria, support for righteousness, greatness and excellence that never get hypocritical by tribes and religion.
    Congratulations

  5. Remi Adetola

    May 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Good news. Congrats Otto Orondam and other fellows.
    Keep making us proud.
    Proud Slum2School Volunteer.

  6. Ijebujesha

    May 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    You join APC in one form or the other. That gives you a huge chance of making the list. Not all those there are APC folks but many are-disbelieve if you choose to, but it’s the truth.

    • Oversabi

      May 6, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      i no go doubt because na Axelrod come help APC win election. I still think the process is fair though. They use independent reviewers from all over and the application questions are apolitical. That said, I am sure you will not be penalized for mentioning your political affiliation. But, it would be hard for that alone to work for you.

  7. Oversabi

    May 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Only one person each from Rivers/Bayelsa. Sigh. Either we did not know to apply, knew about it but did not apply, applied and did not submit interesting applications because we are no longer competitive or we are just gonna always be a minority in everything,…..errr except in producing national treasure aka oil and wealthy people from other tribes. Sorry guys. I cant help but go tribal. It is our reality.

  8. Ms S.

    May 6, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Awww I’m soo happy for them! I applied but didn’t get in, didn’t expect to because my work is still in early stages, will hopefully try again later this year! Congrats to them xx

  9. Oversabi

    May 6, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Only one person from Rivers/Bayelsa. Sigh. Either we did not know to apply, knew about it but did not apply, applied and did not submit interesting applications because we are no longer competitive or we are just gonna always be a minority in everything,…..errr except in producing national treasure aka oil and wealthy people from other tribes. Sorry guys. I cant help but go tribal. It is our reality.

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