After six weeks of intensive academic study and leadership training at 38 higher education institutions across the United States, nearly one thousand young men and women from Sub-Saharan Africa will be convening in Washington D.C. next week to meet with representatives of the U.S. government, private sector, and the civil society. It is not sure President Donald Trump will meet them.
They are part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, the United States’ effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
The U.S. State Department-sponsored Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit will take place from July 31 to August 2.
The Summit, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, will feature an Expo with more than 100 organizations engaged with Africa, as well as a Congressional Forum and other leadership and networking sessions.
Marriot Hotel, Washington DC on July 29, 2017. Photo: SIMON ATEBA
Alumni of the Fellowship are expected to play a role in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.
“The Mandela Washington Fellowship and Summit fosters and builds relationships that support and expand U.S.-Africa cooperation on shared goals the continent,” the U.S State Department said in a statement on Friday.
Speakers at the event include Honorable Chris Coons, U.S. Senator for Delaware, Jacquiline Amongin, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow from Uganda, Bridgewater State University and Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, and Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation.
Others are General (Ret.) Richard Myers, President, Kansas State University and 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative and Norman Moyo, Author and CEO, New Enterprise Business DPA & CUMII, ECONET.
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