American officials urge Mandela Washington Fellows to disrupt Africa

Although we are headquartered in Washington D.C. USA, our reporters and editors are working around the globe to cover what you care about. We invite you to donate to our fundraiser to help us keep our quality news free and available to all.  

WASHINGTON – Nearly 700 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa, who were chosen from more than 38, 000 applicants, met with U.S. government officials, civil society and private sector leaders at the State Department-sponsored Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington D.C. on Monday. They were urged to go back to the continent and disrupt the status quo.

The young African leaders convened in Washington after six weeks of academic study and leadership training at 27 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Mandela Washington Fellows from Nigeria

The Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit fosters and builds relationships that support and expand U.S.-Africa cooperation.

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

Mandela Washington Fellows from Cameroon pictured with the Cameroonian flag at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington DC on July 29, 2019. Photo: Simon Ateba, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Kay Coles James, President of the Conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. urged the fellows to use the knowledge and experiences gained during their stay at some of America’s top leadership institutions and use them to transform the continent.

Mandela Washington Fellows from Nigeria pictured with the Nigerian flag at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington DC on July 29, 2019. Photo: Simon Ateba, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who delivered welcome remarks, urged the fellows to believe in themselves and use their God-given brains and experiences to change their lives and develop Africa.

Elsie Sampson, Mandela Washington Fellow from Ghana stands in front of the Ghanaian and American flags at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington DC on July 29, 2019. Photo: Simon Atbea, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Everyone is responsible for their successes or failures in life and education, our brains and hard work make the difference between success and failure, he said.

The Summit, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. would end on Wednesday July 31.

It would feature a Policy Spotlight Plenary with Assistant Secretary of African Affairs Tibor Nagy, breakout sessions with senior U.S. government officials on a range of U.S. foreign policy priorities throughout Africa, such as advancing trade to increase prosperity, short presentations by the Fellows themselves, and will close with Malawian innovator, engineer, and author, William Kamkwamba.

Mandela Washington Fellow from Niger pictured at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington DC on July 29, 2019. Photo: Simon Ateba, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

“Alumni of the Fellowship continue to play a key role in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a key element in the United States’ effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders,” the State Department said in a statement last week.

Check more pictures and videos here

[/read_more]

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him: simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

300,504FansLike
227FollowersFollow
6FollowersFollow
1FollowersFollow
907FollowersFollow
138SubscribersSubscribe

JUST IN

South African defense minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will not receive salary for 3 months for flying ANC party members to Zimbabwe on air force plane

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued the Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with a formal reprimand...

Nigerian activists send open letter to President Buhari urging him to prosecute more than 100 high-profile corruption cases he has ignored

Nigerian activists have sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to prosecute more than 100 high-profile corruption cases...

IMF has given $31 billion to 76 countries to respond to COVID-19, including over $10 billion to 47 low income nations

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given $31 billion in emergency financing to 76 countries in the world to respond to...

Gunmen ambush convoy of Governor Umar Babagana Zulum of Borno State in Nigeria, kill several people

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned an ambush on Friday on the entourage of Governor Umar Babagana Zulum of Borno State, which...

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadéra announces candidacy for December election

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadéra has announced his candidacy for the presidential election next December.“It’s...

MOST POPULAR

Damning report finds detainees in Iran were sexually abused and given electric shocks in gruesome post-protest crackdown

Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of...

IMF has given $31 billion to 76 countries to respond to COVID-19, including over $10 billion to 47 low income nations

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given $31 billion in emergency financing to 76 countries in the world to respond to...

Activists warn Nigerian President bill will render anti-corruption agency EFCC ‘a toothless bulldog’

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to “urgently instruct Mr...

Ramphosa urges world leaders to fight racism, grant Africa more Security Council seats, lift sanctions against Zimbabwe and Sudan and cancel continent’s interests on debt

African Union Chairperson, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, urged the United Nations General Assembly to fight racism,...

Coronavirus can be transmitted through the air at distances farther than six feet, U.S. CDC says

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance at the weekend to acknowledge that the novel...

South African defense minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will not receive salary for 3 months for flying ANC party members to Zimbabwe on air force plane

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued the Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with a formal reprimand for conveying an African National Congress (ANC) delegation to Zimbabwe on an aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF)."The President has further sanctioned the Minister by imposing a salary sacrifice on...

[/read_more]

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

Share
WhatsApp
Reddit
Tweet
Share