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56 Nigerians Travel to United States For Mandela Washington Fellowship Program 

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria proudly unveils the selection of 56 distinguished young Nigerians for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship program, celebrating its 10th anniversary. These fellows will travel to 28 cities across the United States from June 19 to August 1, culminating in a summit in Washington D.C., where they will engage with U.S. leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. 

Additionally, three fellows will participate in the Professional Development Experience at a U.S. organization for four weeks following the summit before returning to Nigeria. 

Initiated in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders stands as the cornerstone of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program is a testament to the enduring U.S. commitment to invest in Africa’s future. The fellowship offers a comprehensive program that includes academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. 

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria David J. Greene welcomed the 56 young Nigerians chosen for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship, emphasizing the rigorous selection process and their ability to lead and inspire others. He highlighted the fellows’ diverse achievements and encouraged them to share their culture in the United States and use the fellowship to expand their influence in Nigeria. 

He expressed appreciation to the Public Diplomacy team and the State Department for their efforts in identifying future leaders and reminded the fellows of the importance of sharing their knowledge upon return to their communities. 

Since the fellowship’s inception, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has had the privilege of supporting 569 young Nigerian leaders through this exchange program. The U.S. Mission in Nigeria eagerly anticipates the Mandela Washington Fellowship’s continued success and its positive impact in shaping Africa’s future. 

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce that the following Nigerians will participate in the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship: 


 

First Name  

Last Name 

Track  

Institute 


  

Oluwatomisin 

Adeyefa 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County 


  

Similoluwa 

Olusola 

Leadership in Public Management 

Syracuse University 


  

Musa 

Yusuf 

Leadership in Business 

University of Notre Dame 


  

Irene 

David-Arinze 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

Michigan State University 


  

Christiana 

Onoja 

Leadership in Business 

University of Notre Dame 


  

Ifeoluwa 

Solomon 

Leadership in Business 

University of Texas at Austin 


  

Olanike 

Timipa-Uge 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

Florida Gulf Coast University 


  

Murtala 

Abdullahi 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

Michigan State University 


  

Abdulsalam 

Ashade 

Leadership in Public Management 

Boise State University 


  

Sarah 

Kuponiyi 

Leadership in Business 

Jackson State University 


  

Nafisa 

Atiku-Abubakar 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

The Presidential Precinct 


  

Maryam 

Abdulkadir 

Leadership in Business 

University of Iowa 


  

Joseph 

Waribugo 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

Florida Gulf Coast University 


  

Abubakar 

Abdurrahaman 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

Drexel University 


  

Obianuju 

Iloanya 

Leadership in Public Management 

Bridgewater State University 


  

Wale  

Bakare 

Leadership in Business 

University of Nevada-Reno 


  

Afeez 

Iyiola 

Leadership in Business 

University of Texas at Austin 


  

Ahmad 

Abubakar 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

The Presidential Precinct 


  

Chioma 

Arum 

Leadership in Public Management 

Texas Tech University 


  

Mariam 

Nurudeen-Arole 

Leadership in Public Management 

Arizona State University 


  

Riliwan 

Amoo 

Leadership in Business 

Lehigh University 


  

Isah 

Dahiru 

Leadership in Business 

Drake University 


  

Saifullah 

Maishanu 

Leadership in Public Management 

Bridgewater State University 


  

Margaret 

Wonah 

Leadership in Civic Engagement 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County 


  

Chibuike 

Egbujiem 

Leadership in Business 

Clark Atlanta University 


  

Aisha 

Rilwanu Sidi 

Leadership in Business 

Lehigh University 


  

Festus 

Moses 

Leadership in Business 

Rutgers University 


  

Paul Olubori 

Kehinde 

Leadership in Business 

University of Notre Dame 


  

Nnene 

Bassey 

Leadership in Public Management 

Bridgewater State University 

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