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U.S. Mission Congratulates 2023 Cohort Of The Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the names of the 57 Nigerians who were selected for 2023 cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.  Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The Fellowship is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.   

The Fellows will travel to 28 cities across the United States from June 21 to August 4 to participate in Leadership Institutes hosted by American colleges and universities.  In the final week of their program, the fellows will converge with their sub-Saharan counterparts in Washington D.C. for a Leadership Summit which will feature meetings with top U.S. government officials and private sector leaders. 

In his remarks at the pre-fellowship orientation reception, Charge d’Affaires David Greene said, “The U.S. Mission is committed to supporting Nigerian youth and providing them opportunities to reach their full potential, especially our Mandela Washington Fellows.  We look forward to working with you in the future to deepen the relationship between the United States and Nigeria.”

Since 2014, over 500 young leaders from Nigeria have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. U.S. Mission Nigeria is proud to announce the 2023 cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows. 

First NameLast NameTrackLeadership Institute
1AbdulrahmanAhmedLeadership in Public ManagementTexas Tech University
2Abiola  NurudeenDurodolaLeadership in Civic EngagementThe Presidential Precinct
3AbubakarUmarLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities
4AdaezeMenekpugiLeadership in BusinessDrake University
5AishaAbdullahi BubahLeadership in BusinessDrake University
6AishaJaafarLeadership in Public Management Replacement candidate yet to be placed in an institute
7AnthonyOkoboshiLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of California – Davis
8BlessingAshiLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
9ChimdinduNeliaku-ChukwuLeadership in Public ManagementArizona State University
10ChukwuemekaUzohoLeadership in Public ManagementWayne State University
11ComfortEffiomLeadership in Public ManagementArizona State University
12DamilolaOligbindeLeadership in Public ManagementCornell University
13DiepriyeDiriLeadership in Civic EngagementMichigan State University
14EbenezarOkaforLeadership in Public ManagementWayne State University
15ElijahAffiLeadership in BusinessDrake University
16GabrielOgunsuaLeadership in BusinessLehigh University
17GeraldineOfulueLeadership in Public ManagementTexas Tech University
18GodspowerOyubuLeadership in Civic EngagementKansas State University
19GodwinHenryLeadership in Civic EngagementFlorida Gulf Coast University
20HashiduAminuLeadership in BusinessRutgers University
21HenriettaAneneLeadership in BusinessClark Atlanta University
22IbrahimHassanLeadership in Civic EngagementDrexel University
23JasperDeebariLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of California – Davis
24JemimahDavid-MakeriLeadership in Civic EngagementMichigan State University
25JessicaObaLeadership in Public ManagementHoward University
26JuliusIloriLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Delaware
27MahfuzAlabidunLeadership in Civic EngagementDrexel University
28MathiasPwolLeadership in BusinessJackson State University
29MichaelShowunmiLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Georgia
30MohammedLawalLeadership in Civic EngagementThe Presidential Precinct
31MuhammadUsmanLeadership in BusinessPurdue University
32MuhammadYakubuLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Texas at Austin
33NkemakonamAguLeadership in BusinessDrake University
34NnannaJohnLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Notre Dame
35OkeogheneAkusuLeadership in Public ManagementBridgewater State University
36OluwafunkeAdeoyeLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Georgia
37OluwatoyinOlufonLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Notre Dame
38OnyedikachiNwakanmaLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Delaware
39OnyekaNwigweLeadership in Civic EngagementMichigan State University
40OsatoOmo-OsemwingieLeadership in BusinessPurdue University
41Praise AkoboLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Georgia
42RabiSufiLeadership in Public ManagementWayne State University
43Saad AyodejiErubuLeadership in Public ManagementBridgewater State University
44SaheedIbrahimLeadership in Public ManagementSyracuse University
45SandraOrgu Leadership in Public ManagementTexas Tech University
46SundayOnucheLeadership in Civic EngagementUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
47SusanneOgunleyeLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Nevada-Reno
48Sylvia Chioma ChigozieNwosuLeadership in Civic EngagementMichigan State University
49TereseAkpemLeadership in BusinessPurdue University
50TestimonyAsiagwuLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Notre Dame
51UjuOnyekachiLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Notre Dame
52UyiEffiomLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of California – Davis
53UyiosaObasohanLeadership in Public ManagementUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities
54VictoriaOgwanighieLeadership in BusinessClark Atlanta University
55VivianEzeonwumeluLeadership in Public ManagementSyracuse University
56YusufNurudeenLeadership in Public ManagementBridgewater State University
57ZainabAhmadLeadership in BusinessUniversity of Texas at Austin

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org

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