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U.S. Mission Nigeria Announces Mandela Washington Fellows

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The U.S. Mission Nigeria has selected 56 recipients for the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for 2022. 

Additionally, U.S. Mission Nigeria has selected 16 alumni from the MWF cohort from 2021 to participate in this year’s Alumni Enrichment Institute.

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship exchange program of the U.S. government-sponsored Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) created to further the United States’ commitment to investing in the future of Africa.  Each year, U.S. Missions across Sub-Saharan Africa select accomplished leaders, who have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their countries.

This summer, the Fellows will travel to the United States to participate in six-week Leadership Institutes studying Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management at U.S. colleges and universities.  At the conclusion of the Leadership Institutes, the Fellows will attend the annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where Fellows, U.S. government officials, and representatives from businesses and organizations with interest in Africa engage in high-level sessions and workshops. 

After completing the Leadership Institutes and Summit, Fellows are eligible to participate in several MWF alumni opportunities, such as the Alumni Enrichment Institute, that build the on skills and connections developed during their summer exchange program. 

Since 2014, over 5,000 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the MWF with 456 Fellows hailing from Nigeria.  Thus far, Nigeria remains the largest contributor of Fellows each year.

Commenting on the significance of the MWF, Ambassador Leonard stated, “The United States is dedicated to investing in the next generation of young Nigerian leaders reinforcing the strong partnership between both nations.  The vision, courage, and drive to innovate of Mandela Washington Fellows will help shape the future of Nigeria for many generations to come.”

U.S. Mission Nigeria congratulates the following recipients of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and participants of the Alumni Enrichment Institute for 2022.

 First NameLast NameTrack
 AbidemiOjoLeadership in Business
 AbubakarIdrisLeadership in Public Management
 AhmadAbdulsamadLeadership in Public Management
 AishaYahayaLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AkintundeBabatundeLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AlexisAdeluLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AlkaliJonahLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AnointedRichesLeadership in Public Management
 AssuranceChinemerem-AyilaraLeadership in Civic Engagement
 BabajideOluwaseLeadership in Business
 BlessingBashirLeadership in Business
 ChidiogoOdunukweLeadership in Public Management
 ChinemeremJonathanLeadership in Business
 CollinsObiLeadership in Public Management
 DanielOladojaLeadership in Public Management
 DavidEffiongLeadership in Civic Engagement
 DorcasElishaLeadership in Civic Engagement
 EbereOkonkwoLeadership in Business
 EstherBalamiLeadership in Public Management
 EtienoUdohLeadership in Public Management
 FredaAnyanwuLeadership in Business
 GabrielBell-GamLeadership in Public Management
 HelenOkotieLeadership in Civic Engagement
 IfelolaOlaleyeLeadership in Business
 IkennaOgbudimkpaLeadership in Civic Engagement
 ImmaculateNwajaguLeadership in Business
 KedeiIbiangLeadership in Civic Engagement
 Kurutsi TabkiJoshuaLeadership in Public Management
 MayokunIyaomolereLeadership in Civic Engagement
 MohammedSalmanLeadership in Civic Engagement
 MoshoodSanniLeadership in Business
 Mukhtar MaigamoGarbaLeadership in Public Management
 NaimaUsmanLeadership in Public Management
 NnaemekaNwejeLeadership in Business
 OlajumokeAdedejiLeadership in Business
 OlaoluwaBalogunLeadership in Business
 OlufunmilolaKehindeLeadership in Business
 OluwatosinOkeLeadership in Public Management
 OluwoleAdegbuleLeadership in Public Management
 OnyekachiKanuLeadership in Public Management
 OritokeAlukoLeadership in Public Management
 OsariemenOmoruyiLeadership in Civic Engagement
 PearlUtukLeadership in Civic Engagement
 RafiuLawalLeadership in Civic Engagement
 RahilaIbrahimLeadership in Public Management
 SamuelLawalLeadership in Business
 SamuelOkerindeLeadership in Public Management
 SophiaLawalLeadership in Public Management
 StellaAjigeLeadership in Business
 TemitopeOlatimehinLeadership in Business
 TitilayoFalaiyeLeadership in Business
 TracyOnabirekhanlenLeadership in Civic Engagement
 YetundeAdeselukaLeadership in Civic Engagement
 ZainabBalaLeadership in Civic Engagement
 ZigwaiTagwaiLeadership in Civic Engagement
 ZionObetenLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AbdullahiAbdul-FatahLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AbdulsalamAderibigbeLeadership in Business
 AmarachiKalu IgweLeadership in Civic Engagement
 AminaAbubakarLeadership in Civic Engagement
 ChekwubeIheanachoLeadership in Civic Engagement
 ChimaAmadiLeadership in Business
 ChisomNwankwoLeadership in Public Management
 CourageAgbonlahorLeadership in Business
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