The US government says it is committed to supporting emerging Nigerian leaders in their efforts to drive growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and strengthen peace and security.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association (MWFAAN) launched a mentorship program for 125 members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network at the American Corner in Ikeja with support from the US Consulate General in Lagos .
During the three-month program, YALI Network members will gain new skills and knowledge from their mentors who are Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni.
Through this initiative, members of the YALI Network will acquire the skills and resources they need to accelerate their careers and contribute more vigorously to strengthening good governance, promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, empowerment and creating opportunities for women and girls and protecting the environment.
Speaking at the program launch, MWFAAN President Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem said association members were inspired to create the mentorship program because of the challenges they faced in pursuing their own goals. careers.
Adetola-Kazeem congratulated the participants for joining the mentorship program and thanked the mentors who give their time to develop the next generation of Nigerian leaders in public management, business and entrepreneurship, and civic leadership.
“Some of the features of this program include a job and career fair to enhance the impact of the YALI Learns program. We hope this initiative will strengthen the synergy among the three branches of the YALI family: Mandela Washington Fellows, participants in the YALI Regional Leadership Center, and active members of the YALI Network Online,” said Adetola-Kazeem.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
Established in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought nearly 5,100 young leaders from every country in sub-Saharan Africa to the United States for academic and leadership training.
The United States Mission to Nigeria supports a variety of international exchange programs each year, in conjunction with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
These people-to-people exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the United States and other nations. The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is committed to supporting alumni of these programs by providing resources that will help them build on their exchange experience.