U.S. Ambassador Congratulates Newest Mandela Washington Fellows (May 19, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General today recognized 40 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House developed this initiative in recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans are playing in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

Speaking at a special gathering in Abuja and via satellite in Lagos, U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle congratulated the new fellows on their competitive selection amongst 7,000 Nigerian applicants and tens of thousands of others throughout Africa.

“You all should be proud of your accomplishment.  Your selection says a lot about who you are as young leaders and the level of impact you are having on your communities as entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and public servants,” said Ambassador Entwistle.  He added, “You will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of bright and inspiring minds, just like yourselves, from other parts of Africa.  Take advantage of the opportunity to learn, to share, and to expand your network.”

In 2014, 44 Nigerian fellows comprised part of the inaugural class of Mandela Washington Fellows.  Fellows participate in an intensive, six-week program on academic excellence and leadership focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management at U.S. colleges and universities.

Below is a list of the 2015 fellows, including their disciplines and hosting institutions:

  NAME DISCIPLINE UNIVERSITY
1 Alueshima Utasha Public Management Florida International University
2 Lukmon Buliameen Business and Entrepreneurship University of Wisconsin-Stout
3 Ikuba Ona Civic Leadership Arizona State University
4 Oluwaseyi Dara Business and Entrepreneurship University of Wisconsin-Stout
5 Catherine Edeh Public Management University of Minnesota
6 Ibrahim Balami Business and Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University
7 Nkemdilim Azinge Civic Leadership Rutgers University
8 Amina Alkali Civic Leadership University of Delaware
9 Grace Jerry Civic Leadership University of Virginia
10 Fatu Ogwuche Public Management Howard University
11 Rilwan Hassan Business and Entrepreneurship Northwestern University
12 Benjamin Dankaka Public Management Virginia Commonwealth University
13 Muhammad Saleh Civic Leadership Tulane University
14 Rukayya Sani Civic Leadership Wagner College
15 Haruna Ndahi Business and Entrepreneurship University of Nevada, Reno
16 Bobwealth Omontese Public Management Syracuse University
17 Chinomnso Ibe Civic Leadership Wagner College
18 Abiola Odunaiya Civic Leadership University of California Berkeley
19 Chioma Achi Civic Leadership University of California Berkeley
20 Jamila Mohammed Public Management Syracuse University
21 Mlumum Ikpaahindi Public Management University of Minnesota
22 Cynthia Chiamaka Ndubuisi Business and Entrepreneurship Dartmouth College
23 Abosede Oluwaseun Lewu Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Notre Dame

 

24 Oluwafunmilayo Adebimpe Ilori Business & Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University
25 Adekunbi Gbemisola Adeoye Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Texas at Austin

 

26 Damilola Opeyemi Sobowale Business & Entrepreneurship

Clark Atlanta University

 

27 Anuoluwapo Oluyomi Akinola Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

 

28 Chioma Ilobekeme Agha Business & Entrepreneurship

Dartmouth College

 

29 Ejiro Sharon Okotie Civic Leadership Arizona State University
30 Oluwafunmilola Wonsebolatan James

Civic Leadership

 

Tulane University

 

31 Glory Chinenye Oguegbu

Civic Leadership

 

University of Delaware

 

32 Ayoola Philip Adeniyi Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Nevada-Reno

 

33 Oladipo  Adesida Business & Entrepreneurship

University of Nevada-Reno

 

34 Omotola Samuel Oni Business & Entrepreneurship

Northwestern University

 

35 Oluwatimilehin Paul Olagunju

Civic Leadership

 

University of Virginia/College of William & Mary/Presidential Precinct
36 Olakunle Olusola Ajayi Civic Leadership

Rutgers University

 

37 Olusola Samuel Owonikoko Civic Leadership

Wagner College

 

38 Williams Kwame Rashidi Civic Leadership University of California, Berkeley
39 Olakunle Joel Adewale Civic Leadership

Tulane University

 

40 Oluwamayowa Adepeju Salu

Civic Leadership

 

Arizona State University