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The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General on Tuesday 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



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