Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States will train 100 young selected Nigerians for an entrepreneurship and leadership programme, otherwise known as the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle revealed this in Abuja, on Friday during a reception organised by the U.S Embassy for selected participants from six geo-political zones in the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to the Ambassador, ” the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme 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.
“YALI is an integral part of President 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,” he said.
“Our goal is to select a diverse group, both geographically and socio-economically, representing all segments of Nigeria.
“You represent the best of Nigeria’s youth and the future of the country.
“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, public servants, and champions of renewable energy,” he said.