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June 17, 2016



Staley School of Leadership Studies to host 25 young African leaders for Civic Leadership Institute

By Theo Stavropoulos

The Staley School of Leadership Studies will host a group of 25 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa for a six-week Civic Leadership Institute June 17 to July 31. Throughout the course of the institute, the school will facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and leadership development to advance the work of each fellow by growing their capacity to lead change upon return to their home countries.

Facilitated through the U.S. Department of State, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders began in 2014 and is the flagship program of President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI, which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking. The cohort of fellows hosted at Kansas State University will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at institutions across the U.S. this summer.

Each of the Mandela Washington Fellows are activists and leaders in their home communities and have been recognized for their accomplishments in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries. The fellows are engaged across a diverse array of issues, including youth development, public health, gender equity, agricultural sustainability and disability rights.

The following Mandela Washington Fellow will be hosted at Kansas State University:

  • Abdoul Diallo, Guinea
  • Adedayo Adeniyi, Nigeria
  • Aklile Solomon Abate, Ethiopia
  • Alaa Muntaser, Sudan
  • Anne Shivachi, Kenya
  • Benetta Davies, Liberia
  • Beth Ndirangu, Kenya
  • Bethlehem Haileselassie, Ethiopia
  • Dalziel Wafula, Kenya
  • Enyonam Fumey, Togo
  • Faty Kane, Senegal
  • Golden Maunganidze, Zimbabwe
  • Grace Ihejiamaizu, Nigeria
  • Ishaku Haruna, Nigeria
  • Kileni Fernando, Namibia
  • Kyeng Tetuh, Cameroon
  • Patrick Miller, Zimbabwe
  • Ricardo Amunjera, Namibia
  • Salif Kanoute, Senegal
  • Samuel Gibba, The Gambia
  • Situmbeko Wambulawae, Zambia
  • Stephen Ofori, Ghana
  • Theresa Morfaw, Cameroon
  • Vanessa Metou-Mouini, Republic of the Congo
  • Dominic Boima, Sierra Leone

The Civic Leadership Institute directly aligns with the Staley School of Leadership Studies' mission to develop knowledgeable, ethical, caring and inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world and to prepare civic leaders to address the challenges of communities both locally and globally.