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June 22, 2018

Staley School kicks off Civic Leadership Institute for Mandela Washington Fellows for the third year

Submitted by Trisha Gott

The Staley School of Leadership Studies, in partnership with the Office of International Programs, has been selected for a third consecutive year to host a Civic Leadership Institute for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

On Friday, June 22, the Staley School of Leadership Studies will host the opening reception of the 2018 Civic Leadership Institute, welcoming 25 of Africa's brightest emerging civic leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute. Community and university leaders also will be in attendance. The opening session will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the Leadership Studies Building.   

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI, empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities. Fellows are young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries. By summer 2018, 3,700 fellows across sub-Saharan Africa will form an invaluable network of alumni who are spurring growth and prosperity, strengthening democratic governance, and enhancing peace and security across the continent. These exceptional young leaders will culminate their experience with a summit in Washington, D.C.; select fellows also will spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. nongovernmental organizations, private companies and government agencies. 

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational Affairs and its implementing partner, International Research and Exchanges Board, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa. 

The following are 2018 K-State Mandela Washington fellows: 

  • Caroline Hlatywayo, Zimbabwe
  • Soule Abdoul Halim, Comoros
  • Miguel Angel Engonga Ela Akaba, Equatorial Guinea
  • Hiwot Amare Getaneh, Ethiopia
  • Abigail Ama Sekyibea Larbi, Ghana
  • Genesis Sylvester Kolliemene, Liberia
  • Aminata Traore, Mali
  • Halima Mahaman Laoual B, Niger
  • Angelique Ingabire, Rwanda
  • Seydina Ndiaye, Senegal
  • Elom Jose Adoboe, Togo
  • Lupai Stephen, South Sudan
  • Fardosa Ahamed, Uganda
  • Mirriam Shula Chileshe, Zambia
  • Mulunga Mumba Mwale, Zambia
  • Chisom Okwukwe Okoye, Nigeria
  • Christine Kakuu, Kenya
  • Xatyiswa Maqashalala, South Africa
  • Ibrahim Yunus Rashid, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Mafule Morlan Moswane, South Africa
  • Anisah Amunega, Nigeria
  • Omar Dileita Mahamad, Djibouti
  • Shupai Stephen Majee, Zimbabwe
  • Pride Evidence Mkono, Zimbabwe
  • Onyango Okoth, Kenya

If you would like to get involved, or learn more about the summer institute, contact Trisha Gott at tcgott@k-state.edu

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by the International Research and Exchanges Board. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov and join the conversation with #YALI2018.