3 Young Cross Riverians Selected For 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

From over 11,000 applications, the US Embassy in Nigeria has selected three (3) young leaders from Cross River State to represent Nigeria, as part of fifty-six (56) delegates to the Mandela Washington Fellowship from June 17 to August 1, 2019.

The fellows are Timothy Undiandeye, Hannah Bassey Essien, and Ako Eyo Oku. They will join their counterparts from other African countries for a six (6) week career-enhancing experience at selected institutes and organizations in the United States of America.

Since the launch of this program in 2014, this is the first time youth of Cross River extraction have made the cut.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young people in civic engagement, entrepreneurship and public management through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

This year, the Fellowship is providing 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university, with support for professional development after they return home.

After the Fellowship, fellows are expected to strengthen existing systems in their communities through high-impact projects, programs, collaborating with governmental institutions and civil society organizations.


The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions and communities.

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