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101 Nigerians are going to participate in the U.S. Mandela Washington Fellowship program this year

They'll be joining their 899 colleagues from 48 other sub-Saharan countries for the fellowship program

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The U.S. has invited 101 young Nigerians to the U.S. to participate the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

Premium Times reported that the program is selecting 899 colleagues from 48 other sub-Saharan countries for the fellowship program.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an initiative of former US President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

40 U.S. universities will host 1,000 young leaders from Sub-Saha­ran Africa for institutes focused on public man­agement, business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and for the second year, a special­ized institute on energy.

U.S. Counse­lor for Public Affairs, Aruna Amirthanayagam, said More than 22,000 Nigerians applied to participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

In 2014, the program was expanded to include 500 young African leaders from sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2016, 1,000 young Africans participated in the fellowship.

Since its inception, 186 young Nigerians have participated in the fellowship, and over 45,000 young professionals in Nigeria have joined the YALI network.

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