U.S. Mission Nigeria announces Mandela Washington Fellows


U.S. Mission Nigeria has selected 56 recipients for the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for 2022.  Additionally, U.S. Mission Nigeria has selected 16 alumni from the MWF cohort from 2021 to participate in this year’s Alumni Enrichment Institute.

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship exchange program of the U.S. government-sponsored Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) created to further the United States’ commitment to investing in the future of Africa.  Each year, U.S. Missions across Sub-Saharan Africa select accomplished leaders, who have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their countries.

This summer, the Fellows will travel to the United States to participate in six-week Leadership Institutes studying Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management at U.S. colleges and universities.  At the conclusion of the Leadership Institutes, the Fellows will attend the annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where Fellows, U.S. government officials, and representatives from businesses and organizations with interest in Africa engage in high-level sessions and workshops.

After completing the Leadership Institutes and Summit, Fellows are eligible to participate in several MWF alumni opportunities, such as the Alumni Enrichment Institute, that build the on skills and connections developed during their summer exchange program.

Since 2014, over 5,000 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the MWF with 456 Fellows hailing from Nigeria.  Thus far, Nigeria remains the largest contributor of Fellows each year.

Commenting on the significance of the MWF, Ambassador Leonard stated, “The United States is dedicated to investing in the next generation of young Nigerian leaders reinforcing the strong partnership between both nations.  The vision, courage, and drive to innovate of Mandela Washington Fellows will help shape the future of Nigeria for many generations to come.”

U.S. Mission Nigeria congratulates the following recipients of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and participants of the Alumni Enrichment Institute for 2022.

  First Name Last Name Track
  Abidemi Ojo Leadership in Business
  Abubakar Idris Leadership in Public Management
  Ahmad Abdulsamad Leadership in Public Management
  Aisha Yahaya Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Akintunde Babatunde Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Alexis Adelu Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Alkali Jonah Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Anointed Riches Leadership in Public Management
  Assurance Chinemerem-Ayilara Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Babajide Oluwase Leadership in Business
  Blessing Bashir Leadership in Business
  Chidiogo Odunukwe Leadership in Public Management
  Chinemerem Jonathan Leadership in Business
  Collins Obi Leadership in Public Management
  Daniel Oladoja Leadership in Public Management
  David Effiong Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Dorcas Elisha Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Ebere Okonkwo Leadership in Business
  Esther Balami Leadership in Public Management
  Etieno Udoh Leadership in Public Management
  Freda Anyanwu Leadership in Business
  Gabriel Bell-Gam Leadership in Public Management
  Helen Okotie Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Ifelola Olaleye Leadership in Business
  Ikenna Ogbudimkpa Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Immaculate Nwajagu Leadership in Business
  Kedei Ibiang Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Kurutsi Tabki Joshua Leadership in Public Management
  Mayokun Iyaomolere Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Mohammed Salman Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Moshood Sanni Leadership in Business
  Mukhtar Maigamo Garba Leadership in Public Management
  Naima Usman Leadership in Public Management
  Nnaemeka Nweje Leadership in Business
  Olajumoke Adedeji Leadership in Business
  Olaoluwa Balogun Leadership in Business
  Olufunmilola Kehinde Leadership in Business
  Oluwatosin Oke Leadership in Public Management
  Oluwole Adegbule Leadership in Public Management
  Onyekachi Kanu Leadership in Public Management
  Oritoke Aluko Leadership in Public Management
  Osariemen Omoruyi Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Pearl Utuk Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Rafiu Lawal Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Rahila Ibrahim Leadership in Public Management
  Samuel Lawal Leadership in Business
  Samuel Okerinde Leadership in Public Management
  Sophia Lawal Leadership in Public Management
  Stella Ajige Leadership in Business
  Temitope Olatimehin Leadership in Business
  Titilayo Falaiye Leadership in Business
  Tracy Onabirekhanlen Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Yetunde Adeseluka Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Zainab Bala Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Zigwai Tagwai Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Zion Obeten Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Abdullahi Abdul-Fatah Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Abdulsalam Aderibigbe Leadership in Business
  Amarachi Kalu Igwe Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Amina Abubakar Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Chekwube Iheanacho Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Chima Amadi Leadership in Business
  Chisom Nwankwo Leadership in Public Management
  Courage Agbonlahor Leadership in Business
  Enibokun Orobator Leadership in Public Management
  Farida Habu Leadership in Business
  Muhammad Umara Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Nkechinyere Uguru Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Ojooluwa Ibiloye Leadership in Public Management
  Oluwatoyin Ajilore Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Racheal Inegbedion Leadership in Civic Engagement
  Saida Mansur Leadership in Public Management