President Barack Obama speaks at the Obama Foundation Community Event. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
Obama Foundation has announced the participants selected for the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.
The “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa” programme is a year-long initiative to inspire, empower, and connect 200 emerging leaders from across Africa.
The leaders were chosen from 44 countries across the continent, from Egypt in the north, to Magadascar.
Among those chosen from Nigeria include Winter Olympian Simidele Adeagbo who is currently empowering girls across the nation.
Others include Forbes Africa’s Peace Hyde and LEAP Africa’s Olufemi Taiwo .
The one-year leadership development and civic engagement programme launches on 14 July in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a five-day gathering designed to train, support, and connect emerging African leaders working across different sectors to create positive change in their communities.
“The leaders selected have already demonstrated extraordinary potential for impact, a clear commitment to integrity, and a capacity to advance the common good within their spheres of influence. They represent 44 countries and every region in Africa and are working in a range of disciplines including health, agriculture, media, government, education, business, and technology, and on issues such as climate change, conservation, entrepreneurship, food security, and girls’ empowerment,” Obama Foundation said.
“The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme is our largest and most ambitious international effort to date – the launch of what will become a global network of changemakers,” said Bernadette Meehan, Chief International Officer of the Obama Foundation . “We want to inspire, empower, and connect this pan-African group of leaders who show so much potential to change our common future for the better. We look forward to hearing their ideas and to supporting them to scale their work and reach.”
The Nigerians on the list are:
Noel Ify Alumona.
Oluwaseun Ayodele Osowobi.
Nichole Onome Yembra.
Another Nigerian Ifeanyi Orajaka was also selected for the programme but listed under Sierra Leone
See the full list of all the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme below:
Candace Emma Nkoth Bisseck
Patu Ndango Fen
Pedro Nuno Lopes
Bi Touvoly Donatien Foua
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lunanga Wakilongo Stewart
Hossam Eldeen Abdelfatah
Yohannes Tsehai Gezahagne
Prince Chisom Agbata
Priscilla Naa Aklerh Okantey
Venoranda Rebecca Kuboka
Jarius Andrew Greaves
Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo
Ippet Letembet Bernadette Mah
Josef P. van der Westhuizen
Issoufa Bachir Bounou
Conde Lysa Uwizeyimana
Marieme Gabar Diop
El Hadji Abou Gueye
Mohamed Sallieu Barrie
Aminata Fatmata Kandeh
Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar
Jean-Luc Kossigan Agboyibo
Francis Xavier Asiimwe
United Republic of Tanzania
Sophia Hamis Assenga
Amnah Feisal Amin Ibuni
Dr. Lubeya Mwansa
Tinevimbo Terry-Anne Matambanadzo
Nqobile Q. Moyo
See full profiles of the participants HERE
Photo Credit : Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images
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