45 Nigerians set to Participate in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative



Forty five Nigerians are set to leave for the U.S. on Friday, to participate in President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Mrs Maria Brewer, the Chargé d'Affaires of U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, made this known while addressing newsmen in Abuja.

Brewer said that the initiative, which was a Washington fellowship for young African leaders, was initiated in 2010 by Obama.

``This is the first year for YALI itself; there was a president’s forum for young Africans that President Obama initiated in 2010.

``This is the outgrowth of that and as the U.S. government, we are exploring how to take that initial action and turn it into something that is programmatic and will continue,’’ Brewer said.

She said that more than 49,000 applications from the continent were received in Washington D.C. for the 500 fellowships that were to be given out.

Brewer added that 15,000 applications came from Nigerians and 45 of the applicants were eligible for the fellowship, adding that the applicants were drawn from all over the country.