ABUJA, Nigeria; 23 September, 2016

The U.S Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship began today, Wednesday, September 20, 2016.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a key part of the U.S commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

Nigerian youth are encouraged to pursue this opportunity to access a six-week training course at a top U.S university in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management.

Eligible candidates should be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application and have a demonstrated track record of leadership in a public, private, or civic organization, and a commitment to contributing their skills and talents to build and serve their communities.

Interested candidates should visit http://www.yali.state.gov to apply and seek further information.  The application deadline is October 26, 2016.  Applicants needing access to the Internet may visit the Information Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos or one of the 11American Corners in Nigeria.

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