Media Release | July 15, 2021
Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa. YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety, and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority, the U.S. Department of State is planning a virtual Fellowship for 2021. While remaining in their home countries, Fellows will participate in virtual Leadership Institutes between June 21 and July 30, which will include leadership training, mentoring, and professional development.
U.S. Embassy Pretoria is proud to announce that the following leaders will participate in the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship:
Andiswa Prisieth Makha, Asonele Rachel Kotu, Athenkosi Nontshokweni, Ayanda Valerie Melansi, Blake Dyason, Bohlale Buzani, Chipo Zhou, Edward Boitumelo Matiwane, Frank Christopher Karigambe, Jeshika Moonsamy, Judith Tebello Kutoane, Khanyisa Mapipa, Khwezilokusa Earl Mohoang, Kwezi Luxolo Sogoni, Linda Khulekani Mncube, Lindelwa Happiness Ndaba, Lindiwe Ngcobo, Lusindiso Holiday, Luthando Lennox Kaka, Mamakhoa Gail Maluga, Maribe Mamabolo, Melun Margaret Jeptha, Mike Anthony Skosana, Moeketsi Daniel Baas, Mpho Gift Tjope, Mthokozisi Siphelele Nhleko, Nazley Khan Sharif, Nontuthuko Signoria Mgabhi, Nozipo Winnette Gwaza, Nwabisa Plaatjie, Odwa Ndesi, Ofentse Jerremia Kombe, Olehile Boitumelo Mokgele, Samantha Selma Varney, S’Busisiwe Sithebe, Seipati Sarah Hlahane, Seshoka Laudwick Muila, Siyabulela Lawrence Sokomani, Siyabulela Welter Jentile, Thando Vuyani Hlophe, Thokozile Dingokuhle Nombulelo Zambane, Thokozile Eulanda Nhlumayo, Tshegofatso Claudette Phala, Tumelo Robert Ramongalo, Xolelwa Lusithi and Zuko Eric Mandlakazi.
After their Leadership Institutes, Fellows will participate in a virtual Summit. Additionally, up to 100 competitively selected Fellows will virtually engage in professional development with U.S. organizations in the public, private, or non-profit sector. Fellows can participate in Alumni Programming after their Fellowships to further build their professional skills and networks.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org.