The Public Affairs Officer introduced the six Togolese fellows to journalists before their departure scheduled for June 18. The fellows answered several questions related to their trip, their professional training in the U.S. and goals they wish to achieve.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, which began in 2014, brings 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training and creates unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.