Young African Leaders Study in U.S. to Hone Leadership Skills

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 (Leslie Chang/KQED)

President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Washington Fellowship last year to "give thousands of promising young Africans...the opportunity to come to the United States and develop [their] skills at some of our best colleges and universities." Fifty thousand people applied for 500 slots in intensive summer programs at universities nationwide. We check in with some of the fellows studying civic leadership at UC Berkeley's Goldman School for Public Policy. And we'll discuss the important work they're doing back home, and their visions for the future of their countries.


Elaine Muntongwizo Vere, attorney with the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and a Young African Washington fellow

Chundung Ashley Dauda, peace builder with the Women Without Walls Initiative in Northern Nigeria and a Young African Leaders Washington fellow

Zana Ouattara, co-director of the Bouake Caravan of Non-Violence, which brings campaigns of non-violence to public schools in Cote D'Ivoire and a Young African Leaders Washington fellow

Chief Sbonelo Mkhize, chair of the uThukela House of Traditional Leaders and a Young African Leaders Washington fellow