BreakingNews 5/5/16 - Udegboka, 99 Other Nigerians To Meet President Obama

[ Masterweb Reports ] - On behalf of the U.S. government, the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Abuja has congratulated Udegboka Nkechi Tessie as one of the 100 Nigerians chosen to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  The program brings about 1000 young African leaders to the United States for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring, and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use.
Mandela Washington Fellows (MWF) will spend six weeks at top American universities that will provide tailored programs in the business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership; and public management sectors. Coursework and training in each of these sectors will focus on the skills young African leaders need to run better ministries, start and grow businesses, and serve their communities. The Fellows will also interact with President Obama during the 2016 Summit in Washington, D.C., along with other senior U.S. government, business, and civic leaders.
Tessie’s experience and accolades have distinguished her as one of the Africa’s most influential young leaders, and based on her interests and previous experience, she has been placed in the Business and Entrepreneurship Track at Northwestern University, Evaston, north of Chicago. The University is thrilled to welcome her and other 25 MWF. They will work with Northwestern’s esteemed faculty and have access to organizations that are leaders in their fields. The experience will be intense and transformative, but for them to get the most from the program, they should be prepared to work very hard.
The academic curriculum is designed to expose her and other 25 Fellows to all aspects of the entrepreneurial process starting with developing an idea to the launch of a business. Throughout the six weeks, they will explore various elements of this process including developing an idea, assembling a team, understanding potential customer, developing a brand, and determining the marketing program and the sales channels. In the final week of the Institute, the academic sessions and the Fellows preparation will culminate in an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The academic curriculum will be complemented with a variety of experiential learning activities including site visits to some of Chicago’s leading businesses, including Google, SRAM/World Bicycle Relief, and the digital startup hub 1871. The University will facilitate networking and collaboration sessions with young, American professionals and provide many outlets for networking. The University will empower them make connections with leaders in their industries.
Nkechi is the only Fellow that has her project based in Anambra state. She is certified in Entrepreneurship Management and the Nigerian Ambassador for WeConnect International. She lives in the semi-urban and works with rural residents and people living with HIV. She passionately does her work to empower others despite no support. Through a non-profit organization, Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI), she has build capacities of many women and youth living with HIV as well as semi-urban/rural women and youth. She has a social enterprise where she recruits, empowers and engages her target group to manufacture products so they could have sustainable means of income.
*Photo Caption - Udegboka Nkechi Tessie
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