A brilliant Nigerian man named Akintunde Babatunde has beaten over 9,000 applicants from Nigeria to emerge the winner of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
Akintunde who shared his success on LinkedIn noted that he is privileged to have won the award and will now proceed to premier universities in the United States – The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia and The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
He also explained that he will be visiting two historic sites in the United States during his time in the country. The James Madison’s Montpelier and James Monroe’s Highland.
“I will also work to develop a focus project exploring shrinking civic space in Africa and the role of civic technology,” Akintude stated further.
Akintunde has previously bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Management (Mathematics) from the University of Ibadan, South-West, Nigeria. He proceeded to the University of Sussex, Brighton, England for his Master’s Degree in Media Practice for Development and Social change.
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Akintunde expressed thanks to the United States Mission in Nigeria for giving him the opportunity to join the young leaders from across Africa.
“I’m delighted to announce my selection as one of the 2022 fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders of the the United States’ Government’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
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“I am grateful to US Mission Nigeria for this opportunity, and also excited about this platform to join young leaders from across Africa, to explore networking as I look forward to contributing more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa,” he wrote on Linkedin.