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Harvard names Okonjo-Iweala Global Public Leaders Fellow

By Godsgift Onyedinefu

The John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has named former Nigerian Finance Minister and World Bank Managing Director the next Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow.

Okonjo-Iweala becomes the fifth fellows since the program’s inception in 2011.

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Young Africans Conclude Mandela Fellowship Summit In Washington

The effort of the US government to improve leadership capacity among young leaders in Africa continued in Washington  recently with the annual Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alex Cole of IREX details the activities that have marked the fellowhsip so far.

Seven hundred young African leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. from July 30-August 1 for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Selected from a pool of more than 37,000 applicants, the Fellows strengthened leadership skills and exchanged ideas with leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Continue reading “Young Africans Conclude Mandela Fellowship Summit In Washington”

Ethiopian Prime Minister visits Minnesota

Following trips to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles to meet the Ethiopian community in America

He pledged peace and asked for help from his nation’s scattered people

“It’s the most beautiful day of my life,” she said.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Minneapolis on Monday to share reform developments with the country’s diaspora. The event was hosted by the Oromo Community of Minnesota. It is the first time an Ethiopian prime minister has come to Minnesota, which has the United States’ largest Oromo diaspora. Oromos are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, and Abiy is the first of them to lead the country.

Since his election by the parliament in April, Abiy has made peace a priority in a country marred by violence. In addition to releasing political prisoners and opening previously restricted internet access, he accepted peace deals with Ethiopia’s northern neighbor Eritrea 20 years after a war that killed nearly 100,000 people. Now he’s traveling the United States asking Ethiopians here to help move the country forward.

It’s a break from the repressive narratives of past leaders, said Tadesse Nigatu, a member of the Coalition of Ethiopians in Minnesota.

“It’s just a dream-come-true type of occurrence,” he said.

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