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General News of Monday, 4 March 2019

Source: Nana Kwesi Coomson

Mandela Washington Fellows Association of Ghana inaugurates newly elected executives

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme of Young African Leaders Initiative

The Mandela Washington Fellows Association of Ghana on Saturday 2nd March, 2019 inducted into office seven (7) new executives made up of President, Vice President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Project and Programmes Coordinator and Media and Publicity Director to govern and support the activities of the Association.

Speaking at the inauguration at the Secretariat of the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Soronko Academy in East Legon, Accra, the newly elected President, Dr. Hilda Mantebea Boye who assured the alumni network of the commitment of the new executives to the mission of the Fellowship also added that “In the next few weeks, we have the arduous task of working hard to ensure that we achieve the objectives of this wonderful association. We are blessed with many Fellows who have years of experience in their chosen professions and have excelled in their work. We hope to harness the skill and experience of all Fellows to help us achieve our aims”

“Although we are the ones taking up the positions we recognize that we cannot do it all alone and will continue to count on all our members and partners to support us and work with us. We expect them to applaud us when we shine to help boost our ‘vim’ and correct us where necessary to keep us on course” Dr. Boye added.

The newly elected executives of the Mandela Washington Fellows Association of Ghana are Dr. Hilda Mantebea Boye - President, Dr. Richard Selormey - Vice President, Patricia Ida Maame Araba Annan – General Secretary, Yaganoma Baatuolkuu – Treasurer, Nancy Dzikunu-Bansah - Financial Secretary, Nana Kwesi Coomson – Media and Publicity Director and Kwabena Tontoh Kankam-Yeboah - Project and Programmes Coordinator. Amongst the executives are the National Executive Committee (NEC) Members who would represent each cohort. They are Dziedzorm Kwaku Segbefia - 2014, Bright Dey – 2015, Isaac Gyamfi Koran – 2016, Philip Osei Bonsu – 2017 and Eunice Osei-Mensah – 2018.

Present at the inauguration were Emily Beaudoin, Program Coordinator of International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) who are managers of the Fellowship, Pape Sow from the Regional Leadership Center (RLC) of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Morag Neill, Director of Programs at World Connect, past executives of the association and alumni members of the association.

About Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was launched in 2010 by US President Barack Obama to invest in the next generation of African leaders and nurture them as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship which begun in 2014 takes young African leaders to the United States for 6 weeks of leadership training and mentoring at over twenty (20) U.S. Universities and Colleges in three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration. These young professional are empowered through academic coursework, leadership training and networking with support for professional development after they return home.

The Fellows, who are between the age neighbourhood of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.