•According to US Consul General, Will Stevens Africa's solution is important to address global issues.
The Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Will Stevens, emphasized the importance of African solutions to address global issues such as climate change, food insecurity, and leadership challenges.
He conveyed this message during the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Reunion Conference, which gathered recent program graduates from various prestigious U.S. institutions.
Stevens encouraged the MWF fellows to collaborate in finding solutions to these global problems, emphasizing that programs like MWF aim to establish lasting connections. He expressed the consulate's hope that the fellows would bring back knowledge and ties to Nigeria, fostering investment and partnerships.
He also highlighted the significance of the U.S. relationship with Africa, especially Nigeria, in the 21st century. He stressed the need for greater collaboration, as global challenges require collective efforts.
Stevens praised the fellows, considering them the network and future leaders, and expressed confidence in Nigeria's resilience and problem-solving abilities, particularly among its youth.
Dr. Rabi Sufi, one of the fellows, shared her valuable experience in the health sector during the program. She gained academic and leadership skills, as well as insights into advocacy and community engagement. Sufi's work at Wayne State University in Michigan allowed her to make a meaningful impact on her community.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) is a key initiative of the U.S. Government's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), established in 2014. It empowers young African leaders aged 25 to 35, with 57 young Nigerians participating in the 2023 program, focusing on business, civic engagement, or public management tracks during their six-week stay at top U.S. educational institutions.