Cameroon’s 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows

U.S. Embassy staff and Mandela Washington Fellows alumni welcomed this year's Mandela Washington Fellows for a pre-departure orientation session on May 11 and 12, 2017.

On May 11 and 12, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde welcomed 24 Cameroonian youth from the Center, Northwest, Southwest, West, East, Far North, Adamawa, and Littoral regions. They were selected for this year’s Mandela Washington Fellows (MWF) Program, where they will visit Washington. D.C. this summer and then participate in fellowships at American universities in civil society, business and entrepreneurship, and public management. Pictured on this album are this year’s Fellows with U.S. Embassy staff members and MWF alumni who provided them a series of pre-departure briefings.

“Among this impressive group of young Cameroonian leaders are entrepreneurs, innovators for agricultural sector growth, Information Technology visionaries, lawyers, doctors, educators, fashion designers, champions for human rights and the empowerment of women and girls, and individuals committed to counter violent extremism by playing a personal and collective role in promoting private sector growth to expand job opportunities for youth across all ten regions. They exemplify excellence and the promise of a future of peace and prosperity to be built through their own talents and ideas in partnership with all sectors and their fellow citizens here and across the world.  They were selected for the competitive Mandela Washington Fellowship Program due to their extraordinary achievements and vision to promote development,” said Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II.  U.S. Embassy members Mathias Tientcheu, Olivia Mukam-Wandji, Richard Ewane, Dorine Takam and Mandela Washington Fellows alumni led pre-departure presentations.

See Facebook album of program: https://www.facebook.com/pg/yaounde.usembassy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10158678594745716. See biographies of this year’s MWF participants: https://www.facebook.com/pg/yaounde.usembassy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10158674826850716.

To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, please see: https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/.