Opening of 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

U.S. Embassy Abidjan and American Corner CIRES hosted an information session for interested American Corner patrons on the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) program.

Benjamin N’Dri and Emile Ako who participated into 2015 YALI alumni joined the session to explain the application and selection process and shared their experiences in the U.S.  The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section provided the necessary information for interested applicants, and gave tips on what would make an application successful.

The YALI program is one of the most prestigious, and certainly the most buzzed-about, exchange programs in Africa.  Recruitment of quality candidates for this program is a priority for Post, as exchange programs can provide promising youth the tools they need to make change in their own countries.