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In what will be described as a ground-breaking inaugural session, the US EMBASSY today launched the YALI Network Kebbi in Birnin Kebbi

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders by the United States Government.

Declaring the event open, Mr. Bashar Aliyu Buhari, Lead Person, YALI NETWORK KEBBI shared information on the history and opportunities YALI provides and urged young people to pay great attention to details when applying for such opportunities.

Bashar Aliyu Buhari on YALI opportunities

The Leader of the delegation who doubled as the Country Director, Humanitarian Services while discussing on the aims and objectives of the initiative, Said YALI Network provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts around the world.

The Interactive Session led Mr. Sterling D. Tilley the Cultural Affairs Officer provided attendees the opportunity to get in-depth answers to questions ranging from YALI NETWORK Courses to the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the Regional Leadership Training coming up in Accra, Ghana.

Sterling, while stressing the need for engagement in community activities, also said “those impacts created can lead to the success of applicants in the exchange programs.”

Sterling Tilley

Also speaking, Obinna Ojingele, an alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship gave a detailed information regarding the dos and don’ts while applying for the FELLOWSHIP.

Miss Shade, the EDUSA Officer from the UNITED STATES EMBASSY spoke on educational opportunities in the USA and how to get waivers through the EDUCATIONUSA Opportunity Funds program

Shade, EDUSA

Dr Hafsat and Mr Marwan Umar Gwamba, speaking differently appreciated the US Embassy for inaugurating members of YALI NETWORK KEBBI and called on Kebbi Youths to avail themselves of the opportunity brought by the American people.

Dr. Hafsat

Member of the organizing committee, Mustapha Yakubu Lugga, also called on participation of members in future events.

Mustafa Lugga

The event was attended by professionals, students, corporate leaders and media practitioners.

You would recall that Former President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa

Thompson Ekemini (Reporting for KebbiDailyNews)

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