The United State Embassy in the Gambia has congratulated seven young Gambians who have been selected for the Mandela Washington fellows for young African leaders 2019.
The fellows that have been selected out of 330 Gambian applicants are Kemo Bojang, Ndey Fatou Jabang, Ebriama Sonko, Binta Badjie, Modou Lamin Fatty, Sainabou Barra Cham, and Lamin Jafuneh.
These accomplished professionals will be among 700 young leaders selected from across the country through a rigorous application process for one year’s program. They represent the Gambia’s diverse society and were chosen for their community service, leadership and contribution to the country’s progress through various platforms.
Last week the fellows participated in orientation sessions at the US.Embassy.
Ambassador Richard Carl Paschal congratulated the young leaders and conveyed his best wishes that the program would have a remarkable impact on their lives. He expressed his confidence that fellows would return with new skills, ready to play an important role in strengthening democratic institutions and spurring economic growth.
The fellows will leave The Gambia next month for a six week program at universities throughout the United States.