U.S. Embassy Announces 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates the seven young Gambians selected for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. 

The Fellows are Mariama Barry, Aziz Bala Gaye, Awa Sinyan, Hassan Y. Jallow, MbasseyManneh, TeslimaJallow and Anna Jaiteh.  They were selected from among almost 400 Gambians who applied for this year’s Fellowship. 

These young leaders are among 700 selected from across Africa through a rigorous application process for this year’s program.  They represent The Gambia’s diverse society and were all chosen for their community service, leadership, and contributions to the country’s progress.

The Gambian Fellows participated in an orientation session at the U.S. embassy on Thursday, May 3rd.  Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup congratulated them, conveyed her best wishes that the program would have a profound impact on their lives, and urged them to apply their experience to serving their communities when they return.

The Fellows were also joined by alumni from the 2017 cohort who shared firsthand experiences and useful tips for a successful experience.  They will leave Banjul for the United States next month for a six-week program at universities throughout the United States.  Please watch our social media platforms for their serialized individual introductions.