Three young Crossriverians, Timothy Undiandeye, Hannah Bassey Essien, and Ako Eyo Oku have been selected for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The trio will were selected from over 11,000 applications, by the US Embassy in Nigeria to represent the country, alongside fifty-six (56) other delegates to the Mandela Washington Fellowship slated for June 17 to August 1, 2019.

The fellows will join their counterparts from other African countries for a six (6) week career-enhancing experience at selected institutes and organizations in the United States of America.

Since the launch of the program in 2014, this is the first time youths from Cross River extraction have made the hot list.

Timothy Undiandeye coordinates Arts in Medicine (AIM) in Cross River State. He leverages on the therapeutic Power of art’s to provide creative engagement for the sick, their caregivers and healthcare professionals

The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young people in civic engagement, entrepreneurship and public management through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

Hannah Bassey Essien is the Founder of Nana Arts, a social enterprise that uses arts to engage children, particularly ophans and the less privileged

This year, the Fellowship is providing 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university, with support for professional development after they return home.

Ako Eyo Oku is a Senior Broadcast Engineer at Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and Founder of Interest Match Concepts (IMC) – a hub that engages young people to find innovative solutions to social issues.

After the Fellowship, fellows are expected to strengthen existing systems in their communities through high-impact projects, programs, collaborating with governmental institutions and civil society organizations.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions and communities.

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