The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of Pres. Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa. Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy released the list of Nigerians to participate in the 2016 edition. 
The White House developed this initiative in recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans are playing in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. 10,000 Nigerian applied.
Those that made it include the former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, 2000, Dr. Matilda Kerry, who has worked consistently to improve the lives of underprivileged children via the George Kerry Life Foundation; Adebola Williams, co-founder of Red Media who owns the Future Awards and YNaija.
Otto Orondaam who founded Slum2School which is now one of the largest volunteer driven non-profits in Nigeria. They will participate in an intensive, 6-week program on academic excellence and leadership focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, public management, and renewable energy at U.S. colleges and universities.
S/N First Name Last Name State Of Origin 

1. Adams Adeiza Kogi 2. Adamu Ishiyaku Gombe 3. Adaora Uche-Ugwonna Enugu

4. Adebola Williams Lagos 5. Adebukola Shonibare Osun 6. Adedayo Adeniyi Osun

7. Adeniyi Adedokun Oyo 8. Ahmed Ogunlaja Ogun 9. Andidiong Okon Akwa Ibom

10. Anita Tele-Oduloye Delta 11. Anthonia Abayomi-Ojo Osun 

12. Apolmida Tsammani Bauchi 13. Arinze Ekwem Anambra 

14. Ayodele Odeogbola Ogun 15. Babafemi Adebola Ekiti 16. Balarabe Ismail Kano

17. Ballason Gloria Kaduna 18. Charity Isa Borno State 19. Chidinma Mbanasor Abia

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20. Chinelo Uchendu Anambra 21. Chinenye Ezeakor Enugu 

22. Chukwudi Anyanaso Imo 23. Chukwuemeka Ubaka Imo 

24. Cosmos Anweh Benue 25. Danladi Saleh Idrisa Borno 26. Dauda Sanusi Ogun

27. Ebunoluwa Farinde Lagos 38. Edemawan Ossai Cross River

39. Egbuna Obianuju Maureen Anambra 40. Ehigie Imarhiagbe Edo

41. Emana Imona Cross River 42. Emeka Ossai Delta 43. Emmanuel Obioha Imo

44. Ese Ovabor Edo 45. Fadekunayo Adeniyi Lagos 46. Fatima Mohammed Yobe

47. Fatima Oyiza Ademoh Kogi 48. Feyisara Ogunranti Oyo 49. Folahanmi Aina Oyo

50. Gbenga Oni Ekiti 51. Grace Ihejiamaizu Abia 52. Hadiza Kasimu Plateau

53. Hauwa Liman Katsina 54. Hussaini Saraki Bauchi 55. Ibrahim Sawab Borno

56. Ibrahim Audu Salisu Yobe 57. Ifeoluwa Oluwole Ondo

58. Immanuel Charles Akhimien Edo 59. Ishaku Haruna Gombe 

60. Jamila Bashir Kano 61. Jocelyne Agbo Enugu 62. John Paul Usman Kogi

63. Jude Onwujei Delta 64. Juliana Owolabi Osun 65. Kenneth Ati Benue

66. Kyela Gadi Kaduna 67. Lukman Lawal Zamfara 68. Maalum Nadine North

69. Matilda Kerry Delta 70. Miriam Odabe Ebonyi 

71. Mohammed Kabir Ibrahim Adamawa 72. Mojisola Ojebode Osun

73. Mubarak Tiamiyu Oyo 74. Muhammad Abdullahi Bauchi

75. Muhibbat Abdullahi Bauchi 76. Nana Samuel Borno 77. Nari Welye Adamawa

78. Nkechi Okwuone Delta 79. Nneoma Albert-Benson Imo 

80. Obiefule Iroabueke Abia 81. Obinna Ebirim Imo 

82. Olajide Kabir Oluwatosin Kwara 83. Olakunle Owoeye Ekiti 84. Olanrewaju Suleiman Kwara 85. Olorunfunmi Adebajo Ogun 

86. Olufunto OpeoluwaAkinterinwa Ondo 87. Olumide Mukaila Lawal Lagos

88. Oluwabusola Majekodunmi Lagos 89. Oluwaseun Olaseinde Ondo

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90. Oluwaseun Sangoleye Oyo 91. Oluwatobi Popoola Oyo

92. Oluwatobiloba Ajayi Osun 93. Omolara Rasheed Ogun 94. Orondaam Otto Rivers

95. Sylvester Sede Bayelsa 96. Temitope OluwaseuOkupe Ogun

97. Tessie-Nkechi Udegboka Anambra 98. Thaddeus Akpa Kogi

99. Theophilus Odaudu Kogi 100. Titilope Babafunso Osun 

101. Tochukwu Ikpegbu Abia 101. Tolulope Sangosanya Ogun

102. Toochukwu Emerem Imo 103. Tukur Garba Gada Sokoto

105. Uchenna Igbokwe Anambra 106. Vanessa Willie Edo 

107. Veronica Bakam Kaduna 108. Vweta Chadwick Delta 109. Wasiu Peter Oladipupo Ogun

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