Eight Malawians have been selected to participate in Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali), a US President Barack Obama flagship exchange programme that empowers young people across Africa through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.
According to Marcus Muhariwa, information specialist at the US Embassy in Lilongwe, the eight, who were selected from a group of 700 Malawian applicants, are expected to depart for the United States on June 18 2015.
The eight include Madalitso Chidumu, an agri-business professional working with Self Help Africa as an agribusiness and value chain management coordinator and also founder and director of a social enterprise called Impact; Andrew Longwe, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Capital Financial Services; Tadala Thembakako, founder and executive director of Girls with a Vision Association (Gwava) and Marshall Dyton, CEO of Freelance Web Solutions Malawi and founder and editor-in-chief of Malawi Muslims Official Website.
Said Muhariwa: “The others are Chancy Gondwe, a teacher who trains adult literacy teachers to start their own literacy programmes using special literacy methods designed by Literacy International; Charles Kajoloweka, a human rights activist and founder and executive director of Youth and Society (YAS); Jane Jana, a medical officer at Mulanje District Hospital and Yamikani Chunga, a youth leader.”
Muhariwa said the eight selected young fellows are from Lilongwe, Zomba, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mzuzu and Blantyre.
This is not the first time Malawi has participated in the Yali fellowship as nine young Malawians leaders participated in the programme last year and had an opportunity to meet Obama and other leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors at a presidential summit in Washington D.C.