Awonke Tshefu for Mandela Washington fellowship

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The University of Fort Hare’s Awonke Tshefu, a Master’s student in Chemistry has been chosen to participate in the 2015 Mandela-Washington Fellowship for young African leaders to be held in the United States for six weeks starting from the 19th of June 2015. This comes as no surprise having been in Russia in 2013 to study the instrument s for scientific research, thanks to the National Research Foundation that made it possible for him and other top twenty young scientists drawn from the South African universities.

In 2011, the Nonibe Born was awarded the Abe Baily travel award to the United Kingdom and is currently a proud recipient of the prestigious Mandela Rhodes scholarship for his post graduate studies. The six weeks Mandela- Washington program will offer opportunities like studying business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership and public management at the YALE University. Tshefu will also be travelling to Washington DC for a three day Mandela-Washington fellowship summit to be hosted by the United States, President Barrack Obama where he will interact with the US leaders in the field of business, government and non –profit organisation.

The Mandela-Washington fellowship for young African leaders is a flagship program of President Obama’s young African leaders initiative (YALI).