Nineteen outstanding Botswana youth will depart early next week for the United States to participate in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is one of the U.S. Department of State’s premiere exchange programs and empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Botswana’s 19 Fellows hail from across the country and have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
During this program, all Fellows will hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution for six weeks, then participate in a three-day Summit experience in Washington, D.C. with leaders from the public and private sectors.
This year, 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa will participate. 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, communities, and countries. In 2018, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-five Fellows identified as having a disability, and 51 percent of Fellows were women.
Below are the names of the 19 Botswana Fellows and the institutions where they will be based in the US during the program:
Keletso Seabo – University of California – Davis
Bonolo Monthe – The University of Texas at Austin
Dineo Tshosa – Kansas State University
Christopher Seagateng – Appalachian
Mompoloki Makwana – Lehigh University
Nature Mogotsi – Texas Tech University
Lesego Nchunga – Syracuse University
Unami Mashumba – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Chawapiwa Masole – Drexel University
Chidzani Catherine Mbenge – Georgia State University
Thandi Milton – Boise State University
Keenese Katisenge – Lehigh University
Mosireletsi Mogotlhwane – Georgia State University
Kabo Muyaluka – Indiana University
Koziba Malibala – The University of Texas at Austin
Lebogang Manson – University of Notre Dame
Ishmael Motshabi – Bridgewater State University
Tiragalo Masibi – University of Georgia
Ontibile Kebadirang – Virginia Tech
Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, the YALI Network, USAID, the Department of State, and affiliated partners.
Through these experiences, select Mandela Washington Fellows have access to ongoing professional development and networking opportunities, as well as support for their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Fellows may also apply for their American partners to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the Reciprocal Exchange Component.