Middle Bit: Young African Leaders coming to Des Moines again this summer

For the third consecutive summer Drake University will host the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, according to a story Wednesday in the Times-Delphic.

The six-week Young African Leaders Initiative sends fellows to 40 locations across the country; Each city has 25 young African business leaders with an established record of accomplishment. The program is very competitive, receiving 40,000 applications each year and only selecting 1,000.

Last summer the program started in May and ended July 30. The fellows visited different companies around Central Iowa and received advice from John Pappajohn.

One fellow specifically—Asher Adeniyi—formed partnerships with three area businesses to benefit his home country of Nigeria.

And according to the Times-Delphic story, Drake University has a number of African students who can also participate in the program and serve as “student ambassadors.”

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