Source:| Mafany Tande Myles, Cameroon

Cameroon’s cohort of the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows have been announced, and are a part of 700 other Africans selected for this prestigious program.

From mid-June this year, they are to undergo six weeks of intensive training at select institutions in the United States of America in the areas of Civic Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and Management.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative Network. This is an initiative of former US President Barack H. Obama, and since its inception in 2010, the program has trained and supported over 3,500 Africans to further develop and hone their leadership skills and potentials.

Ngang Ernest was among those selected and he had a few words to say: 

“…It was not certain that among the 18 I will be. Many had said it is a process that requires a high level of connection for someone to find oneself among those selected… I was on the waiting list.”

Then he prayed to God, “Lord God, don’t remove anybody that deserves this opportunity. Let them have the experience…”

He continued his story, “We were still in a training when I went out to call the number that had been calling me severally… ‘Hello, is this Mr. Ernest Che Ngang?’ I replied, ‘Yes ma, this is Mr. Ernest Che Ngang.’

‘I have been calling you and you couldn’t call back. Don’t you think you can miss a serious opportunity by not calling back? Please learn to call back’.”

This was his story. He later explained why he was not able to call back and he was given the good news of his selection.

The fellows will be expected to share their experiences and use the training they receive to enable them contribute positively to the development of Cameroon and Africa as a whole; and lead organisations and communities towards the 2035 vision of Cameroon.

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