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God, Country, Notre Dame

Author: Constantine Nyanzero

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Guest post by Constantine Nyanzero, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow from Zimbabwe

As I stood at the lake after a tour of the campus I tried to look at it through the eyes of Father Sorin; I was captivated then as he was in 1842 by these spring-fed lakes. In his wildest imagination had he thought the campus would look like it does now? The Basilica, the Grotto of the the Lady of the Lourdes, the rich tradition of football that runs throughout the campus and through the city of South Bend and yes my favourite, Touchdown Jesus!…

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2016 YALI cohort arrives June 17

Author: Grace Munene

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This year's YALI cohort at the University of Notre Dame arrives on June 17, 2016. The 25 Fellows are coming from 20 African countries and have interests in various fields such as health, community development, media, technology, law, education, film, agriculture, children, women, policy advocacy, and environment. Stay tuned for more updates during their stay at Notre Dame.…

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YALI @ ND documentary premiere!

Author: Grace Munene

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Through the generous support of BISK Education, we are excited to share a documentary film The Business of Good: Young Africa Rising that showcases the Mandela Washington Fellows’ experience while at the University of Notre Dame. This film premiered on March 2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. Read more about the film here

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2014 ND YALI alums give TED talks

Author: Grace Munene

 

2014 YALI alums – Ntuthuko Shezi from South Africa and Mildred Apenyo from Uganda- have in the recent past given TED talks in South Africa and Uganda respectively. Watch their amazing stories above.

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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs meets with ND Fellow

Author: Grace Munene

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During a recent visit to Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow Ilrshaad (Ish) Goolamally from Mauritius. Ish is one of the five 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows from the University of Notre Dame that received $25,000 each from the United States African Development Foundation

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My experience in Washington DC including meeting President Obama

Author: Razikua Kaviua

Razikua Kaviua, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from Namibia, reflects on her Washington DC experience.

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It was on a hot summer day when our train from South Bend, IN pulled over at the Union Station in Washington DC. We were all excited and looking forward to a chance to get to meet President Obama (POTUS), as he is affectionately known to Americans. We would be spending a week in DC, meeting the POTUS and getting to know other YALI fellows. The ambiance was fully charged with emotion as fellows were rekindling friendships that had started while still in Africa before travelling to the United States of America. …

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State Department features ND Fellows in article

Author: Grace Munene

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One of the goals of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Notre Dame is to promote the development of Fellows’ leadership skills. This is achieved through various ways such as engaging in community service projects. Read more here

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President Obama meets Fellows, says plans are underway to expand program

Author: Grace Munene

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500 Mandela Washington Fellows met with President Barack Obama on Monday August 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Fellows had just completed attending academic and leadership institutes in 20 Universities across the country. The institutes focus on three thematic areas: Business & Entrepreneurship, Public Management, and Civic Leadership. In his address to the Fellows, Obama observed how timely their visit was given his recently concluded visit to Sub-Saharan Africa where he officially kicked off the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

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Five ND Fellows win USADF grants!

Author: Grace Munene

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This year, five of our Fellows were among forty winners that were awarded grants by the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). Lebohang Selloane from South Africa, Mohammad Goolamally from Mauritius, Helen Duo from Liberia, Sam Musariri from Zambia and Farai Chizengeni from Zimbabwe, were each awarded $25,000 to expand and launch their businesses in their home countries. In addition to receiving grants, the winners will also receive technical support from USADF to support them in creating new economic opportunities in Africa. USADF runs a business plan competition that is open to Mandela Washington Fellows in the Business and Entrepreneurship track. Read the press release here

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Fellows reflect on their Notre Dame experience

Author: Grace Munene

July 30, 2015 marked the end of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Notre Dame. 25 Fellows from 19 countries were honored for their achievement during a graduation ceremony that was graced by the dean of Mendoza College of Business, Roger Huang. Also in attendance was Andrew Reynolds from the State Department, various university leaders, faculty members and staff.…

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‘Shark Tank’ at Notre Dame

Author: Grace Munene

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For those who have had a chance of watching the ABC reality show ‘Shark Tank’, you have seen the extent to which contestants will go in a bid to convince a shark(s) to invest in their business. It is a moment where decisions are made in a split second. The scene was not any different at Notre Dame (except that it was not broadcast on television) when Fellows participated in a business plan competition. Each Fellow had five minutes to present their business plan before a panel of judges that consisted of individuals from different corporations that included: IBM, Coca Cola, BISK Education, Lenovo, Accenture, Capsim, GE, Verizon, and HP. At the end of the competition, three fellows won ‘deals’ in the form of cash that will support the implementation of their business plans in their home countries. …

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