Lekpele M. Nyamalon, a Liberian poet and founder of Africa’s Life as well as a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, has returned home, with added knowledge and experience, to give back to his community and nation.
Fellow Nyamalon, who had applied for the Mandela Washington Fellowship since its inception in 2014 and never made it even for the interview, got accepted at the fifth attempt, which was his last year of eligibility per the age requirement.
“I have failed and I know what it means to fail. So, I’m offering this training to educate and guide young Liberians who have expressed interest in applying for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship in the USA,” he said.
Prior to the training, interested applicants were provided a link to register through an online platform where their information was carefully processed and scheduled for an interview.
According to one of the team members, Jackson David, the total number of application received were over a hundred.
“The participants went through a successful interview and were selected based on their level of commitment and contributions being made in their various homes, schools and communities”, Jackson added
The first phase of the training, which was held last Saturday, September 15, at the iCampus on Snapper Hill, Carey Street, brought together 60 participants under two sections for a one-day lesson and guide on the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship application.
Two of the varieties of YALI network widely taken online courses — Servant Leadership and Community Organizing for Action — were taught in detail with teamwork and exercise. The training also provided a guide on how to answer the questions therein in order to make one’s application strong for acceptance.
Mr. Nyamalon and his team are expected to be in Bong County this Saturday, September 22, at the conference hall of the CEPRES international University, located in the Chief’s Compound Community, around the Agriculture Minister’s house.