Sunday, 12 January 2014

Ghana's Undercover Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and other Ghanaians to be working with Obama soon

OBAMA WHITE HOUSE President Barack Obama is expected to train more Ghanaians through his Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme this year.
This follows several applications that have been put in by young Ghanaians to participate in this year’s program scheduled to take off by June or July and targeted at 500 professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.
The disclosure was made during
a telephone conference on YALI organized by the United States government and participated in by some African countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, DR Congo, Angola, Rwanda and Senegal last Thursday.
It was also in response to a question posed by the Daily Graphic on the number of young Ghanaians who had applied to take part in the program since applications opened in the latter part of 2013.
Proffering an answer to that enquiry, Shannon Green, the acting Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council of the United States, and one of two officials who addressed the conference, said a significant number of Ghanaians had applied, although she could not readily provide the exact number.
She stated that already, over 40,000 applications had been received from Africa while the online application would be due on January 27 and determination of the successful applicants done in early April.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Shamima Muslim, both Ghanaian journalists, and Kofi Asante of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) are among some young Ghanaians that have participated in the YALI program since it began in 2010.
According to Shannon Green, the YALI program is meant for a high echelon of young leaders already making an impact in their different fields and who are committed to Africa.
“We are looking for young leaders who have demonstrated an impact, have positive attitudes and with commitment to return to Africa with their skills,” she said.
Successful applicants for the YALI fellowship would participate in a six-week academic programme at a United States university in one of three study areas, Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Leadership and Public Management.
After that, they would have the opportunity to do an eight-week internship in the public, private and non-profit sectors and also attend a presidential summit in Washington DC to meet President Obama and leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors.


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