Quote of the Week: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page – Augustine of Hippo.

Dear Friend,

Today we shall be discussing YALI – This is a new flagship program for Africa’s most promising young leaders. It was launched by President Barrack Obama of the U.S. in 2010 as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace security across the continent.

Since the launch, U.S. Embassies have accelerated outreach to young Africans and scaled up programs to train and support aspiring business and civic leaders across the continent. The U.S. Government has created opportunities for young Africans to engage with U.S. Government officials, businesses, and citizens by establishing Embassy Youth Councils in 25 countries. High-level U.S. officials regularly meet with young leaders during their travel to the continent. Over 2,000 events have been held by the U.S. government across the continent aimed at developing the next generation of Africa’s civic and business leaders. The United States is also partnering with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Tony Elumelu Foundation to support the development of young African leaders throughout the continent.

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders was renamed The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on July 28, 2014 in front of the inaugural class of Fellows by President Obama in honor of Nelson Mandela. The Fellowship is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders. It offers young leaders an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders from community organizers to the President of the United States. The Mandela Washington Fellowship will challenge preconceived ideas and open new horizons for those who embrace the experience.

For more information on YALI, please click on

The online application for the Mandela Washington Fellowship is available on While completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Do you see yourself as a leader? Why not ‘take the bull by the horn’ by applying now before it closes? We at Kupendeza wish you success in your dream of becoming that ‘Change Agent’ in Nigeria.

Remember the lessons learnt from cubing; be focused, think things through before committing yourself, be patient, and success shall be yours!

(Information sourced from
International Cubing Competitions

South Africa will be hosting the first International Speedcubing Competition in Africa! Come November 23 and 30 2014 in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively. Please visit

Registration is still open, so you can be a part of it.

Happy Cubing!