African young lead­ers to bag Dan­gote fel­low­ship at WEF

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

Thir­teen from among the Nine­teen Africans recog­nised as Young Global Lead­ers (YGL) by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF) may ben­e­fit from the Dan­gote Fel­low­ship in­sti­tuted by the Dan­gote Foun­da­tion.

The African young­sters were part of the 214 young lead­ers from 66 coun­tries hon­ored for lead­er­ship and ser­vice to so­ci­ety by the WEF; 109 are women; 19 are from subSa­ha­ran Africa.

The Dan­gote Fel­low­ship, cre­ated by the WEF and Aliko Dan­gote, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Dan­gote Group, was de­signed to in­crease the qual­ity and quan­tity of young African lead­ers across the con­ti­nent by sup­port­ing the en­gage­ment of African YGLs in the com­mu­nity, such as those from small en­ter­prises or the non-busi­ness sec­tor.

The Fel­low­ship helps YGLs from Africa at­tend YGL and World Eco­nomic Fo­rum events and funds the or­gan­i­sa­tion of an YGL Africa Ed­u­ca­tion Mod­ule.

Dan­gote said the in­sti­tu­tion of the fel­low­ship award was his own way of con­tri­bu­tion to the in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment of ex­cep­tional young people of African de­scent.

The YGLs come from di­verse back­grounds and bring a range of ex­per­tise to the com­mu­nity from across the world. Over 50 per cent of the new in­take are women, half come from the pri­vate sec­tor and half from the pub­lic sec­tor, in­clud­ing academia, arts and cul­ture, civil so­ci­ety, govern­ment, me­dia and not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The YGL Class of 2014 in­cluded 49 in­di­vid­u­als from East Asia, 46 from Europe, 16 from Latin Amer­ica and the Car­ribean, 18 from the Mid­dle East and North Africa, 49 from North Amer­ica, 17 from South Asia and 19 from sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

Mean­while, the en­tre­pre­neur also an­nounced the re­con­sti­tu­tion of the Foun­da­tion’s board, nam­ing mem­bers of the new board to in­clude Sani Dan­gote, Hal­ima Aliko Dan­gote, Olakunle Alake, A. B. Mah­moud, SAN, Aig­boje Aig-Imoukhuede, An­gela Ade­bayo, Ha­jara Ade­ola, Yvonne Ike and Ad­hi­ambo Odaga, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor to grow the Foun­da­tion team.

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