11 young African leaders listed for Dangote fellowship
Eleven Africans, among them two Nigerians, who have been named Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum for 2021, are to benefit from the Aliko Dangote Fellowship.
A statement issued by a media relations official of Dangote Industries Limited, Francis Arowole-Browne, on Tuesday explained that the Africans were part of the 112 youngsters from across 56 countries honoured for leadership and service to the society by the WEF.
While announcing the winners, the WEF confirmed that the African YGLs would benefit from the Aliko Dangote Fellowship, made possible by the Aliko Dangote Foundation.
According to the ADF, the aim of the fellowship is to increase the quality and quantity of young African leaders by supporting the engagement of African YGLs in the community.
The YGL award, WEF said, “is to recognise and create a platform for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.”
Giving a breakdown analysis of the winners, the WEF said among the 56 countries represented in the award, eleven leaders hail from Africa and their work brings the promise of a brighter outlook at a difficult time.
“They join a group of Nobel Prize recipients, Pulitzer winners, heads of state and chief executive officers committed to improving the state of the world,” it said.
Chief Executive of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, congratulated Nigerian winners, 54gene founder, Dr Abasi Ene-Obong, and the founder of Kobo360, Obi Ozor, for their accomplishment and urged them to continue raising the Nigerian and African flags.
She said the foundation was pleased to have worked with 54gene and Kobo360 at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when CACOVID partnered various organisations for collaborative efforts to complement government’s intervention.
Zouera said, “54Gene and Kobo360 have been integral part of the national rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, displaying exemplary professionalism, efficiency, dedication, and patriotism.”
The statement added that 73 young African leaders had benefitted from the Aliko Dangote Fellowship till date.