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The Washington Fellowship by US President Obama has created Hope for African Youth


On a usual evening as I had been half watching tv and browsing some medical blogs, I noticed an advertisement on a DSTV Indian Bouquet for the Washington Fellowship/Young African Leaders Initiative by President Obama and administrated by IREX. At first I wasn’t sure what the ad was about as I was half watching. But then later that evening, during the prime time news on another channel, the full ad was shown again. My father who had been watching the same news raved that I must apply.

This initiative by the US President is a very heart warming one. With a full sponsorship by the US government and the willingness to invest in Africa and it’s youth is very encouraging

Of course, in between a busy work schedule I had to secure time to read up a bit more about the opportunity and the requirements. Essentially, a good African citizen, who believed that they can provide leadership in Africa in the sectors of Public Management, Civic services and business and entrepreneurship; between the ages of 25-35 years;and willing to travel to the US if selected. I was excited as the opportunity would allow the successful candidates to study in special programmes in the US as well as become a part of a continent wide alumni network, who can then further provide leadership and mentorship to others.

It took me four days to prepare my application and secure recent letters of support and submit it within five hours of the applications closing on 27 January 2014. The tedious process of being able to summaries the profile requirements and then submit the 3 x 250 word essays, were challenging and enriching.

After submission, I began checking up on the other related applicants who had made known in the likes of Facebook and twitter that they had indeed applied. It is amazing what a mix of applicants there are and their each unique varied backgrounds.

Now the applicants patiently await the feedback within the next two month from their respective embassies.

Innovative thinking and strategies on Executive Leadership in Health Services Management


A few months back I saw an advertisement for an Executive Leadership course jointly called the ASELPH. It was a multi-institutional course that was offered by Harvard School in Public Health, University of Pretoria, and University of Fort Hare.

I was of course ecstatic, as being able to study Executive Leadership under the guidance of Harvard and South Africa universities was a dream come true. It has always been a dream to being able to study at Harvard. Thanking the opportunity of being on an Executive course was the cherry on the top.

Prof Barry Durn is a member of the Harvard University faculty and as a fantastic and esteemed expert on Leadership, recommended that each ‘Fellow’ on the course journal their thoughts as the course progresses, daily. The intention is so that ideas and concepts considered whilst learned are not quickly forgotten by the end of the course.

I’ve decided to use my blog to document this journey and it will be interspersed by other posts. I hope it serves to motivate you and stimulate more innovative thinking.

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