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UNIBEN students selected for Obama’s leadership training




Two students from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), have been selected to participate in the President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) training.

They are Imadojiemu Osetohanmhen Marietta and Uwoghiren Ogbemudia Eddy. Both are currently medical students. While Marietta is in her final year, Eddy is a 400 level student and writes for The Guardian Campusnews. Both were selected from a pool of over 20, 000 applications across West Africa.

Speaking to Campusnews, Eddy said: “I commend President Obama for instituting the leadership programme to help develop African Youths. This is my first time of applying for the training. Over the years, I have always been scared because I have heard stories of how competitive the selection process is. This year, I decided to face my fear and was selected after series of reviews and online interview on skype.”

While Eddy will be receiving training in public management, Marietta will be trained in business and entrepreneurship.The five-week all expense paid training, which is expected to hold at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, will bring together 100 youths selected across West Africa. It will run from November 7 to December 9, 2016.

YALI is a flagship programme of President Barack Obama of the United States of America. It aims at investing in African youth to develope their immediate environment and ultimately transforms Africa.

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