150 student leaders from nine Kenyan universities filled the lobby of U.S. Embassy Nairobi on July 28, to watch the live broadcast of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Town Hall meeting in Washington, D.C. with the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2014. The students were greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, who reminded the audience that they are also Kenyan leaders who will innovate, create and lead new efforts to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. He added that, “Americans believe in the potential of Kenyan youth. Our commitment to help the next generation is a fundamental aspect of the partnership between our two countries.” The 2014 Mandela Washington Fellows spent the past six weeks at 20 different U.S. universities in academic programs focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.
They are now participating in a three-day Presidential Summit in Washington, and will return home shortly to put new skills to practical use in leading their organizations, communities, and countries. Among the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows are 46 Kenyans, two of whom asked President Obama a question during the Town Hall. We encourage young Kenyans to become members of the Young African Leaders Network by visitingwww.youngafricanleaders.state.gov, to have access to the tools, training and technology available from the United States to equip them with the skills and connections they can use to improve their communities.