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MSU student qualifies the Mandela Washington fellowship

Anesushe
Mamhute
GWERU

Chiredzi born and Midlands State University (MSU) media student, Passmore Ndlovu
has been selected to be among 42 Zimbabweans joining other young Africans for
the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States of America (USA)
for six weeks.
The Mandela Washington
Fellowship empowers outstanding youthful leaders to be in a better position to
make a difference in their communities. The fellowship creates a platform for
them to sharpen leadership skills and network with other youth leaders from
sub-Saharan Africa and USA.
Ndlovu is running
communication projects found on various social media outlets including YouTube
and radio podcasts ‘The Update’ and ‘Swa vutomi’.
He also has a programme
called ‘Lowveld Today’ which is a
series of documentaries that focus on communities in the Lowveld.
YALI was initiated by
former US president Barrack Obama in 2014 and is the flagship for the Young
African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which began 2010. Submissions to participate
in the programme are done online and the selection is done in the USA. Semi-finalists
are notified and interviewed at the United States’ embassies in different
countries.
Ndlovu said he was
honored for the opportunity to develop his skills and passion within a big
network of like-minded people.
 “I feel contented and thankful to those who
support my work. Being among 42 Zimbabweans to visit USA on this fellowship is
a great honor to me. We are 700 across Africa and I will utilise the
opportunity to increase my experience in the field of media studies,” said
Ndlovu.
Ndlovu will arrive in
USA on June 19 for a leadership track is Civic Engagement at Indiana University.
He will also travel to Washington Dc for a concluding three day summit with all
the fellows.
During the summit, he
will have the opportunity to interact with US leaders in the field of business,
governance and the non-profit sector.

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