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Mandela Washington Fellows Reflect On Lessons Learned In Lubbock

Allison Hirth & Jeff Ramazani

July 31, 2017

Mandela Fellows

A group of 25 young leaders from Africa spent six-weeks at Texas Tech as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Both Ettamba Agborndip and Sinai Bakanibona admit they had never heard of Lubbock before arriving in West Texas in mid-June. The two were among a group of young African leaders selected to participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

The fellows, who came from countries like Cameroon and Burundi, spent six-weeks exploring Lubbock and even made a trip to Austin. While at Texas Tech, the group participated in many lectures and discussions. They also took part in leadership training and had numerous networking opportunities throughout their stay.

"I feel like there is no other place which would have been better for me," Ettamba Agborndip, of Cameroon, said. "Lubbock is a beautiful town with so many amazing and warm people."

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