Global Founders | YALI 2017 in the Potter Studio




Temitope Kalejaiye | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I want to be a reason why younger Nigerians love Nigeria and are patriotic about Nigeria.” – Temitope Kalejaiye

Temi is an Amnesty International award-winning broadcast journalist and human rights filmmaker focusing on advocating for children and women. She has a BSc in Mass Communications from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, […]

Rebecca Ojedele | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I came to this fellowship with an idea of what I wanted to do. Right now that idea has expanded way beyond the scope I ever imagined it was going to be.” – Rebecca Ojedele

Rebecca currently works as Project Coordinator at the African Radio Drama Association (ARDA). She has […]

Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I am passionate about my family [and] about being a model muslim in the face of the very negative view about Islam.” – Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem

Ahmed is the Founder and Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative, where he focuses on advocating for the rights of prisoners and rehabilitating them. […]

Tobiloba Ajayi – MWF2016 Impact Story

Tobiloba Ajayi devotes herself to advocating with people living with disabilities in Nigeria, specifically Cerebral Palsy free ms project alternative.
“As Young African Leaders, it is important that we focus on the complete picture of our society and appreciate the good so that we can fix the bad.”
Tobi spent 6 […]

Bukky Shonibare – MWF2016 Impact Story

Bukky Shonibare is a strategic team leader of the Bring Back our Girls Movement from Abuja, Nigeria. Through her work with Bring Back our Girls and the Light Family Empowerment Foundation, Bukky is an advocate for expanding opportunities for women and girls all across Africa.

“By the time we come […]

Presidential Precinct helps forge African community

Lagos, Nigeria – I am a city girl with a heart for the countryside, so I felt doubly privileged when I arrived at the Presidential Precinct in Virginia for the Mandela Washington Fellowship two years ago. On one hand, I was honoured to have been selected with 24 other […]

Timi Olagunju – Presidential Precinct YALI Video Blog

Timi Olagunju, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from Ibadan, Nigeria, shares his story about empowering youth through good governance in Nigeria. “It is very important that we see ourselves not just as people who are willing to learn to get a job, but also as people who are willing […]

August 21st, 2015|Blog, Timi Olagunju|0 Comments

Grace Jerry – Presidential Precinct YALI Video Blog

Grace Jerry, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, is a music artist, disability rights advocate, and peace promoter in Nigeria. In this video blog, Grace shares her story and her experience as a Mandela Washington Fellow.

August 21st, 2015|Blog, Grace Jerry|0 Comments

Grace Jerry Performs YALI Tribute

June 25, 2015 | Grace Jerry | 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow

Mandela Washington Fellow Grace Jerry performs her original single “E Go Happen ( Yes, We Can )”. Grace’s inspirational song is about all people, regardless of backgrounds, finding their voice to become a catalyst for change.

Grace Jerry is a music […]