From the Presidential Precinct Board of Directors

August 16th, 2017|

Friends of the Presidential Precinct,

A number of you have kindly written to us regarding the horrible events that transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. As those of you outside the U.S. have probably read by now, our quiet town was the scene of a clash between a group […]

Precinct Fellow awarded Amnesty International film prize

August 6th, 2017|

Presidential Precinct’s 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Temitope Kalejaiye is an Amnesty International award-winning broadcast journalist and children’s rights advocate. Her documentary “Almajiri is Begging” (2015) explores the unpromising fate of young children in northern Nigeria sent away to Koranic schools and forced into begging.

On June 30, the documentary […]

From Strangers to Friends

August 6th, 2017|

By Christiana Kallon

Editor’s Note: Christiana Kallon was a Summer Program Fellow for the Presidential Precinct while YALI 2017 Fellows were in Virginia. She not only had the opportunity to work with the Fellows, but also got to live with them in university (and constitutional) housing throughout the six-week Fellowship.

Living […]

The Presidential Precinct and the U.S.-Africa Business Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Host Africa Business Forum on July 28

July 24th, 2017|


July 24, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – The Presidential Precinct and the U.S.-Africa Business Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Africa Business Forum on July 28 to convene global business executives, government officials, academic leaders and 25 Mandela Washington Fellows, young African leaders from 18 […]

Strong Men, or Strong Institutions: Leadership Thoughts from Mandela Day

July 23rd, 2017|

By Dzikamai Bere, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Zimbabwe

“My country is rich in minerals and gems that lie beneath its soil but I have always known that its greatest wealth is its people, finer and truer than the purest diamonds.”

These words by Nelson Mandela occupied my thoughts on this year’s […]

It is not easy to sing alone: Lessons from the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

June 22nd, 2017|

By: Dzikamai Bere, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Zimbabwe

The Power of Place
The question I keep asking young leaders from Africa is: What is Africa’s greatest challenge?

Monday, June 19 marked the official kick off the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the Presidential Precinct in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a very personal […]

African leaders headed to Virginia to discuss democracy, rule of law, and peace-building at area’s top institutions

June 10th, 2017|


Charlottesville, VA – The African continent represents six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. Its youth population, already over 200 million, is predicted to grow by 42% before the year 2030, leaving many to look towards Africa’s youth as leaders not only within their continent, […]

Precinct alumnus awarded prize for supporting transparency and accountability across Africa

May 30th, 2017|

Just about a year ago, Terry Mutsvanga arrived in Charlottesville as a Mandela Washington Fellow. He came with a pervading passion for human rights and the restoring of transparency in governments. Now, in addition to producing and screening his own documentaries, Terry has joined together with other Mandela Washington […]

Global Founders | Episode 04: Next Steps for the Chibok Girls (with Bukky Shonibare)

May 28th, 2017|




Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth

May 25th, 2017|

Originally published by the London School of Economics and Political Science
May 3, 2017

Martin Namasaka , alumni from the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL), looks at three examples of African led initiatives that are building solid foundations to help countries optimise their demographic dividend.

Traceable to the continent’s exceptionally slow rate […]