PRESS RELEASE: Mandela Washington Fellows meet with Vice President Dr Isatou Touray


For immediate release Susan Solomon, Public Affairs Officer, 796-0999 October 13, 2021
PRESS RELEASE: Mandela Washington Fellows meet with Vice President Dr Isatou Touray
(Oct 12, Banjul, Gambia) Chargée d’Affaires (CDA) Marissa Scott introduced the members of
the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2021 cohort to the Vice-President of The Gambia, Dr Isatou

The Mandela Washington Fellowship 2021 cohort are Burama Dampha, Ida Faal, Aji Sainey
Kah, Lala Touray, Esther King, Amadou G. Jallow and Samba Jaiteh. They finished the
scholarship in the following areas: corporate leadership, public and civic management
CDA Scott explained that the Mandela Washington scholarship chooses young people
leaders with a proven track record in initiating and promoting positive change in their communities.
The Vice-President, Dr Isatou Touray, congratulated the fellows on their achievements and gave
examples of his own work and activism to encourage them to continue to provide
change in their communities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s scholarship was virtual and fellows demonstrated
exceptional resilience. Secretary of State Blinken speaking at the Mandela Washington summit
recognized Amadou Jallow, researcher in public management, for his objective of creating a
framework for clean energy technologies in The Gambia.
Since its inception in 2014, The Gambia has appointed 51 Mandela Washington Fellows. The Mandela
The Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders is the United States‘ flagship program
Young African Leaders Government Initiative (YALI). Young African Leaders Initiative
(YALI) is the United States’ flagship effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.


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