The 2019 Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa (MiLEAD) Fellows Programme― the 11th in a series― has ended in Accra.
A cadre of 20 young women between the ages of 19-25―including the first ever Fellow from Chad― selected from 2,070 applications from 26 African countries and the Diaspora, underwent 18 days of intensive training at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, to become part of the growing MILEAD community― a powerful Pan-African network of change makers and a new generation of young African leaders.
The theme for the 2019 programme was The power to lead―The commitment to be good stewards of power.
The MILEAD Fellows Programme is a bold and paradigm-shifting initiative committed to the long-term leadership development of promising young leaders selected as Fellows.
One of the distinguishing features of the MiLEAD programme is the deliberate integration of community service to the year-long training, with each Fellow initiating and leading a community change (MiCHANGE) project on a critical issue of importance to their community or African women as a whole.
The Fellows benefit from a combination of training, experiential learning and mentoring crafted to build knowledge, skills, strengthen networks, and support women's leadership on critical issues.
In addition, the programme links determined young women with influential and seasoned African leaders who are committed to inspiring and empowering the next generation.
Most importantly, Fellows benefit from a lifelong solidarity and support through the MILEAD Network and supportive eco-system.
The Fellows are already actively leading change on pertinent issues at many levels, from entrepreneurship, agriculture and women's health, to politics, environmental innovations and gender justice.
They are a new generation of African women leaders ready to provide the bold and inspirational leadership needed to shift power and lift Africa to its rightful place on the global stage.
The Fellows are chosen through a highly competitive selection process based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments and commitment to the advancement of women and social justice in Africa.
Addressing the graduands at the end of the programme in Accra, yesterday, July 29, 2019, Ms Penelope Jones-Mensah, Member, Moremi Initiative Advisory Board and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, noted that power was essential in order to influence others to become effective leaders.
Ms Jones-Mensah said effective leaders required the power of character to help influence others as well as the power of conduct to be the light and touch lives and empower their generations.
She urged the graduands to lead themselves using their heads and lead others using their hearts.
In her remarks, Mariama Johm from The Gambia, a class representative, pledged to be good leaders and work for the progress and development of humanity.
Welcoming participants to the ceremony, Mr Mawili Dake, Co-Founder, Moremi Initiative for Women's leadership in Africa reminded the graduands of the need to maintain a life-long relationship with each other as well as to contribute and add value to each other's lives through support for each other.
Mr Dake also urged them to maximize the opportunities that came their ways forte benefit of themselves and society as a whole.
He explained that the Moremi Initiative was a United Nations-accredited organization in Special Consultative Status and with official partnerships with UN Women, UNAIDS and other local and international partners.
He said headquartered in Accra-Ghana and with an office in the United States, the Initiative operated throughout Africa and the Diaspora, boasting of a growing and dynamic alumni network with over 240 strong membership of exceptional young leaders, who shared a commitment to shape the future of Africa and their respective communities.
Moremi Initiative's Mission, he said was, therefore, to engage, inspire and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs and change agents.
Source: G.D. Zaney, Esq.