By Anesushe Mamhute
GWERU – Chiredzi born and Midlands State University (MSU) media student, Passmore Ndlovu has been selected to be among 42 Zimbabweans joining other young Africans for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States of America (USA) for six weeks.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers outstanding youthful leaders to be in a better position to make a difference in their communities. The fellowship creates a platform for them to sharpen leadership skills and network with other youth leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and USA.
Ndlovu is running communication projects found on various social media outlets including YouTube and radio podcasts ‘The Update’ and ‘Swa vutomi’.
He also has a programme called ‘Lowveld Today’ which is a series of documentaries that focus on communities in the Lowveld.
YALI was initiated by former US president Barrack Obama in 2014 and is the flagship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which began 2010. Submissions to participate in the programme are done online and the selection is done in the USA. Semi-finalists are notified and interviewed at the United States’ embassies in different countries.
Ndlovu said he was honored for the opportunity to develop his skills and passion within a big network of like-minded people.
“I feel contented and thankful to those who support my work. Being among 42 Zimbabweans to visit USA on this fellowship is a great honor to me. We are 700 across Africa and I will utilise the opportunity to increase my experience in the field of media studies,” said Ndlovu.
Ndlovu will arrive in USA on June 19 for a leadership track is Civic Engagement at Indiana University. He will also travel to Washington Dc for a concluding three day summit with all the fellows.
During the summit, he will have the opportunity to interact with US leaders in the field of business, governance and the non-profit sector.