500 ‘Young African Leaders’ to Meet With Obama

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With 60 percent of Africa's population under the age of 35, young people stand to play as important a role in their respective nations' success on the continent as anywhere else in the world.

On Monday, 500 such young people, who have spent the summer honing their skills at U.S. universities, will have an audience with President Barack Obama.

Obama will hold a town hall with the inaugural participants in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, an initiative he announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, White House officials say. The program is designed to connect people identified as "sub-Saharan Africa's most promising young leaders ages 25 to 35" with "established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries" to leadership-training opportunities at American universities.
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