Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology alumni – Zubeir Athman Abubakar and Abubakar Mbarak have won the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
The two former students will jet out of the country, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 for a six-week fellowship programme in the United States.
Abubakar and Mbarak are part of a 40 team of fellows drawn from Kenya and a further 660 from across Africa, aged between 25 and 35, who have individually established a record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.
Mr. Abubakar who graduated with a Bachelors in Architectural Technology in November 30, 2018, clinched the opportunity following his advocacy for quality education and SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities.
He has an ongoing project christened; Alfarsy Integrated School, in Lamu whose vision is to build sustainable integrated schools in Mombasa County.
In line with his vision of improving educational standards in Lamu County, Mr. Abubakar in the year 2013, founded an organization called SHESWA (Shella Students Welfare), that mentors and creates healthy transition for the youth from high school to universities through motivational talks.
Abubakar expressed his gratitude for the rare opportunity: “it offers me a platform to find mentors, clients and partners who will present opportunities for career growth,” pointing out sustainability expert in design and construction as another area of interest.
He appreciated JKUAT for preparing him holistically through course work and leadership skills which he said, he acquired when he served as a Jomo Kenyatta University Muslim Students Association leader between the years 2012 and 2015.
Abubakar Mbarak who graduated with a Bachelors in Marine Engineering in November 30, 2018, is the founder of OKOA JAMII online platform, an anonymous gender based violence reporting platform.
Mbarak explained that his idea was borne in JKUAT, and was inspired by the need to resolve domestic conflicts peacefully.
United States of America Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Kyle McCater, lauded the recruits saying they are the next generation of leaders who will make Kenya great.
“Young African Leaders Initiative fellows are only a fraction of the next generation of leaders who will make Kenya great,” wrote Mr. Kyle via a twitter message @USAmbaKenya.
The fellows will be expected to continue the fellowship in Africa where they will be presented with professional development, networking and collaboration opportunities after completion of the programme.