One of the opportunities I wish I had enjoyed more of during my university education was Leadership opportunities.
This is because I believe leadership, good leadership, is an important skill that everyone should have an experience of.
Sadly, the reality is that there are not enough leadership opportunities to go round, so most students usually end their tertiary education with little or no leadership experience.
And we are currently in unprecedented times. From EndSars Protests in Nigeria, to Black lives Matter protests in America – we are constantly reminded of how important great leadership can be in improving the lives & well-being of people. And you really can’t be a good leader without actually being in a leadership position and getting First-hand experience of what it means to be a leader.
This is why I am more than excited to share that Applications for the 2021 Tell! African Fellowship is now open.
The fellowship seeks to build the next generation of creative leaders by providing them with funding and support to lead, host and launch creative events/initiative in their various universities/tertiary institutions.
In 2020, we selected 6 top leaders from 6 universities in Nigeria. These amazing people went on to leverage on their community and capacity building skills to engage their Tell! community members and launch social-impact based projects. Through this, we were able to interact with over 2,000 young creatives across Nigeria, giving them a medium to tell their stories and voice their ideas.
At the University of Ilorin, under the leadership of Aisha Ndaman Alhassan – a 3rd year Law student at the University, we organized various capacity building events and workshops that kept young people engaged even in the middle of a paradigm-shifting pandemic.
At LAUTECH University, under the leadership of Precious Adetunji- a 3rd year Chemical engineering student at the University, we organized our first ever virtual Creativity Bootcamp. At Babcock University, under the leadership of Emmanuella James- a 2nd year law student, we had career-based conversations and writing challenges. At the University of Lagos, under the leadership of Benita Riagbayire – a 3rd year law student, we published our first ever community-based Anthology.
Similar activities and events were organized at the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo Tell! Communities, led by Joy Eguaoje (a 3rd year law student) and Ayomitide Aina ( a 4th year Physiotherapy student) respectively. You can get more details of our 2020 Tell! African Fellowship here.
This year, we are looking to expand the scope of this initiative, to reach more young Africans across various countries in Africa, and our goal is simple:
To provide creative young Africans from various universities across Africa with the opportunity to build their leadership skills by providing them with the skills, mentorship, funding and support to lead, host and launch creative initiatives in their various universities.
Personally, I believe Leadership, good leadership can solve alot of the problems we currently face in Africa, and the world. But we need to start from the grassroots. We need to show young people that their voices matter and they are capable of great impact, no matter how young they are.
To apply for the 2021 Tell! African Fellowship programme, kindly click here.
Deadline for application is April 30th, 2021
We are also actively seeking support and partnerships to ensure that this programme runs smoothly. If you would like to partner with us, kindly click here