Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) / Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2020 (Fully Funded the US) September 2019 | Latest Jobs in Nigeria 2019 in Nigeria


Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) / Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2020 (Fully Funded the US) September 2019 | Latest Jobs in Nigeria 2019 in Nigeria

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)[1]. Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2020 for a comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.


Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered;
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate, USAID, and other U.S. Government entities);
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English (applicants who are deaf should refer to the English Language instructions on the Resources page[2]);
  • Are citizens and residents of eligible countries (to be announced); and
  • Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.


  • Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute[3] at a U.S. college or
    university to share your experiences with and to learn from
    Americans and other Fellows.
  • Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise.
  • Attend a Summit[4] with young African leaders in Washington, D.C.
  • Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders.
  • Strengthen your work through new connections, skills, and ideas.
  • Join a continental and global Alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;
  • Strong social and communication skills;
  • An energetic, positive attitude;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track; and
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.

Application Timeline

  • September 12, 2019 | Application opens
  • October 9, 2019 | Application deadline
  • December 2019 – February 2020 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
  • Late March 2020 | Applicants are notified of their status
  • May 2020 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for Finalists
  • Mid-June 2020 | Fellowship begins in the United States

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2020[5]

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  1. ^ Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) (
  2. ^ Resources page (
  3. ^ Leadership Institute (
  4. ^ Summit (
  5. ^ Visit the Official Webpage of the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2020 (
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Earlier this month, the Python Software Foundation (a group of volunteers who look after the Python programming language) announced publicly that it will sunset Python 2 as of January 1, 2020. From that date on, even if a security problem is found in Python 2, PSF won’t do anything about it.

The sunsetting of this old version of Python has been in the works for some time. After all, Python 3 was launched 11 years ago, and the original intention was to stop supporting Python 2 in 2015. Out of the kindness of its heart, the Python Software Foundation agreed to keep supporting the old version until 2020 in the express belief that “the extra 5 years is sufficient to transition off of Python 2… if not before.” Actually, considering the amount of legacy Python 2 code out there, that was probably a good move for everyone, including the harried developers who needed as much time as possible to update everything.

And for some organizations, that extra five years does seem to have been a help. Instagram, for example, moved to Python 3 from Python 2.7 amid much fanfare in 2017, with no issues for its 400 million daily users. Dropbox performed a similar migration between 2015 and 2018

But banks, despite their well-documented love of all things Python, have been dragging their collective feet when it comes to updating.

One of the foot-draggers is JPMorgan, which runs its all-important Athena next-generation pricing, risk management, analysis and trade management platform on Python 2.7. The bank didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article, but sources said JPM is not going to be ready to switch fully to Python 3 by the January 1 deadline. Oh dear.

Although Instagram moved to Python 3 in 2017, it seems JPM’s strategy for transferring Athena to Python 3 only really kicked in by late 2018, and is being handled gradually. This year, the bank has been busy making core Athena code and libraries compatible with Python 3, and expects to have most strategic components compatible by the end of the first quarter of 2020 (i.e., three months after the deadline). However, it’s only by the fourth quarter of 2020 that all legacy Python 2.7 components in Athena will be Py3 compatible, and JPMorgan’s support for Py2 will be dropped completely. 

While JPMorgan is known to still be using Python 2.7, it’s not the only bank in this position. Python 2 is widely used in the finance industry, and banks are not always the fastest to adapt. Goldman Sachs is using Python 3.6 in its open-source quant finance package, but the bank still invites students to take Hackerrank tests in Python 2. Most developers will tell you that banks have huge Python 2 dependencies.

Does this matter? What happens when the Python Software Foundation stops supporting its old language? Clearly, platforms such as Athena will keep working. JPMorgan said last year that it has 2,000 developers working on Athena, and some of them are likely to be diverted to creating security patches. Plus, specialist vendors are offering to support Python 2 beyond the January deadline, and banks can always pay for their services. 

By the middle of next year, then, banks are likely to be some of the last places using Python 2. With most new developers learning Python 3, Python 2 expertise could become a valuable skill for a few months, at least until banks complete their migrations.

This article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.

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