Obama Renames Africa Program for Mandela
President Barack Obama welcomed the inaugural class of young African leaders to Washington Monday, drawing cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The youngsters are participating in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there.
“We have to make sure that we’re all seizing the extraordinary potential of today’s Africa — the youngest and fastest-growing continent,” Obama said. He said the world’s security and prosperity depends on “a strong, prosperous and self-reliant Africa.”