We are proud to announce the first cohort of our Next Gen initiative. After a rigorous selection process, these Next Gen Young Leaders have been selected from different fields with diverse experiences but with a common commitment to positively impact the West Africa sub-region.
At a time when there is a decline in democracy in the West African sub-region, with four out of 15 countries in the sub-region going through transition, the shaping and moulding of the next generation of leaders is essential.
The WADEMOS Next Gen initiative is a six-month mentorship program designed to empower and engage young leaders and activists in West Africa to promote and strengthen democracy in the region. The program is thoughtfully crafted to encompass a four-week intensive online session, followed by a two-month mentoring program with a recognized civil society organization, accompanied by research and project work, and a concluding camp meeting that will bring all participants together in Ghana.
Through this comprehensive approach, we aspire to equip the next generation of leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to promote positive change and strengthen democracy in West Africa.
In response to an open invitation for young Africans to participate in this innovative program, we received more than 150 applications from individuals who were committed, enthusiastic, and driven. However, after undergoing a rigorous selection process, the fifteen finalists demonstrated that they not only met the stringent requirements but also possessed the capability and promise to emerge as exceptional young leaders in the sub-region and their respective disciplines in the near future.
The successful applicants are: Ophelia Awinboma Azure (Ghana), Mark Owusu Twumasi (Ghana), Ndey Fatou Nying (Gambia), Zakari Emmanuel (Nigeria), Ohalete Lynda Chiamaka (Nigeria), Kotobidjo Nehemie (Benin), Sadiya Diallo (Burkina Faso), Diallo Aissatou (Guinea), RosÃ¡lia Djedjo (Guinea-Bissau), Malamine Badiane (Senegal), Marina Terry (Sierra Leone), Sialyn Hawah Bockarie (Liberia), Ousman Goulo Abdoulaye (Niger), Pitekelabou-Potchossi Magnudawa (Togo), Tetchi-Yavo N’gbesso Jean-Yves (Ivory Coast).
Every Next Generation Young Leader will be required to complete a 12-week task.. The project should be geared towards democracy and democratic consolidation.
The Next Gen initiative underscores WADEMOS’ quest to help build a new crop of leaders whose leadership skills and commitment to development would be unquestionable. The Network also aims to build the capacities of young leaders, give them exposure, and provide a platform for them to explore their abilities and talents. The Network also aims to bridge the gender gap in leadership on the continent and seeks to ensure diversity, inclusivity, and balance in leadership on the continent.