A Nigerian Mandela Washington Fellow, John Paul Paul Usman has died in an auto crash in the US.
He died on June 25 due to an accident while hiking near Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he was studying civic leadership as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.
The U.S. Mission in Nigeria and colleagues in the United States has extend their deepest condolence to his family and friends. This is contain in a press statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.
According to the statement; ‘The U.S. Mission to Nigeria and our colleagues in the United States were deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Paul Ojaojogwu Usman. On June 25, John Paul died due to an accident while hiking near Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he was studying civic leadership as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow’.
‘We extend our deepest condolences to John Paul’s family and friends over this tragic loss. John Paul was a rising star, devoted to the causes of sustainable development, children’s rights, and peacebuilding in Nigeria. His selection to the Mandela Washington Fellowship was a tribute to his drive, talent, and dedication to making his country’s civil society even stronger. One of John Paul’s professional mentors at Virginia Tech put it best, “While his time with us was short, he was well loved.” This young man will be remembered fondly as a great citizen ambassador of his country. We mourn his passing’.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI is an annual programme aimed at educating and networking young African leaders with activities including a fellowship to study in the United States for six weeks, follow-up resources, and student exchange programs in some selected universities in the US. Every year, 500 participants from all the African countries are transported to the US by the US government.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.