#YALI2019

I Came, I Saw Cardi B and I Conquered #YALI2019
I Came, I Saw Cardi B and I Conquered #YALI2019

It must have been the first week when one of my favourite programme assistants let it slip during orientation that Cardi B was coming to Lincoln, Nebraska. I knew for sure that I wasn’t at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by accident. It had been fated by the powers that be. They had seen it fit for me to see my…

My #YALI2019 Alpha Familia
My #YALI2019 Alpha Familia

Before we had secured the American visas, the program admin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln called us for short conversations about our expectations, interests and how they can make the Mandela Washington Fellowship more relevant to each and every one of us. Booking a time for this call was tough due to the 7 hour time difference. There was no…

#YALI2019 Ignite Talks: In Loving Memory of Dad
#YALI2019 Ignite Talks: In Loving Memory of Dad

Let the games begin! Ignite Talks are mini TedTalk style presentations about anything that’s important to you or you’re passionate about. I knew we were gonna have to do these Ignite Talks from the Pre-Departure Orientation. The Embassy had kinda brought it up. By kinda I mean, they brought it up and explained why being selected is prestigious. So, 700…

I Was Gonna Be the ‘Valedictorian’
I Was Gonna Be the ‘Valedictorian’

I was back like I never left. Woke up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The sun was shining brighter than ever. The birds were chirping melodiously. This was me, in the United States of America. My excitement was renewed. Showed up to class just beaming! I’d had an amazing breakfast to make up for the downtime. There’s no such thing as…

We Need Women Who Are Wild, Wild, Wild
We Need Women Who Are Wild, Wild, Wild

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote “well-behaved women seldom make history” in a 1976 and when I saw it I just thought well yeah, Bad Girl RiRi didn’t make history by conforming or being a good girl. Anyways, being in the lecture room with 24 other African leaders has taught me some things about how manners could be…

#YALI2019 Two Days Later…I Crashed
#YALI2019 Two Days Later…I Crashed

Yep. It was only 48 hours since I had landed in the land of the free and I crashed. We were approaching the end of the day when I started feeling like everything was loud. I couldn’t gather my thoughts and the room was crowded. My body was spinning like I’d been doing donuts in the gusheshe. I knew something…

#YALI2019 I Found My Super Strengths! Find Out Yours
#YALI2019 I Found My Super Strengths! Find Out Yours

We took the Clifton Strengths test. This test was administered so that we may be aware of our strengths so that we may make better use of them. I wasn’t surprised by my results but I was a little disappointed that I don’t have any “executing” strengths or “manual labour” active strengths. Listed below are my top 5 strengths in…

#YALI2019 The American Visa Interview
#YALI2019 The American Visa Interview

I woke up in my hotel bed. By woke up, I mean I got out of bed because I hadn’t slept a wink. Imagine having gone through all the preparations and paperwork just to be denied a visa last minute. The thought made me weak. At this point God was tired of my prayers related to the visa or the…

The First #YALI2019 Interview and it Wasn’t the Last
The First #YALI2019 Interview and it Wasn’t the Last

I got into the interview room and the panelists introduced themselves. I could only recognise two. They say it’s important to catch their names so that when they ask questions you can address them by name. Trying to catch their names was like trying to catch smoke with a net. Between the nerves, adrenaline and relief, my body didn’t have…

How I Nearly Missed My #YALI2019 Interview
How I Nearly Missed My #YALI2019 Interview

I had made it to the interview stage! WhatsApp’d my mentor the good news. But now, I had to prepare for the interview. I researched online how the Mandela Washington Fellowship interview is structured, what kind of questions they ask and what I need to bring. The consensus was, “Know your application through and through.” This is because they will…

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