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US Government selects SA Star for Obama Leadership Programme

Celebrity choreographer, writer, entrepreneur and official brand Ambassador to the City Of Tshwane, Paul Modjadji, has been selected by the United States Government for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Modjadji will work with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a flagship programme of YALI, in a six weeks intensive leadership training and mentoring course in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, starting 19 June 2015.

Chosen as the top 1% of applicants from Africa and the United States, Modjadji flies the South African flag high in this initiative that embodies commitment to invest in the future of Africa. Through YALI, young leaders gain the skills and connections needed to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

As the Ambassador of SA’s Capital City, choreographer of Africa’s first internationally released made for cinema feature dance film, Hear Me Move, winner of the SA National Heritage Golden Shield Award, two times dance world champion, global brand Ambassador for the International Dance World Cup, founder of Leaders Who Dare To Dream Foundation and author, Modjadji represents the aspirations of the youth and inspires the development of world class African leaders.

This opportunity with President Obama’s YALI programme is an uplifting honour for Modjadji in his progression as an artist and expansion into African leadership. Paul Modjadji expressed his sentiments for this opportunity: “The knowledge and expertise developed through YALI are a valuable resource I will plough back into South Africa as I work to support and develop the values of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. I am grateful for this unique privilege and thank the United States and South African Governments for their willingness to advance Africa through its young leaders.”

Ryan Ingrassia, Public Diplomacy Officer at the US Embassy comments on the significance of YALI: “The US Embassy is thrilled to have a performer of Mr. Modjadji’s talent participate as a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow. While studying in the US, he will have the opportunity to learn with Africans from across the continent and experience the multi-cultural energy of the city of New Orleans. We look forward to the benefits he will bring back to South Africa upon his return.”

Upon completion of his work with YALI, Modjadji returns to continue growing his non-profit organization, Leaders Who Dare To Dream Foundation, by embarking on a programme to reach thousands of young entrepreneurs through his professional development self-improvement book planned for release in 2016.

Issued by Lindsay McDonald

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March 2018






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