Young African Leaders Learn Leadership, Networking, Community Service at Texas Tech

By Karen Michael
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Twenty-five students who are young leaders from several countries in Africa are taking part in a six-week academic and leadership institute at Texas Tech.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

Ettamba Agborndip is a medical doctor who has educated thousands in her home country of Cameroon about maternal and child health. Through her own organization, she works to create health awareness of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

But for the last three weeks, she has been at Texas Tech studying in a leadership program funded by the U.S Department of State, the Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Twenty-five students who are young leaders from several countries in Africa are taking part in a six-week academic and leadership institute. Tech was one of 38 colleges and universities in the U.S. chosen for the program.

Agborndip hopes to continue community education in a bid to improve maternal and child health in Cameroon when she returns, but she said Thursday after a panel discussion about the relationship between the U.S. and Africa that she has learned other lessons in Lubbock.

“One of the things that I personally have picked up from this program is dedication to service,” Agborndip said.

“The people who live here in Lubbock, Texas, are very dedicated to the development of this community. So everybody invests their money, their time, their resources to the development of the community.”

Agborndip said she has observed that from a young age, children in Lubbock are taught to give back to the community.

“This is something that we don’t practice a lot back home, and is something that I personally am going to take back home, to educate people right from the tender ages,” she said.

She said the leadership program has been amazing, and it has opened her mind and those of her classmates.

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