Cynthia Ndubuisi, a young Nigerian social entrepreneur on MicroMentor, recently came to the United States to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Cynthia joined other young African leaders to spend six weeks studying business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management. After her academic residency at Dartmouth College, Cynthia participated in a three-day Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit hosted by President Obama Washington, D.C.
Here is President Obama addressing the group of Young African Leaders:
Cynthia also was interviewed live by the U.S. Department of State in a program entitled “GIST TechConnect Africa: Best Practices for Growing Your Venture”. On the program, viewers engaged with Cynthia and other leading African entrepreneurs from across the continent, as they discussed best practices for technology venture development in Africa from the idea to the growth stage.
Here is the full broadcast:
Here is the segment where Cynthia speaks about MicroMentor:
Now, Cynthia is a mentor herself. Cyndy has founded Confident Women to mentor young women and teach them about home management, family relationships and how to make liquid soap so they could start their own small-scale businesses. The businesswoman later changed the name of Confident Women to the CAMY Foundation after collaborating with a partner in Zimbabwe who wanted a similar mentoring model in her country. CAMY Foundation now has more than 450 women members in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.