Clark Atlanta University 2016 YALI Fellows

Jul 12, 2016

The Local Take on WCLK welcomes this year's Clark Atlanta University Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows to share their experiences with our listeners. We have covered this annual summer forum for three years running. This year I spoke with three dynamic YALI fellows:

Shibula Mawela from South Africa who is building an impact investment that invest in high-growth, early stage social venture opportunities addressing education, healthcare and energy challenges.  Her company is Tshiamo Impact Partners.

Cleopatra Makoni from Zimbabwe, her company is Interscape Pathfinder who sold "everything" to finance her dream of luxury transportation after her experiences as a disgruntled customer.  Her transportation company is now the market leader and she has expanded her coverage to several southern countries on the continent.

Adebola Williams from Nigeria, his company Red Media Africa runs a media and marketing company that helped to elect the current president. He speaks about media's role in telling stories. He shares his conversation with Mayor Reed regarding the current culture impacting men of the African diaspora. 

The Young African Leaders Initiative was started in the U.S. by President Obama.  Each year 50,000 applications are accepted, this year 1000 fellows are participating in the program at leading colleges and universities across America. 

For more information on the Clark Atlanta University YALI program

L-R Adebola Williams, Cleopatra Makoni, Kiplyn Primus, Shibula Mawela.