The Future Awards winners selected for US Leadership Programme

The Future Project is pleased to announce its nomination of three brilliant alumni of The Future Awards for the United States Government’s International Visitors Leadership Programme, anchored in Nigeria by the US Public Affairs Section (PAS). Three past winners of the awards were nominated and accepted for the programme this year including Mosunmola Umoru (Business Owner of the Year 2009), Toyosi Akerele (Best Use of Advocacy 2008) and Akin Rotimi (Team of the Year 2010).

“One of the goals of The Future Awards is to inspire leadership: to expose a new generation of Nigerian leaders to globally accepted tools and resources to redirect our state of affairs as a nation,” said Adebola Williams, founding partner of the project. “It is also part of our functions as a youth resource firm, and we are grateful to the PAS for creating opportunities, yearly, for young Nigerians to expand their minds and range of opportunities.”

Mosunmola Umoru, runs Honeysuckle ventures – owners of the Farmshoppe and attended a multi-regional program about “Women and Entrepreneurship” (May 2 – May 20, 2011), Toyosi Akerele, founder and chief executive of RISE was in the United States from April 25 – May 31, 2011 for the US Political Process for young leaders – a regional project for Africa, and Akin Rotimi, who presently works with the Ekiti State Government, will be part of the Africa Regional Project on Conflict Resolution which would take place from June 27 – July 15, 2011.

The International Visitor Leadership programme is an initiative of the U.S Embassies around the world. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.

It will be remembered that another founding partner of the Project, Chude Jideonwo, was nominated in 2009, visiting 8 states of the United States alongside representatives from at least 15 other countries across the world.

These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. They will be attending one of world's most prestigious gatherings where people from different races and countries who have distinguished themselves in media, politics and governance are selected to represent their country and in the process, create a friendly association with the culture and social life of the American people.

To find out more about the IVLP: http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/ivlp.html
To find out more about The Future Project: http://thefuturenigeria.com

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