Malawian woman awarded MILEAD fellowship

The Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development (MILEAD) has announced the 2013 fellows, amongst them is a Malawian, Lusungu Kalanga.

“From over 2,120 applications from 44 countries, I have been selected amongst other 25 women from across Africa. We  will become part of the growing MILEAD community of powerful Pan-African network of change makers- a new generation of young women leaders,”  24-year-old Kalanga, a gruadutae of University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, told Nyasa Times.

Kalanga will join 27 other fellows who will converge in Accra, Ghana to kick-start a yearlong 2013 MILEAD Leadership Institute with a three week intensive training programme which will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.

The programme will accord the fellows gain knowledge on cutting edge issues which are critical to African women and their communities.

Lusungu Kalanga: Delighted
Lusungu Kalanga: Delighted

Kalanga, who is member of a Young Women Leaders Network (YWLN), could not hide her joy as she shared her achievement with fellow group members.

“As a member of YWLN, I am proud to share my receipt of this fellowship award. I’ll represent Malawi as one of Africa’s emerging young women leaders together with other 27 ladies from across Africa,” Kalanga wrote on YWLN Facebook group.

YWLN is an organisation for young women making a difference in Malawi in order to put into a cycle successes by young women and girls.

According to Moremi Initiative Women’s Leadership in Africa website, the fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

“The Institute will serve as platform for fellows to cross examine concepts of leadership in abroad african context, cultivate the skills and experiences necessary to occupy and excel in leadership positions,” reads the statement on the website.

In addition to knowledge building lectures, skills training workshops, team building exercises, role plays and other interactive activities, fellows will be mentored by experienced and accomplished women leaders who are committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of African women leaders.

MILEAD programme identifies young Africa women with potential and passion for transformational leadership roles and prepares them through rigorous training to take such roles.

Kalanga said the development “brings pride to our country.”

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