Creative Entrepreneurship Boot Camp - Lagos

From Austin to Lagos

We are thrilled to announce that Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew, Founder of Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs has been selected for the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program of the U.S. Department of State and the flagship program of former President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities.

The Reciprocal Exchange program supports American professionals in their travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to engage in collaborative projects that demonstrate substantial impact on the community, country or home institution of the Fellow.

Sheila will travel to Lagos, Nigeria in April to partner with Hauwa Liman, Founder of AFRIK ABAYA, a fashion design company to host a Women’s Empowerment Project.

Follow us on our journey to Lagos as we prepare for a once in a lifetime experience!

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Department of State and administered by IREX. This publication was produced independently by Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew and in no way represents official views of the U.S. Government, IREX, or other official entity administering the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange component.


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