By Vera Anyagafu
The US Consulate General in Lagos, over the weekend, in a graduation ceremony, honored nineteen (19) young Nigerians who formed the 2018 cohort of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative.
The graduation ceremony which saw the emergence of the health team, ‘Project Alafia’ as the Team of the Year, and Hammed Alabi, a leading member of the Education group, as the Fellow of the Year Award, according to US Consul General John Bray is quite commendable.
The CG, while commending the graduating fellows for their selfless service and commitment to stimulating positive social change, at the event which also celebrated the fellows’ work in underserved communities, highlighted the positive impact the initiative has had on local communities since its inception in 2011.
According to him, “Our fellows made us very proud again this program year, as they executed group projects on improving civil liberty, promoting economic empowerment, education and health in different communities. Their smart planning, hard work, and passion have led to positive change and inspired others, as they in turn, developed strong leadership skills in the process.”
He also added, “The CYFI program is near and dear to us at the U.S. Consulate General Lagos. Through it, we are connected to Nigerian youth. CYFI gives us a front-row seat to witness and learn from their dynamism. The future of Nigeria is in the hands of young people such as these and we know that you will lead your country forward.”
Also giving a goodwill message, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, who was in company of his wife, Dr. Arese Carrington congratulated the 2018 cohort and urged them to remain exemplars of honesty and concern for the welfare of the less privileged.
Named after former Ambassador Carrington, who championed civil liberties and democracy in Nigeria, the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society.