By Elkass I.L Sannoh
The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (MILEAD) has selected Miss Adima Etta Yambasu as one of the 25 fellows to participate in a three week intensive training programme, which will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
In an exclusive interview with AYV, Miss Adima Etta Yambasu, who holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and History from the University of Ghana, said that the institute will serve as a platform to cross examine concepts of leadership in a broad African context and cultivate the skills and experience necessary to occupy and excel in leadership positions.
She noted that the training will enable the 25 candidates to acquire more knowledge on cutting edge issues that are critical to African women and their communities.
She explained that the MILEAD Fellows Programme is a long term leadership training programme aimed at developing and promoting Africa`s most promising young women leaders.
Miss Yambasu maintained that fellows will go through a yearlong training and mentoring programme that will build on their existing skills, strengthen networks and support women’s leadership on critical issues.
She expressed appreciation to the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa for recognizing that she possesses good leadership qualities and also has the potential to excel to higher heights, and assured all Sierra Leoneans that she is more than ever committed to serve as an agent of change.
She is the first Sierra Leonean to participate in the MILEAD Fellows Programme.
The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa, founded in 2004 strives to engage, inspire and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, social activists, entrepreneurs, change agents and leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate discrimination against women.
The 2012 MILEAD Fellows represents 25 African countries and the Diaspora that has multi-disciplinary academic, professional and social backgrounds, from poverty to women’s economic empowerment, environmental, justice and political participation.
AYV understands that her achievements in humanitarian work is not just limited in her home country but in other places like Bundumburam refugee Camp in Gomoa, Ghana. She has been working on relief and aid services, assisting and counseling young people especially women who had either been raped or traumatized by years of civil war in the continent.