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African Business Leaders Visit Quad Cities

Loressia Frazier

A group of young business leaders from Africa visited the Quad Cities today as part of the US State Department's Young African Leadership Initiative. Twenty-five Mandela Fellows have come to the US to learn ways to improve their skills and help their communities when they return home. 

Ameth Diallo, from Senegal, wants to start a new business.  
Another Mandela Fellow, AjiRohey, is from Gambia and has a degree in management, and is planning what she calls a "home-care start-up." She says unemployed young people in Gambia can get jobs helping people in their homes.  

"We have a high unemployment rate in our country..."

John Siboniyo worked as a journalist in Burundi but quit due to political unrest. He's since started Ever Clean City, a trash collection and recycling business. 


"I enjoy the training..."

The 25 Mandela Fellows took a tour of Augustana's campus before heading to WIU-QC to learn about supply chain management. They will spend six weeks in the US before heading home.