How is America? How is your friends? Daddy there is war in Buea. They shoot guns every night. When are you coming to take us? Don’t forget to buy a video game. I love you. Bye.”
African Youth as Change Makers
Meet the Fellows
SIBA KOULEMOU, Republic of Guinea
Siba Koulemou has ten years of experiences in education and community service. He is an English language teacher and the president of the American Studies Teachers’ Association in Guinea (ASTAG). With ASTAG, he researches Guinean history and collects reliable data for future generations. Additionally, he volunteers his time to improve the quality of education in his home country and is addressing the civic needs of citizens through an NGO called ‘’Citoyens de Demain.’’ He provides free English and adult literacy classes to communities near Conakry. Siba is completing his Professional Development Experience at the National Endowment for Democracy.
LUPAI SAMUEL K. STEPHEN, South Sudan
Lupai Samuel K Stephen is a peace activist and the Founder/Director of the I AM PEACE Initiative— a youth-led NGO which focuses on creating a peaceful environment by empowering young people to be agents of positive change through education and entertainment. Lupai has over seven years’ experience in radio broadcasting where he worked as a presenter, producer and music director in various radio stations including Eye radio, City FM, Capital FM, Classic FM, Voice of the People radio and Radio Amani. Lupai, through his media experience, is an event’s host and a debate moderator. His hobbies are; listening to music, watching films/movies, going out with friends and swimming.
NASREEN ALI MOHAMED, Kenya
Nasreen Ali Mohamed is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer CFO at Cherehani Africa, a social enterprise that leverages mobile technology to provide financial education and credit to women and adolescent girls who own micro-enterprises. Nasreen controls and manages internal finances, financial reporting, capital structure and accounting at Cherehani Africa and is passionate in ensuring that resources are deliberately allocated to products and services with the most positive impact on women micro-entrepreneurs. She is also a mentor to disadvantaged girls at the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC), a trainer to former sex workers at Ndori Rehabilitation Centre and in several other women and youth empowerment groups. Nasreen holds a BA in Business Management from University of Sunderland, UK and an Advanced Diploma in Business and Law from Edith Cowan University, Australia. She is currently pursuing her Professional Development Experience at Grameen Foundation, Washington DC. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Nasreen aims to be able to work with other African leaders who are pursuing poverty eradication – with a focus on women empowerment.
CLIFFORD NIBA AKONTEH, Cameroon
Clifford Niba Akonteh completed his fellowship under the Civic Leadership Track at the Presidential Precinct and is currently doing his Professional Development Experience at the International Republican Institute. He is a barrister at law from Cameroon and a partner at the Poubom and Partners Law Firm. He has over ten years’ experience in civil society and youth development in the domain of the rule of law, peace, democracy and human rights. He is the Central African Executive Director of the Youth Alliance for Leadership, Development in Africa, a youth development network existing in 40 African Universities and 16 African Countries. He serves as the National Coordinator of the Movement for Democracy, Development and Transparency (MDDT), an NGO that focuses on youth in human rights, democracy and peace. Clifford is currently pilot of the “Not Too Young to Vote Campaign,” aimed at building a platform and mobilizing 2 million young Cameroonians, to advocate for non-violence, electoral justice, to register, to vote and to run for office.
MAMADU SAIBANA BALDE, Guinea Bissau
Mamadu Saibana Balde is a project manager, social entrepreneur, and activist. He has a degree in African Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. Balde is the founder and chief executive officer of Tchintchor. He is a young professional, with five years of work experience in the field of youth, citizenship, and education. Balde has national and international experience as a volunteer, working with young people and in the domain of citizenship, as well as participation in national and international conferences. Balde is completing his Professional Development Experience at the National Democratic Institute.