Kerry to host Twitter chat with young African leaders


John+KerryU.S Secretary of State John Kerry will on Friday host a Twitter chat to engage with members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network.

The twitter chat will answer questions about his recent trip to Africa and U.S. policy in the region.

YALI is President Barack Obama’s signature effort to invest in an emerging generation of African entrepreneurs, public leaders, activists, and innovators.

According to the U.S. State Department, through YALI, the U.S. would provide training, tools, and technology to support young African leaders, connecting them to each other, the U.S. and opportunities to develop themselves and their communities.

While in Africa last week, Kerry met with both YALI graduates and 2014 finalists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Luanda, Angola.

In Addis Ababa, the YALI participants were invited to attend the Secretary’s speech on U.S. commitment to Africa.

In Kinshasa, the secretary participated in a micro-finance event highlighting how one dedicated alumnus chose to give back to her own community after returning from her fellowship programme.

In Luanda, Kerry met participants in the 2014 YALI Washington fellowship and discussed what they hoped to accomplish.

This summer, 500 young African leaders will come to the U.S. as Washington Fellows.

They will attend academic institutions at 20 U.S. universities, and gather for a summit with President Obama.

More than 60,000 young African leaders are already engaging with the U.S. Government and connecting with

Kerry’s Twitter chat can be followed using the hashtag YALICHAT on Twitter during the event.

The highlights of the event can also be viewed on the YALI Network Facebook page.

The State Department said questions can be submitted in advance via Twitter using YALICHAT and @YALINetwork on Twitter. (PANA/Naija247news)

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