President Barack Obama is honoring one of his personal mentors with a public act--renaming an African fellowship program for Nelson Mandela, the late Nobel Peace Prize winner who was a hero in much of the world for his fight against apartheid in South Africa. The fellowship is currently called the "Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders."
Obama launched a "Young African Leaders Initiative" in 2010 in an effort to influence more young Africans--and to counterbalance the increasing influence of China in Africa. The president will announce the renaming officially on Monday, along with a "series of new public-private partnerships involving Africa," according to USA Today.
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