Rafiat Atanda, an alumnus of the Lagos State University, has been selected as one of the 20 Fellows of the 2021 class of Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative; a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the US Consulate General, Lagos.
This year, Carrington Fellowship recorded 1139 applicants, 70 semi-finalists and 20 finalists.
The Carrington Youth Fellowship (CYFI) brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills, and experience to design and implement projects that will have a positive impact on Nigerian society. The inspiration for CYFI, former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy, and closer ties between the U. S. and Nigeria. CYFI Fellows are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice.
Prior to this Fellowship, Rafiat Atanda graduated as the best student in the Department of English, and was a lead debater who represented the Lagos State University excellently at various debate competitions. Rafiat currently works as a Communications Officer in a leading financial institution and is proudly a ONE Champion in Nigeria.
As Rafiat Atanda looks forward to working closely with other Fellows in promoting the ideals and mission of the CYFI program in Nigeria, we congratulate her on this feat and wish her the very best in her endeavours