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US Honours Nigerian Lawyer

The United States of American government through its Department of States has honoured a Lagos-based lawyer, Ahmed Adetola-Kaseem, for founding Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative, an organisation championing the cause of less-privileged citizens that were unlawfully detained in prison custody in Nigeria.

Apart from securing the release of the said unlawfully detained underprivileged citizens, PRAI is also involved in their rehabilitation and reintegration into the society following their release from the prison.

Adetola-Kaseem, who was among the 1000 young Africans selected out of the 64,000 applicants for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship, was also recognised and  honoured for establishing a taekwondo club, Q-MADI, targeted at taking underprivileged children off the street and transforming them into responsible champions.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, launched by the Obama administration in 2014, was the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.

In 2017, the fellowship provided the opportunity of mastering skills at the US College or University to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Adetola-Kassem, while expressing his gratitude for the recognition and honour, said he spent six weeks at the Presidential Precinct, where he was  exposed to curriculum that featured three overarching themes including leadership, service, and solutions.

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe
The Punch News

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