Peer Mentors – Mandela Washington Fellowship Program


We need peer mentors for The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF).  See mentee profiles below.  Mentors could be faculty, staff, grad students at OSU as well as of course in this case practitioners such as  Extension Educators in the field, etc.  As a Mentor, you are committing to meet with one or several Fellows 2 – 3 times over their stay (mid- June through July), informally just to chat or as schedules allow on site professionally. When you become a mentor for this project you are helping to develop not just a mind but an entire Continent. Consider your participation as an important Summer activity for 2016.


Danso  is currently the Development officer in charge of Management Information system at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture at the Berekum Municipality Brong Ahafo Region Ghana. Danso holds a Bachelor degree in Agriculture and aspiring for Mphil in Postharvest Technology. Danso aims at rendering service in the form of improved technology to farmers in other to improve on their standards of living. Danso aspires to motivate and encourage the vulnerable in the society so that they can live above extreme poverty.

Jackson is an Agribusiness Development Officer in Siaya county. He is also involved in mobilizing self dependency and initiative in the community he works in by providing motivational speeches, linking to them markets and providing free private consultancy and facilitating cottage industries. His role is to facilitate commercialization of  agriculture, coordinate investments in the county especially those related to agriculture. He longs to effect change in the area he works in and be a champion of progress in bigger roles.

Yaovi  is a humanitarian professional from Niger. He is currently working as Senior Budget and Programming Assistant with the United Nations in the area of extreme poverty and hunger eradication through the World Food Programme. He has proven experience in relief and emergency operations including the West Africa Ebola emergency. Outside his professional work, He plays a key role of youth leader within his community working to empower the future generation of leaders who are mostly kids and teenagers.

Cosmos is a graduate research assistant at the Institute of Food Security, University of Agriculture Makurdi Benue state Nigeria. He is 32 years old graduate of agricultural economics and extension. He is married and has two children, his main aspiration is to impact positively on lives of his community and lead them from impoverishment through sustainable agricultural development.

Balarabe is an academic with expertise in food safety. His major professional interest is on ensuring food safety through collective efforts of government, producers and consumers. Currently, he is working on consumer attitude tracker with emphasis on food safety to establish cost effective ways to raise public awareness on food safety measures and rapid alert systems when problems arise.

Fatou is an agronomy engineer working with Enda since 5 years. She is coordinating the milk value chain program in Ferlo (Senegal) area, which promotes the access of the breeders to solar energy. She supports development of rural entrepreneurship of women breeders and creation of their small compagny to have stable income. Fatou is an active member of the district council and participates in the waste management. She expects in the future to be a decision-maker in her country and contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities.


Bahati  is a Regulatory Service Officer at Sugar Board of Tanzania (SBT).His duties and responsibility is to assist in preparing evaluation reports and recommendations on registration activities concerning the Sugar industry, Implementing approved regulatory services work plans in line with theSugar Act, Compiling production and marketing statistics and draft reports. My goals is to become a leader so that I can be involved in decision making because the great challenge facing our community is the issue of decision making.

Emmanuel  is an agricultural Soil Scientist by training, working for the National Agricultural Research Organization of Uganda. Part of his professional work involves training farmers and extension officers on soil and water conservation, crop agronomy, postharvest handling, agricultural input management. His aspiration is to advance sustainable and climate-smart agricultural production in Sub Saharan Africa through promotion of soil health management for enhanced food security and nutrition in an environmentally friendly manner.

For additional questions and other details, please contact or Laura Joseph at the Center for African Studies:

Thank you.



Chris O. Igodan, Ph. D
Professor: Agriculture and International Development
Department of Extension
College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CFAES)
The Ohio State University
16 Agricultural Administration Building,
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: (614) 247-8405 Office /(614)-292-5100 Fax

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