Obama announces launch of program in Africa

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Since leaving the Oval Office, former President Barack Obama has taken his  efforts globally, hosting and speaking at multiple events as he seeks to influence young people around the world.

Obama posted two statements on Twitter Monday afternoon, announcing his latest project in Africa:

We’re excited to announce Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa, a one-year program to train and support 200 emerging leaders from across the continent to drive positive change throughout Africa.

These talented young people will create a better future not just in Africa, but around the world. I can’t wait to spend some time with @ObamaFoundation Leaders and look forward to honoring the Mandela legacy in Johannesburg this summer.

Additional details of the project were outlined on the Obama Foundation website:

Over the course of the last year, President Obama has met with emerging leaders from nearly every corner of the globe to hear from young civic leaders and better understand how the Obama Foundation can support their work. From Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, India, Singapore and New Zealand — we’ve heard first-hand what resources and skills are required to have an impact, what’s already working on the ground, and the universal themes and values that tie this work together across geographic, political, and cultural differences.

Today, we’re taking another step in our efforts to support and develop the next generation of leaders. We’re excited to announce Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa, a year-long initiative to inspire, empower, and connect 200 emerging leaders from across Africa to take on the biggest challenges in their communities, countries, and continent.

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