Nkechi Udegboka

2016 Fellow from Nigeria

Tessie Nkechi Udegboka has 10 years of experience working to improve the lives of people living with HIV and women and youth in rural/impoverished areas. Currently, Tessie is the executive director of WHAIafrica, where she supports start-up entrepreneurs from environmentally-disadvantaged communities in their efforts to build sustainable means of income. In this role, she recruits and mentors volunteers, who offer capacity-building resources and training to ease the challenges of vulnerable youth living in poor communities. Tessie is certified in Entrepreneurship Management and Non-Profit Leadership from Lagos Business School and has acquired developmental skills in journalism, women’s and youth empowerment, and sustainability, among other sectors. Through her participation in the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Tessie has built relationships with U.S. collaborators that have made an impact in her target communities.

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