Manka'ah Che

2019 Fellowship Alumna, Cameroon

YALI10 Competition, Semi-Finalist: My YALI Give Back Journey

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Wilson Center, opened a competition under the theme“YALI at 10: My Life, My Community, and My World.” Selected submissions were showcased at the YALI tenth anniversary virtual summit in May 2021, where a decade of YALI change-makers and their achievements were celebrated.  Submissions included a variety of media, including videos, short essays, poems, songs, spoken word, and sketches.

We’re proud that several Fellowship Alumni were among the finalists and semi-finalists in the contest, including 2019 Fellowship Alumna Manka’ah Che from Cameroon who studied Leadership in Civic Engagement at Appalachian State University.

Please note that competition entries reflect the thoughts and opinions of Fellowship Alumni and may not reflect views of the U.S. Government.

My YALI Give Back Journey

In the below video, titled “My YALI Give Back Journey,” Manka’ah discusses her work as founder and coordinator of the Nutrition and Sustainable Development Association, an organization that empowers, engages, and equips communities for sustainable health and development by bridging the health care gap in Cameroon.

Learn more about the other YALI 10 Competition winners.

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