By Ken Keuffel
Mandela fellow Henry Chibutu of Zambia will deliver an “Ignite” talk during the closing group ceremonies of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship at Appalachian State University.
Chibutu will make the same presentation in Washington, D.C., for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit.
Chibutu’s talk “Where are the Leaders? Stand up!” emerged as the winning presentation in a competition for the Appalachian fellows.
Described as TED-like presentations, the three- to five-minute talks are a key part of the leadership training each fellow receives. The aim is to ignite questions and lively conversation among audience members. The talks provide a platform for fellows to share the work they are doing or plan to do in their home countries, or to share thoughts on an issue of importance to them.
Chibutu’s talk was one of three that made it to the finals of the Appalachian competition. The others were Zimbabwean Natalie Tatenda Foti’s “To Serve is to Lead,” and “Poverty among Women: A Weapon of Mass Destruction” by Elodie Alla of Côte D’Ivoire.
Each of the competition’s “Ignite” talks rests on one of three themes: innovation, empowerment or servant leadership. The themes underpinning both Chibutu’s and Foti’s talks are servant leadership. The theme of Alla’s talk is empowerment.
The summit, in addition to networking and panel discussions, will feature an “Ignite” talk by a fellow from each of the institute partners. The audience will include representatives from the U.S. State Department and USAID.
In the event that Chibutu must cancel his presentation, Alla will be the alternate speaker in Boone and Washington, D.C.