Paper Plate Awards provide special recognition for Washington Mandela Fellows
As the Office of International Programs team looks back on 2023, the highlight that stood out for every staffer was announcing the prestigious Paper Plate Awards, coveted by many but received by only a select few.
The awards were presented to Wayne State’s cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows, 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging public management leaders who visited campus for a six-week summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Fellowship programming included academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement. WSU’s Leadership Institute incorporates community partners from nonprofit organizations and local government and provides myriad cultural activities to exemplify Detroit.
In addition to their scholarly achievements, fellows were recognized for their outstanding personal efforts, warmth, and the friendship they brought to the program. In recognition of such unwavering awesomeness, we are proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Wayne State University Mandela Washington Fellows Paper Plate Awards.
Abay Gosaye Wondi Kindness Counts
Abraham Getachew Kelbore Busy Bee
Bokayo Guyo Halake Speaker of the House
Bounama Senghor Prescription for Courage
Brian Pareno Solonka The DJ
Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Uzoho (Emeka) The Aretha Franklin
Ebenezar Chiemerie Okafor The Celebrity
Emma Louise Powell Mrs. President
Fatoumata Battouly Diallo The Free Bird
Jennifer El Duah Most likely to IGNITE the Crowd
Karen Chiti Chitamaluka Sugar and Spice
Leslee Fanny Way Mother Earth
Merapelo Lechaena Shakedown Queen
Messaoud Ould Braika Light up the Room
Mohammed Ahmed Jalloh The Real Slim Shady
Omar Cham Mr. President
Pape Mikailou Thiaw (Mikail) The Voyager
Purity Wambui Nyaikamba Pocketful of Sunshine
Rabi Adamu Sufi The Caregiver
Rebecca Sikanyani Furaha Doctor without Borders
Reech Majok Deng Malual (Akumric) The Poet
Rosalia Nghitalesheni Joseph Runway Ready
Shamsi Yasin Saady Cool as a Cucumber
Sophie Gomani The Gentle Soul
Tshitenge Wa Tshitenge (Honore) The Paparazzi