Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative

The CYFI program is an early to mid-career development program for Nigerian-based young professionals across sectors.

Our Mission

To empower youth in Nigeria to promote civil liberties, good governance, public health, education, and entrepreneurship.

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills, and experience to design and implement projects that will have a positive impact on Nigerian society. The inspiration for CYFI, former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy, and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria. CYFI fellows are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice.


Our Faculty

Dr. Bankole Allibay

Consultant, World Bank Group

Margaret Jackson

Managing Partner, Rainbow Consults

Gbenga Ogunbowale

Joy Ehinor-Esezobor

Program Manager, West Africa

CYFI Fellows

Meet the current fellows of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative

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CYFI Projects

Every year CYFI Fellows in groups of 2-4 implements projects that address a current issue in Nigeria within the CYFI focus areas.