Obama’s emotional farewell to young leaders

obamaBy MTHULISI SIBANDA in Johannesburg , SA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – OUTGOING United States President Barack Obama has bade youth in the continent farewell, thanking them for making positive changes in their communities during his tenure.
The first African-American President of the States is vacating the office he assumed in 2009, to make way for successor, the controversial Donald Trump.
One of Obama’s legacies is the Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali).
“As I leave office, I wanted to take a moment to thank you,” he said in a message to young leaders.
“Whether you are an entrepreneur, work for an NGO, serve your government, or are still a student, you have proven that you are prepared to tackle the challenges we face as global citizens,” he added.
He said wherever he had travelled, he had seen the impact of this generation.
“You aren’t waiting for permission; you’re taking action where you see the greatest need,” he said.
“I’ve seen firsthand the remarkable efforts of the nearly half a million young people that are a part of the Young Leaders Initiatives in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.”
He noted the youths’ fight for sexual rights, the disabled and for reversing climate change among others.
“You’re starting businesses that are helping your economies grow. And, you’re using music and art to fight violent extremism and promote pluralism.”
Obama pledged while he would no longer be president of the United States, he would continue to find ways to empower young leaders across the world.
– CAJ News

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