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App State's Newest Young Fans


Meet 554 of App State’s newest fans, spreading Mountaineer pride throughout the world with App State gear donated by the University Bookstore in conjunction with the Mandela Washington Fellows and the Office of International Education and Development.


Charles Ikezemuoka and Tinashe Basa individually run orphanages for children aged five to 23 in Nigeria and Zimbabwe respectively. The two attended Appalachian State University for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute, and were connected to the University Bookstore through Jesse Lutabingwa, Associate Vice Chancellor, International Education and Development.


The smiling faces in these photos are wearing game day t-shirts that were misprinted with the opponent’s name misspelled. Rather than throwing the t-shirts away, the University Bookstore saw this as an opportunity to spread Mountaineer cheer and contacted departments who may know of an interested group.


Now, Ikezemuoka and Basa can continue to share their Appalachian experience with the children who have their own connection through their App State t-shirts.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX,  is designed to empower young people through coursework, leadership training, and networking. Appalachian State has been a host for the institute since 2016. Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa.


To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which will be occurring again this Summer, visit the Office of International Education and Development’s website.