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Africa Initiative for Governance, AIG, has announced the inaugural recipients of its fully funded scholarships programme.

Five scholarships, according to a statement from AIG, are made available every year to outstanding West Africans from all backgrounds who are passionate about the public sector, to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government, BSG, University of Oxford.

Upon graduation, AIG scholars will be expected to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.

For 2017, the opening year of the Scholarships, AIG according to the statement, elected to fund an additional scholarship, bringing the total number of AIG Scholarships awarded in the year to six.   The 2017 AIG Scholarship recipients are Emokiniovo Akpughe (Nigeria), Efosa Trevor Edobor (Nigeria), Abdul-Fatawu Z. Hakeem (Ghana), Chukwunonso Iheoma (Nigeria), Oluwapelumi Simpson (Nigeria) and Emmanuel Taiwo (Nigeria).

“We are pleased to support our six AIG Scholars in their aspiration to acquire the skills and experience that will enable them elevate their capabilities and contribute meaningfully to the development of their nations,” said Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, AIG Founder and Chairman. “These outstanding, young Africans will return home after their studies as high-performing public servants.”

In June 2016, AIG signed a partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, based on a shared vision of improving the world through good governance and public leadership.

Under the partnership, AIG will fund five scholarships for graduate study at BSG over the next five years.

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