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Panel discussion at Penrose House to feature young African leaders

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Moussa Hassan Abdillahi, Elyan Edwige Barbara Vololonarivelo, and Emile Uwezowamungo discuss entrepreneurship and community development in Africa.

A Tuesday panel discussion hosted by the El Pomar Foundation will feature young African leaders who are working to build stronger connections between the U.S. and their home countries.

Titled "Entrepreneurship Opportunities and Community Development: Perspective from Across Africa," the talk will be held 4 p.m. at the Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs.

The free two-hour event features three fellows from the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, including Moussa Hassan Abdillahi of Djibouti and Elyan Edwige Barbara Vololonarivelo of Madagascar, who are working with Pikes Peak United Way in Colorado Springs and Project C.U.R.E. in Denver, respectively.

Another fellow, Emile Uwezowamungu of Burundi, is hosting the panel discussion.

The fellowship "embodies the U.S. government's commitment to invest in the future of Africa," the El Pomar Foundation said in a news release. After six weeks of training in leadership, networking and skill building and a presidential summit in Washington, D.C., a select group of fellows moved on to an internship with a U.S. organization.