ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT DEBORAH OLUWAGBEMINIYI AKINTAYO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

African Leadership University | Kigali, Rwanda | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 1

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" Creativity, coupled with imagination, and resilience fuel my writing and my being. I love diversity, and joining the Millennium Fellows will introduce me to a diverse network of unique individuals I hope to learn from and with. I hope to enhance my creativity and imagination even further by tackling specific UNAI and SDG goals and to spark a passion for conservation in my community and on my continent. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Community Garden

The Community Gardening Club, through the construction of campus community gardens aims to promote the social, environmental, and nutritional benefits of sustainable gardening at The African Leadership University Campus (Rwanda). Community gardens will promote interaction with the natural world and facilitate interdisciplinary pursuits at ALU by providing a unique outdoor learning environment, while also providing a tangible sense of place to a predominantly transient student body, and sponsoring a girl child within the ALU campus to school. Since the community garden will be located on campus, they will act as a link to other clubs by offering a shared area for teaching and learning. The club will engage in tree planting activities across the city of Kigali and its environs.

About the Millennium Fellow

Deborah Akintayo is a young, quick-witted, and highly proactive Global Challenge student at The African Leadership University. Although born in Lagos, Nigeria, she studies in Rwanda. Deborah has always been passionate about writing. Writing has been an outlet for expression and freedom. Lately, she has also discovered an interest in conservation and is also a conservation scholar. Deborah thinks that conservation stories are not communicated impactfully. And she hopes to correct that with her writing by harnessing the power of stories to ignite a passion for conservation, especially for children in Africa. "Catch Them Young" is a slogan she often uses. If caught early enough, she believes that children can contribute immensely to the already burning fire of conservation in Africa and the world.