Nile Post journalist Jonah Kirabo is set to represent Uganda in a Turkish annual leadership programme.
Named Local International, the programme gathers recent university graduates and students across the globe every year in Turkey’s capital city; Ankara and other cities in Turkey such as Istanbul, Gaziantep and Kahramanmaraş to provide them with local governance training through instructions, practical governance and field visits including social activities and trips within Turkey. All expenses are covered by Turkey’s Union of Municipalities (TBB).
2019 will be the first time that a Ugandan is selected to attend this conference that has been happening annually since 2012 with Kirabo being the first and only Ugandan that was selected.
Other participants will include young journalists, researchers and young leaders from China, Chile, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Qatar, Malaysia among other countries, all totalling up to 46.
An excited Kirabo told this website that over ten Ugandans applied for the programme this year but he was Uganda’s only successful applicant.
“Over ten of Ugandans applied for the programme according to the data I got but it was only me to be selected. This is not easy and I want to thank God for the opportunity. This will also be the first time that a Ugandan is selected for this which makes me a pioneer,” he said in part.
Kirabo told this website that he hopes to use the skills from the conference to boast his journalism and leadership career coming back.
The conference will take place in Turkey between 18th – 29th August 2019.
About Jonah Kirabo
Aged 22, Jonah Kirabo is a recent graduate of Business Administration from Makerere University.
Despite pursuing a business degree, Jonah has always had a passion for journalism and leadership. While at Campus, he worked as a news reporter for several blogs and local websites including BigEye.ug and Campus Eye before joining the Nile Post in 2018 where he is currently employed.
Kirabo is also a current student of journalism and media at the Kansanga based Media Challenge Initiative.