Essan Emile Ako has worked for the last four years as the managing director of Radio Arc-en-Ciel, a community-based radio station in the Abobo community in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Ako was selected as a participant in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative, a US government program, in 2015.

Ako holds a master’s degree in English linguistics from the Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan.

  •  January 9, 2017 
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The 2008 United States presidential election was an incredible time for me, here in West Africa. The election contributed to shaping my leadership skills and affected the course of my life. I used to take part in events at the US Embassy in Abidjan, our country’s commercial capital, as a …

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