27 young Africans recognised in first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Awards

27 young Africans from around the commonwealth have been recognised for exceptional services to their community in the first ever Queens Young leaders awards. The 27 young Africans honoured include individuals from Cameroon (3), Kenya (3), Mauritius (3), Namibia (1), Nigeria (4), Rwanda (2), Sierra Leone (1), South Africa (3), Swaziland (1), Tanzania (2), Uganda (2) and Zambia (2).

Sixty young people from across the Commonwealth have been recognised as “exceptional leaders in their community” when the winners of the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award were announced today.

The awards, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in June, as part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrate the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

This year’s award winners, aged between 18 and 29, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is an initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Over the next four years the programme will support thousands of young people and will provide grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform lives.

“The leadership of talented young people in all spheres of life can transform communities and societies for the better,” Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said.

“What the 60 young people announced today have achieved is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring,” she added.

“The programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more.”

One of the winners from Nigeria is Isaiah Owolabi who co-founded HACEY Health Initiative, which helps disadvantaged women and children to lead healthy lives. In 2012 HACEY launched Hands Up For Her, which promotes the rights of African girls. The award will help HACEY develop its Women’s Health and Productivity project, ensuring women in rural areas have access to health services and training.

See more winners and stories here.

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