Queen Elizabeth presented the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award recently in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, to three Nigerians: Hauwa Ojeifo, Isaac Ezirim and Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph. They received the awards in honour of their commitment to transform lives in their respective communities.
Isaac Ezirim is the founder of Teens Can Code. His initiative concentrates on teaching teenagers computer coding, how to build web and mobile applications.
Hauwa Ojeifo runs a women’s support group called She Writes Woman. The group focuses on mental health support and outreach among some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph is the founder of the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights (CYCWR). This initiative works to promote women’s rights in Nigeria and supports the rights of women in the areas of female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, forced child marriage and access to education for girls. He is the youngest of the winners
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth countries, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.