Four Nigerians joined other winners honoured by the Queen of England at the 2015 edition of the Queen’s Young Leader awards.
Sixty young people from 35 countries were honoured by Queen Elizabeth II and the Nigerians on the list are: Isaiah Owolabi, Kelvin Ogholi, Nkechikwu Azinge and Oladipupo Ajiroba.
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
Winners of this prestigious award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their certificate from the Queen.
With this support, award winners are expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.
Isaiah Owolabi Isaiah 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.
Kelvin Ogholi, after seeing livestock farmers, including his father, struggle to pay for feed, co-founded UNFIRE.
This social enterprise has found a way to produce poultry feeds from organic waste such as mango seeds, seaweeds etc. It costs half the price of normal feed, and so far, it has helped more than 70 farmers.
Nkechikwu Azinge Nkechikwu grew up with close family members who have the hereditary blood disorder, Sickle Cell Anaemia.