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Queen to award Nigeria trio for inspiring peers

09 December 2015, 16:23

Lagos - Three local youngsters will receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award in recognition of their exceptional leadership in their communities.

The trio is among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth to be recognised.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2016, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates 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 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, 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.

Nigeria’s Imrana Alhaji Buba (23) has been selected for the Generation Change Fellowship of the United States Institute of Peace and was also inducted into the Global Alliance for Youth Leaders.

Imrana is the founder of an organisation which encourages peace building.

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Since 2010 he has partnered with local groups to visit surrounding villages to carry out community building and youth education programmes.

His organisation now has more than 600 members. Imrana also offers training for unemployed young people. He offers training for unemployed young people to help them channel their potential in order to maximise the community building work he has carried out.

Also 23, Olanrewaju Adeloye, has always had an interest in healthcare and went to university to study medical physiology.

Three years later he worked as an intern at a small primary health centre, in a deprived area, which served over 12 000 pregnant mothers and newborns a month.

As a result of this experience he co-founded SaferMom, a startup which uses low cost mobile technologies (SMS, voice services and apps) to engage mothers with health information through pregnancy and their baby’s early years. More than 900 women in nine rural communities now use this service.

Olumide Femi Makanjuola (28) eight, has been working for almost a decade in the gender rights sphere. 





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