Nigerians are world leaders in their own right as can be seen with three of them – Hauwa Ojeifo, Isaac Ezirim and Ekezie Joseph- being part of the recipients of the first-ever Queen’s Young Leaders award.
Handed out by the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, at a special ceremony in Buckingham Palace, the award seeks to celebrate and acknowldge young men and women who are providing succour to those in need.
Ojeifo, the founder of She Writes Woman, got the award in recognition of her work in the area of mental health. She has dedicated her time to this, using her platform to raise awareness about mental illnesses in Nigeria, and give people who battle with these issues a voice.
She shares her struggles with depression and suicidal ideations, while also providing solutions for others in a similar boat.
Speaking about this honour on Twitter, Hauwa said:
“I am so honoured to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen for the work I do
@shewriteswoman in giving mental illness a voice in #Nigeria”
Ezirim received the awardain recognition of the impact his venture Teen Can Code. A computer programmer, he uses the platform to teach coding to teenagers in low-income areas. He is currently training 200 teenagers from the Ajegunle, Alimosho and Ejigbo communities of Lagos about computer coding and how to build web and mobile applications using the same tools that are used by professionals in the tech industry.
Kennedy earned his place on the honorees’ list by virtue of the impact of his organisation: Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights (CYCWR).
The 19-year-old is a staunch promoter of the rights of women. He is in vocal opposition to female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, forced child marriage and pushes for increased access to education for girls
Congratulations to them all. We hope they continue the good work and that they never run out of steam.