Congratulations are in order for a young Nigerian, Isaac Damian Ezirim, who has been chosen along with others as three of the final ever British Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners for 2018. Isaac Ezirim was chosen along with two other young Nigerians, Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph and Hauwa Ojeifo..
The awards are in recognition of the role they are playing in their communities to change lives, said the organisers of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme.
Isaac Damian Ezirim, from Lagos, was chosen in recognition of the work he is doing as a computer programmer, teaching coding to teenagers in low-income areas.
Kennedy, who lives in Calabar, and works as executive director at the city’s Council for Women’s Rights, was chosen in recognition of his work in promoting women’s righ ts in his community and beyond.
Hauwa from Lagos, got the award in acknowledgement of the work she is doing to help overcome the stigma around mental health in Nigeria.
The Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth and the work they are undertaking to improve lives across a diverse range of issues, from supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, to promoting gender equality.
The winners announced some days ago will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.