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3 Nigerians chosen for 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award | Peace Builder, Maternal Health & LGBTI+ Advocate



2015 Winner Nkechi Azinge receiving her award from the Queen

2015 Winner Nkechi Azinge meeting the Queen

It is today announced that three young people from Nigeria are among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people will receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen 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.

23 year old Olanrewaju Adeloye from Lagos is being recognised for his dedication to maternal health. 23 year old Imrana Alhaji Buba from Yobe State has been selected in recognition of his work around peace building. 28 year old Olumide Femi Makanjuola from Ogba, Lagos has been acknowledged for advocating on LGBTQI issues.

Olanrewaju Adeloye said: “I am so honoured to be part of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme. I’ve always had an interest in health care, and volunteered as an intern at a small health centre, which served over 12,000 pregnant mothers and newborns a month. I then 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 the service.

Runners Up from Nigeria are Charles Immanuel Akhimien, Chijindu Umunnakwe, Godspower Oboido, Ijeoma Idika-Chima, John Oluwadero, Kate Ekanem, Victoria IbiwoyeWemimo Abbey.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over the next three years the Programme will support thousands of young people to achieve their goals.

Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “Once again 60 incredible young people from around the Commonwealth have shown strength, leadership, empathy and drive. Some of our winners are just embarking on their leadership journey and others are more established. Either way, we recognise not only what these amazing young people have achieved, but also their potential in changing people’s lives for the better in the countries and communities in which they live.


  1. Kakato

    December 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    This is how United Kingdom and the United States is slowly ruining the world. These children are jumping about because they got the opportunity to shake the queen’s hand like she is some goddess and does not fart nor poop like everyone else, while the wicked ones are using that channel to keep pushing the Lesbian, Gay (homosexuals), Bisexuals and Transvestites (LGBTi) agenda; see how the gently mixed it with “maternal health”, and America will gently mix it with “racial equality”. LGBT habit and way of life, a learned habit, a habit hated by God Almighty, in every religion of the world except Satanism and Atheism, hated and abhorred.

    Stupid Africans, all they care about is that they shook the queen’s hand and Prince Harry smiled at them, but the agenda behind it they are too colonized and dehumanized to recognized. That is why they hate Robert Mugabe and Vladimir Putin because these too courageous humans will never accept the colonial superiority mentality and wickedness.

    Nonsense, Africa wake up.

    • Nami woo

      December 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Sister or Brother all what you said is RIGHT!! i am 100% behind you… i was shocked when i saw LGBTI… Africa needs to wake up… we are still stupid and puppets and it bleeds my heart!

    • jennifer

      December 8, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      exactly that is no excuse for advocating lgbti rights they don’t understand the sin they’re commiting

    • Ade

      December 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

      I think we should be careful what we write. Because we don’t agree with LGBT rights issues doesn’t mean we should be hateful and sad. I think BellaNaija did’t do a good work to the profile. I had just gone on the website to read the full profile and his work is most around HIV/AIDS for LGBTQ people. While I have reservation on LGBT issues, we need to look from the health aspect, especially HIV/AIDS.

  2. Moi

    December 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    2 COR. 11-15 For such are false apostles (principalities) , deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

  3. Dairy of a naija mom.

    December 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Good Nigeria is not recognised fr something of a criminal nature this time around.

  4. nana ama s.

    December 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    thanks just spoke my mind.God bless you.
    evil doers,evil agenda.God is watching

  5. Noms

    December 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Whenever I see comments like “end-time things’ I either frown or smile depending on the article. This article here deserves an END-TIME THINGS response.
    An award for advocating for LGBTI from the Queen of England? I hope one of the prince Harry comes out as gay soon and celebrates a royal wedding, the this award will make sense.

  6. Noms

    December 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    *I hope Prince Harry comes out….then this award will make sense.

  7. Sadia

    December 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Rubbbish!Nigeria is and will always be against LGBT

  8. jane(the real jane)

    December 9, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I knw one of the runners up. Aand he’s doin great work with regards to improving maternal and child health.

    • Onyinye

      June 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Jane,thanks for commenting. Would appreciate if you could vote him in as a young leader on TLC chat with the stars to share his story at Lagos Business School.Pls feel free to send his contact to [email protected] Details about the programme @ http://www.true living Thanks.

  9. Kamin

    December 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Sho! Why are we so SAD like this? Can we not find JOY in something? Just because it doesn’t represent your view doesn’t mean you should hate, so as long as it not hitting you wrongly. Let’s be positive for once na. I never understand issues of homosexuality but seriously, no need to hate or be sad.

  10. one

    December 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Charley banana I sight you. Omomi is really a great initiative for mother and child health.

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