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Nigeria’s Bukola Bolarinwa & Nasir Yammama selected for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Programme



Bukola Bolarinwa & Nasir Yammama

Bukola Bolarinwa & Nasir Yammama

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is today delighted to reveal that 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, including Bukola Bolarinwa and Nasir Yammama from Nigeria, have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives.

Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced today become part of the growing Queen’s Young Leaders community, a unique network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and being supported to become an even greater force for good. They will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in London next year.

This year, Award winners are leading projects tackling global issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Bukola Bolarinwa, 28 year old from Lagos, has been chosen in recognition of her work encouraging thousands of new people to give blood, and 26-year-old Nasir Yammama from Abuja has been acknowledged for harnessing the power of simple, low-cost technologies to help local farmers produce more crops and increase their sales.

Bukola Bolarinwa said, “I believe the Queen’s Young Leader Award will improve my leadership skills and help me to cement already established links with universities and colleges to develop a culture of voluntary and regular blood donation.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Each year for four years, 60 Queen’s Young Leaders receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London, to empowerthem to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better.

Dr. Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:

“We are delighted that these incredible young people have been selected as Queen’s Young Leaders, and wish our warmest congratulations to each and every one of them. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is designed to inspire and nurture the talent of exceptional young people from all over the Commonwealth, so that they can create and lead others towards securing positive changes in communities. The work being undertaken by the latest cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders is addressing some of the most crucial issues facing the Commonwealth today. We cannot wait to see how their impressive endeavours grow and develop over the course of the year to come and beyond,” he said.

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  1. Main Deal

    December 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    This is what we are talking about!

    Not some Toke nonsense. We are gradually having a society of girls/ladies who are declining in every other aspect (especially mentally, educationally and knowledge wise) , except for fashion and nonentities.

    Nothing knowledgeable has ever come out of Toke. We never hear anything about her educational background or educational award except for irrelevant things

    Even the so called educated elites on BN, you hardly see them on anything engaging except for gossip and relationships issues. BN, you didnt post some of my comments about Toke- keep ass licking. If you dont post this as well, spoon you, knife you, ferk you and cutlery you.

    Bukola and Nasir, I am proud of you jare.

    • Bea

      December 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      @ Main Deal- I don’t even know where to begin with this your stupid comment. I really don’t. You could have just said congrats to the recipients and moved on, why drag Toke into it and referring to a fellow human being with so much condecession? Love her or loathe her but Toke has helped some people in dead-end relationships and with deadbeat guys and girls, assuming your comment is referring to her recent book. I DARE you to make a mistake of epic proportions and, knowing that a large percentage of the population hates you and regularly judges your life with very little knowledge of who you really are, and then admit it in a book and expose the most private and embarrassing aspects of your life.

      At least we know about Toke and the bad choices she’s admitted to making, and these amazing guys who are the subject of this article, do we know you? What have you achieved that is worthy of emulation or even criticism? Why hide behind your laptop or phone or computer or whatever and type all this drivel when we don’t know anything knowledgeable about you, (borrowing your own words)? Whilst Toke may or may not have excelled at academics, or achieved success by your own lofty standards, you can’t fault her for her hard work and level of success she’s achieved so far. I’m sure you will know some successful people in life who were deemed as failures in life by certain people’s standards but they’ve found their niche in life and are making a difference in their own little way. If you have nothing good to say, I sincerely advise you to “jump and pass”.

      No, I’m not Toke or her sister or her friend.

  2. The Real Oma

    December 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Congrats guys!

  3. Kk

    December 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations Bukky!! You are a star!!

  4. ijs

    December 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    @main deal, can you acknowledge the achievement of these guys without insulting Toke? at least Toke is famous for something. Focus on what you yourself can achieve and be celebrated for without bringing other people down.

  5. Bukky's friend

    December 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Yayyy Bukky. Big things agwan. So proud of you girl. Now next stop is Nigeria’a first female president. #iStandWithBukky #BukkyOrBust

  6. o

    December 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Go Bukky!!!! Congratulations dear????? great work you’re doing with Haima health and SCAF… God bless you plenty.

  7. aiykay

    December 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Congrats Miss B!!!!
    Oya lerrus goan bring home that award…
    It belongs here!!!!

    • aiykay

      December 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Go make us proud rather

  8. Oyeniran Adeyinka

    December 2, 2016 at 12:30 am


  9. Giwa Sulaiman

    December 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Bukola Bolarinwa, Words could not perfectly describe your exact attributes, when it comes to your worth in the science of affecting life positively, you could be summarized as an angel of Our time in Our society, if i’m permitted to do so, in a nut shell you deserve more and more of this award, thank you so much for your relentless efforts on your fellow human, #i stand with Bukola Bolarinwa, you are my real choice

  10. Sani Musa Mahmood

    December 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Congratulations Nasir, more to come In Shaa Allah.

  11. Ayodeji Ishola

    December 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Congrats Bukky; Nasir, God bless your work and give you the strength to do more! Shine on guys.

  12. Nuraddeen Dahiru Abubakar

    December 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm


  13. Nuraddeen Dahiru Abubakar

    December 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm


  14. iro malumfashi

    December 8, 2016 at 6:57 am

    congratulation and my best regard nasir yammama proud of u masha Allah

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