The Queen of England will Thursday yet present the Queen’s Young Leaders Award to young people from 45 different Commonwealth countries.

Among them are three Nigerians who will be honoured at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

The young Nigerians to be honoured are: Olanrewaju Adeloye, Imrana Alhaji Buba, and Olumide Femi Makanjuola.

The winners are recognised by the Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a difference in their communities.

The winners arrived London last week for a one-week residential programme, which included high-level engagements, unique package of training, mentoring and networking, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.

The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

Olumide Femi offers sexual health and human rights education and services to LGBTI+ persons in Nigeria.

In 2013 he helped produce a documentary on the impact of the same sex marriage prohibition law on LGBTI+ persons called Veil of Silence, which has been screened in over 14 countries.

Olumide has spoken about his work at the European Union Parliament, European Asylum Support Office, the World Pride Human Rights Conference and other related forums.

Olarenwaju, a medical doctor who 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.

Imrana Alhaji Buba is the founder of an organisation which encourages peace building. 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 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 offers training for unemployed young people to help them channel their potential in order to maximise the community building work he has carried out.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is a partnership between The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.

Author: Ope Adedeji