Rwandans among African youths awarded by the Queen

Jean d’Amour Mutoni receiving award from the Queen

Jean d’Amour Mutoni receiving award from the Queen

Two Rwandans, Jean d’Amour Mutoni and Nadia Hitimana are among the few lucky global youth who have been recognised by the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, for their outstanding efforts to change their communities.

Other African youths honoured included four Nigerians: Isaiah Owolabi, Kelvin Ogholi, Nkechi Azinge and Oladipupo Ajiroba.

The youths, aged 18-29, were honoured for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

At least 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth community received various awards from the Queen Wednesday 23, at the “Queens Young Leader Awards”.

Rwanda’s Jean d’Amour Mutoni was recognised for founding a local NGO- Acts of Gratitude-which helps homeless children and encouraging young people to give back to their communities while Nadia Hitimana was recognized for her work promoting issues surrounding menstrual health.

Following the awards ceremony, the winners of the Queen’s awards, will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development program which includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.

With this support, award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities to raise awareness and inspire change in areas of education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

David Beckham, Fearne Cotton and 12 Years-a-Slave director, Steve McQueen were among the guests who attended the event held at Buckingham Palace.

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people will be selected to receive an Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’.

This life-changing programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

Over the next five years, at a time when the Commonwealth is home to the largest generation of young people ever in its history – over 1.3 billion of total 2.2 billion citizens, The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people (18-29) to make their visions of a better society a reality.