Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday night presented three Nigerians Hauwa Ojeifo, Isaac Ezirim and Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
The awards were in honour of the work they are doing to transform lives in their communities.
Meghan Markel and Prince Harry (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex), David Beckham and others were present at the ceremony.
Ezirim received his Award for the work he is doing to teach coding to teenagers in low-income areas, founding Teens Can Code, which is currently training 200 teenagers how to build web and mobile applications using the same tools that are used by professionals in the tech industry.
Hauwa received her award for the work she is doing to tackle the stigma around mental health, running a women’s support group called She Writes Women, which focuses on mental health support and outreach among some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
Ekezie-Joseph received his award for the work he is doing to promote women’s rights in Nigeria, founding the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights, which supports the rights of women in the areas of female genital mutilation, domestic abuse, forced child marriage and access to education for girls