FROM CALABAR TO THE WORLD: 20 YEAR OLD KENNEDY EKEZIE MEETS QUEEN ELIZABETH OF ENGLAND, RECEIVES 2018 QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS AWARD

Calabar, the capital of Cross River State of Nigeria seems to be making great impact in the life’s of young people who are focused and dedicated to impacting and improving the life’s of others around them.

Not too long ago, James Okina, a young lad committed to turning the plights of street kids into assets in Calabar was featured on BBC for his humanitarian work.

And once again, the search light of Queen Elizabeth of England has beamed on another lad who is contributing immensely to the development of young people around him.

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph, a graduate of Philosophy in the University of Calabar has been honoured with The Queen’s Young Leaders Award, Tuesday at Buckingham Palace, London UK in a royal ceremony which had the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markel, Olympic Boxer, Nicola Adams and ace footballer, David Beckham all in attendance.

The prestigious Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth and the work they are undertaking to improve lives across a diverse range of issues.

Kennedy Ekezie, Hauwa Ojeifo and Isaac Ezirim where choosen from Nigeria in December, 2017 as three of the final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners in recognition of the lead they are taking in their communities to change lives.

Kennedy from Calabar will now join the Queen’s Young Leaders network of 240 Award winners, a unique community of influential change-makers, who represent all 52 Commonwealth countries.

Kennedy who is the founder of Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights (CYCWR), an organisation which supports the rights of women in the areas of female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, forced child marriage and access to education for girls, received the prestigious royal Award alongside 59 others from around the world in recognition of the work he is doing to promote women’s rights in his community and beyond.

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph, 20 said: “The most graceful moment of my life happened yesterday when I received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen of England in front of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and David Beckham.

“It was a nerve-racking moment for all of us, filled with a mix of emotions, and that wink of support from the Duke of Sussex while waiting to be called went a long way to grounding my belief that this was real!

“This award wouldn’t have been possible without God, my loving and sacrificial parents, my siblings, my family all around the world, my network of friends who continuously are my support system and incredible team @cycwr_ng. You all are my world.”

He continued: “As a (recent) 20-year-old, this award is a huge responsibility for me and everything I represent. I hope to keep living up to it and to continue to inspire the hell out of young people all over the world.

The most graceful moment of my life happened yesterday when I received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen of England in front of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and David Beckham. It was a nerve-racking moment for all of us, filled with a mix of emotions, and that wink of support from the Duke of Sussex while waiting to be called went a long way to grounding my belief that this was real! This award wouldn’t have been possible without God, my loving and sacrificial parents, my siblings, my family all around the world, my network of friends who continuously are my support system and incredible team @cycwr_ng. You all are my world. As a (recent) 20-year-old, this award is a huge responsibility for me and everything I represent. I hope to keep living up to it and to continue to inspire the hell out of young people all over the world! Love, love always! #queensyoungleaders #buckinghampalace #qyl #london

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