The Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II has recognised two young Malawians and 58 others from member countries who are being recognised as for being exceptional leaders in their communities.
Her Majesty, the Queen will present the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in June 2016 at the Buckingham Palace in London.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Queen’s Young Leaders say the two, 18 year old Asante Mzungu from Lilongwe and 21 year old Madalo Banda from Kasungu but at Chancellor College have been selected in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to their communities.
“Mzungu has been acknowledged for his work in ensuring that young people benefit from education while Banda for setting up Loud Ink, which addresses social issues through creative writing,” reads the statement in part.
In 2013 Mzungu started distributing books, stationary and uniforms to a primary school in Lilongwe with over 2,000 students.
“Two years later I started working for Malawi Youth Agents of Change, which aims to help young people from disadvantaged households to acquire entrepreneurial and leadership skills. I’m so honoured to be a part of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme,” said Mzungu.
The 21 year old Madalo Banda from Zomba has been acknowledged for setting up Loud Ink, which addresses social issues through creative writing.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Program celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
In Malawi, Buckingham Palace involved celebrated hip-hop artist Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, asking young people to apply or nominate for the 2016 awards.
Tay Grin said the awards are “a great platform” for all the youth that are making a difference in Malawi.
“The award winners will also get the chance to interact with high profile people, partake in workshops that will significantly help equip them with leadership skills that would positively further their goals and help to positively develop this nation,” says Grin.
Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said the Queen recognise “not only what these amazing young people have achieved, but also their potential in changing people’s lives for the better in the countries and communities in which they live.”
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