Ghana’s Elijah Amoo Addo, Efua Asibon and Winnifred Selby for The Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to three exceptional young people from Ghana at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.

This year’s Award winners, Elijah Amoo Addo, 26, Efua Asibon, 23, and Winnifred Selby, 22, are being recognised by The Queen for their work to support disability and health issues, food security, and entrepreneurship.

Elijah Amoo Addo, Efua Asibon and Winnifred Selby will be representing Ghana as they join winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.

Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Elijah Amoo Addo said: “I am looking forward to an interesting Residential Programme in the UK. I’m excited to be meeting The Queen to receive this award on behalf of the work myself and my team have been doing at Food for All Africa. I’m also looking forward to learn from other amazing Young Leaders from across the Commonwealth. Thank you for this opportunity!”

The 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues from tackling bullying in schools, to preserving the environment, and promoting gender equality.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street, as well as take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of global social media company Facebook. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.