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Two young Namibians to receive Queen’s Young Leader award in London

Two young Namibians to receive Queen’s Young Leader award in London

A day before the Windhoek diplomatic corps celebrated the Queen’s birthday at the residence of the British High Commissioner, the Queen’s External Media Relations department announced that two young Namibians will be honoured for their commitment to drive change in their own communities.

Nyeuvo Amukushu (19) and Hilda Nambili Liswani (25) will travel to London at the end of this month where they will attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the 29th of June, each to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award,

The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.

The two Namibians are awarded by the Queen for their work to support young people through entrepreneurship, and involving young people in current affairs.

Amukushu and Liswani will represent Namibia as the joint winners from across the Commonwealth for a programme in the UK 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, Liswani said: “I am delighted to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and will continue to expand NamibiaNow, a media centre providing young people with an opportunity to become mobile journalists.”

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, to 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.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion positive change that will last for generations to come. The residential programme is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group further to improve the lives of the people in their communities.”


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.