Queen Elizabeth II has awarded 21 young Africans as part of the second edition of the ‘‘Young Leaders Award”. 22 year old Paul-Miki Akpablie from Ghana was selected in recognition of his work in bringing solar energy powered technology to rural communities.
Kenya and Nigeria led the pack with three winners each, whiles South Africa and Malawi also got two each. Twelve remaining countries had single winners, Ghana, Cameroon, Botswana, Lesotho. With Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Tanzania completing the list.
Paul-Miki Akpablie said: “I am so honoured to be part of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme. I developed the Kadi Energy, a long-lasting battery that uses solar power to charge after discovering many people spend a large proportion of their income on charging mobile devices. It contains enough power to keep a mobile phone in standby mode for seven days. We have also trained 40 young people as agents to distribute the products. The technology is currently being used by 2,000 people living in rural areas.”
The award is reserved for young people between the ages of 18-29 years from across the Commonwealth, young people leading their communities and impacting lives of people in their societies.
The queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
Europe also had six recipients, Asia had nine, the Americas and Caribbean got twelve while the Pacific region bagged twelve.