LAGOS: LOCAL youth empowerment advocate, Ijeoma Idika-Chima, is in line to clinch the prestigious 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.
She has been shortlisted among 16 extraordinary young people from across the Commonwealth for the accolade.
Katherine Ellis, Director of Youth at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: ‘Young people throughout the Commonwealth are creating and leading projects that have real and tangible impact.
“The work of our incredible finalists is proof that young people are integrally involved in the process of change, and not simply passive beneficiaries of development.”
In addition to a cash prize, trophy and a trip to London to meet Commonwealth leaders, winners will be given the opportunity to develop valuable networks and contacts.
Regional winners will be announced on March 10in London during Commonwealth Week, when the pan-Commonwealth winner will also be revealed.
According to award organisers, the 23-year-old Idika-Chima, a 2014 Young Leader and a Mandela Washington Fellow, founded Teenz Global Foundation (TGF) – an NGO that works to promote education among young people and support at-risk youth.
Since June 2011, TGF has reached more than 12 000 teenagers in Nigeria through its free guidance, counselling sessions, and provision of education support services.
Idika-Chima works directly with teenagers to help them build and improve their life skills. Her focus is on education, good character, and positive cultural values.
She has counselled thousands of teenagers in various schools in both rural and urban communities including Aba, Kaduna, Makurdi, Keffi, Lokoja and Abuja.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY