The Queen of England on Monday some African youth at the inaugural Queens Young Leaders Awards event.

Honorees also emerged from Canada, India, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa, with three winners each.

According to reports, the awards honour exceptional young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth. The event was held at Buckingham Palace.

Reports state that “the winners will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK in association with Cambridge University. With this support, award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities to raise awareness and inspire change in areas of education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders Winners – 2014

Emily Smith Australia
Kate Row Australia
Alicia Wallace Bahamas
Muhammad Shamir Shehab Bangladesh
Donnya Piggott Barbados
Denielle Neal Belize
Khairunnisa Ash’Ari Brunei Darussalam
Alain Nteff Cameroon
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu Cameroon
Mallah Enow Tabot Cameroon
Aaron Joshua Pinto Canada
Melissa Kargiannakis Canada
Rosimay Venancio Canada
Kellyn George Dominica
Alzima Elisha Bano Fiji
Leroy Phillips Guyana
Akshay Jadhao India
Ashwini Angadi India
Devika Malik India
Jerome Cowans Jamaica
Nicole Nation Jamaica
Abdikadir Aden Hassan Kenya
Caren Nelima Odanga Kenya
Samuel Karuita Kenya
Barkha Mossae Mauritius
Karuna Rana Mauritius
Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo Mauritius
Tanyaradzwa Daringo Namibia
Tabitha Besley New Zealand
Isaiah Owolabi Nigeria
Kelvin Ogholi Nigeria
Nkechikwu Azinge Nigeria
Oladipupo Ajiroba Nigeria
Salman Ahmad Pakistan
Christina J K Giwe Papua New Guinea
John Taka Papua New Guinea
Jean D’Amour Mutoni Rwanda
Nadia Hitimana Rwanda
Javon Liburd Saint Kitts And Nevis
Kenville  Horne Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
Erna Takazawa Samoa
Philip Cole Sierra Leone
Christina Houaisuta Solomon Islands
Emma Dicks South Africa
Nosipho Bele South Africa
Patrice Madurai South Africa
Kavindya Thennakoon Sri Lanka
Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe Sri Lanka
Nondumiso Hlophe Swaziland
Angela Benedicto Mnagoza Tanzania
Given Edward Tanzania
Teocah Dove Trinidad And Tobago
Deo Sekandi Uganda
Diana Nakaweesa Uganda
Edmund Page United Kingdom
Nicola Byrom United Kingdom
Zoe Jackson United Kingdom
Missack Willy Vanuatu
Brighton Kaoma Zambia
Regina Mtonga Zambia
Other guests who attended the event include David Beckham, and 12 Years a Slave director, Steve McQueen.
Here are photos from the event:

Nkechi Azinge and David Beckham

Nkechi Azinge and Steve McQueen

Nkechi Azinge, runs a Sickle Cell Foundation in which the needs of sickle cell patients are catered to.

Here are more photos from the event:
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