Commonwealth announces 2018 Youth Awards finalists from 20 countries

Aliyu Othman, Abuja


The Commonwealth secretariat has released the list of twenty finalists for the 2018 youth awards scheduled for April at the Commonwealth Heads of States and governments meeting in London.

The finalists include Campaigners, entrepreneurs, and innovative industry experts among the talented young people aged 15 to 29 whose innovative projects and programmes had significant impact on their communities.

A release from the secretariat indicated that the 2018 awards focus is on celebrating young people’s contribution towards a fairer, more sustainable, secure and prosperous future for the Commonwealth as the four sub-themes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The 20 finalists were nominated from every region of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe, and the Pacific out of more than 400 applications from across the globe.

Amongst the finalists, comprising Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya in Africa, India, Pakistan, Singapore and Brunei in Asia and Jamaica, Guyana, Canada and Fiji in Caribbean and Americas where Regional Young Persons of the Year will be selected.

The selection will include one exceptional entrant recognised as the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year during the Commonwealth Youth Forum, in London in April.

In addition to cash grant of GBP £1,000 to continue their development work, finalists will each be awarded a trophy and certificate. The Regional Young Persons of the Year will receive £3,000, and the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will pick up £5,000.

The Pan-Commonwealth adjudication panel for the final short listing of the overall regional and overall winner of the 2018 awards included the High Commissioner for Saint Kitts and Nevis, representatives from the High Commissions of Fiji, Malaysia, and Kenya, a trustee of the British Youth Council and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.