Weekly roundup: OYW Ambassador named Earthshot Prize finalist & more

OYW Ambassadors continue to show resilience and leadership through their respective communities 

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Olugbenga Olubanjo

Nigeria

Olugbenga has been named a finalist for the 2021 Earthshot Prize. The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years. The Prize aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change, and inspiring collective action. Olugbenga was a one of 3 finalists for the "Fix our Climate" category for his work with Reeddi, a cleantech start-up that both protects the environment and provides reliable, affordable electricity.

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Olugbenga

Jamira Burley

United States

Over the last four years, Jamira has been working at Theirworld + Global Business Coalition for Education as the Head of Youth Engagement and Skills to help raise the alarm for the millions of young people worldwide who lack access to quality education.


She has recently been appointed as the Director of Social Impact Projects for North America at Adidas

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Jamira

Meg Zeenat Wamithi

United Kingdom

In light of World Mental Health Day 2021, Meg Zeenat Wamithi, Founder of MindMapper UK is hosting ME Day, a day full of music, industry gems from your favourite young leaders, free food and freebies, incredible brands, top businesses and most importantly good vibes. A day that was organised to change the narrative about mental health.

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Meg Zeenat Wamithi
speaking engagements

Hauwa Ojeifo

Nigeria

Hauwa Ojeifo gave a keynote speech at the 3rd Edition of the Global Mental Health Summit, “Mind Our Rights Now” in France.

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Khazana Sihwaya

Zambia

Khazana Sihwaya, a medical student, was featured on Hey Ziz Podcast for the work she is doing through the 2030 Child Nutrition Project. Throughout the episode, Khazana discusses and reflects upon her project, which is an initiative to combat malnutrition in Zambia.

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awards/ recognition

Stephen Ogweno

Kenya

Ogweno Stephen emerged the youth of the year in the recently concluded top 35 under 35 awards where he won under the health category. This award comes after years of service innovation and contribution by Ogweno Stephen in the health care industry.

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Stephen Ogweno

Ronelle King

Barbados

Ronelle had a meeting with the High Commissioner of Canada, Her Excellency Lilian Chatterjee and reconnect with the amazing staff of the High Commission of Canada in Barbados to discuss possible collaborations to advance gender equality in Barbados.

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Ronelle King
media coverage

Yi Kang Choo

Malaysia

Yi Kang Choo was recently featured in a Malaysian Newspaper for his volunteer work and for receiving the Diana Award earlier this year.

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JC Enamorado

Honduras

JC Enamorado from Honduras collaborated in the production of MTV Latin America's documentary about the situation in Honduras. They explore how violence and climate change are forcing migrations. They also interview local change agents who are bringing positive change through art, including members of JC's organization Warriors Zulu Nation.

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Elvis Cao

China

Elvis was published an opinion paper on Matter (Cell Press) on sustainable policymaking

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