Bukola and Nasir collect their Queen’s Younger Leaders’ awards

Back in November 2016, Bukola and Nasir were announced as the Nigerian winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2017.

Fast forward to 29th of June 2017, the 2 deserving recipients received their accolades and that special handshake from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

A Warwick and Leicester universities graduate of Law, Bukola could not contain her excitement as she collected her award and mingled with popular celebrities. While Middlesex educated Nasir who also became a #30under30 Forbes entrepreneur recipient courted Bruno Mars with his win on twitter.

Brain box Nasir Yammama founded a low-cost technology social enterprise, Verdant Agritech Ltd in 2015, through which farmers are taught how to access market and weather information, management skills and financial services to help produce more crops and increase their sales. As of now, with collaboration from Oxfam and GIZ, Verdant now supports 25,000 farmers.

Nasir and Bukola deservedly could not contain their excitements as they show off their award invitations
As well as meeting the Queen collecting her awards, Bukola hung out with One Direction’s Liam Payne and popular youtubber, Caspar Lee
Nasir courted BrunoMars on his win including being named in #30under30 Forbes 2017 list
Deserved Nigerian winners posed with a fellow recipient

Meanwhile, born with Sickle Cell Disease, Bukola was initially pursing a law career. An experience of blood donation shortages prompted her to join the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in 2010 to help raise awareness, which led to launching Haima Health Initiative.

In its 1st year, Haima – aimed at attracting young people to give blood – generated more than a 1000 donors hence saving lives. Now run by a 5-man strong team including 2015’s winner – Nkechi Azinge, who gave a speech on ‘UKaid to Nigeria’ – its current mission is to register at least 5,000 people by December 2017.

Bukola and Nasir were among 10 Nigerians nominated for the award and 24 winners from Africa.

Nkechi, a member of Bukola’s Haima Health Initiative and a 2015 recipient of the Queen’s award gave a highly recommended and re-tweeted speech on UKAid to Nigeria to parliamentary members

See here: 2 inspiring winners + 8 runners up. Meet the inspirational Nigerians among the Queen’s 2017 Young Leaders programme

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