Queen's Young Leaders Three young Ghanaians awarded by Queen Elizabeth

They are Elijah Amoo Addo, Winnifred Selby and Efua Asibon. The awards ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace and was attended by many personalities from the British royal family including Prince Harry.

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QYLS 2017.jpg play The 2017 Queen's Young Leaders with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry (Facebook.com/Queen's Young Leaders)
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Three young Ghanaians have been awarded by Queen Elizabeth for their outstanding contributions in their communities.

They are Elijah Amoo Addo, Winnifred Selby and Efua Asibon. The awards ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace and was attended by many personalities from the British royal family including Prince Harry who gave a speech praising the recipients - who are between 18 and 29 years old from across the Commonwealth - for their good works.

IMG-20170630-WA0009.jpg play From left to right: Winnifred Selby, Elijah Amoo Addo and Efua Asibon (Supplied)

Last year, Ghana had just one recipient of the award - Paul-Miki Akpablie - but that has now increased to three with this year’s awards.

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In an interview with Pulse.com.gh, Elijah Amoo Addo - one of the award recipients - spoke about his delight meeting the 91-year-old monarch.

“Initially I thought it was a dream until I heard the queen mentioning my name and asking me if I would love to Cook for her.Then I felt our world is indeed small and for everything you do,someone might be watching.

IMG-20170630-WA0006.jpg play Chef Elijah Amoo Addo interacting with Queen Elizabeth (Supplied)

"It has been an amazing experience with heartfelt gratitude. Little did I imagine that my work in a small corner of the world could be identified by the Queen. The past ten days have been [about reflection] and having the opportunity to meet personalities and organizations within the UK. [It] has been also awesome.”

The queen appeared to say something to Elijah when she handed him the award. So what did the queen say to Elijah?

“I told her I'm going to cook her waakye. She later met me again to show her how it's cooked and learn more on what we do at Food for All Africa programme.”

Elijah Amoo Addo is a chef and the founder of Food for All Africa, an organisation committed to ending hunger by reclaiming food for the vulnerable by reducing food waste in restaurants and supermarkets.

He said he would use the award as a source of encouragement to continue the impact he has already made in Ghana.

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IMG-20170630-WA0010.jpg play Chef Elijah Amoo Addo (Supplied)

He also said he hopes the prestigious award would highlight an ongoing campaign for the passage of the National Food Donors Bill to “ensure the vulnerable in Ghana mostly children have a means of nutrition.”

Addo also encouraged the youth to not wait for political leaders to solve Ghana’s problems but that they should see themselves as “the solutions to the many problems we face...Start now!”

Ghana’s other representatives, Winnifred Selby is a young woman whose work with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative and EPF Educational Empowerment revolves around ensuring school girls have access to sanitary pads and Efua Asibon, a woman working on raising awareness about disability awareness with her organisation, Dislabelled.

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