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Brilliant Nigerian man beats 500 contestants to win $10,000 Global Award, becomes first African to win since 1914

A brilliant Nigerian man, Noel Ifeanyi Alumona has emerged the winner of the 2022 AFS Award for Young Global Citizens after beating over 500 contestants to clinch the $10,000 cash prize.

Noel Ifeanyi Alumona who is currently studying at Vanderbilt University in the United States, was presented with the award during the International Youth Day organised by the United Nations Global Communications Department, the AFS Intercultural Programs and The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States.​

He was recognised for his vigorous campaign to end violence against women and girls by properly orienting boys on responsible behaviour. 

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The AFS Award award recognises young people’s work worldwide for their commitment to improving the global community and contributing to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world. While Noel Ifeanyi of Nigeria won the biggest prize, Mariana Reyes of the United States and Larissa Cevallos of Peru emerged second place winners with a $2,500 prize award.

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Noel Ifeanyi beats 500 contestants after a strenuous and rigorous selection​ process and interviews, from which 10 finalists were selected. He was also a 2018 Obama Foundation Fellow of the African Leaders programme.

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Speaking about his achievement, he narrated that the inspiration for the formation of Boys Champion, with which he won the AFS Award, came in 2018 after he met with Barack Obama in Johannesburg as an Obama Foundation Fellow. It was an encounter that transformed his worldview and ignited in him the flaming zeal to make a positive impact in his community.

Noel said his organisation would organise a leadership conference in his home country where speakers from the United Nations, Harvard University and Vanderbilt University would tutor participants on leadership.

“At the moment, Nigeria is at the end of the bridge on global rankings for special education support. I am happy to continue to offer my voice to conversations that will inspire change in Nigeria, Africa and across the world. As I always say, Africans will change Africa and I am happy to lead that change from my own community through Boys Champions and Hope for African Children,” he said.

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