Nkeiruka Nwakaudu

My journey as an award leader in public Senior Secondary Schools in Lagos State has been both challenging and rewarding. I want to appreciate, in loving memory HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh for introducing the award, a non formal education, which gives participants opportunities to acquire life skills and opportunities to showcase their talents. I feel elated discovering the talents of my participants and the joy they exhibit doing the award. The eagerness of my first set of participants from the first time the award started in Nigeria in 2016 is worthy of note and motivated me to use all at my disposal; my time, my data and taking their calls and questions at any time of the day to encourage them to be focused in the award. I was excited when my first school; Isolo Comprehensive Senior Secondary School produced the highest number of bronze awardees who received their certificates and badges from John May in 2017. We repeated the feat in their gold award. Precisely on the 6th February, 2020, HRH, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex came to Nigeria and presented badges and certificates to 14 Gold awardees in Abuja, out of which 7 of the Gold awardees were from my school. My joy knew no bound when out of the award leaders I was the only one honoured with a badge and certificate for being an outstanding mentor to the youth. It is an honour I hold dear. The award has given me the opportunity of meeting with important people and having a photo session with them and these are treasures for me. Aside meeting HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex, I met same day The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and our football legend, Daniel Amokachi.
I want to say that the award is a laudable program which has touched the lives of the youth positively and will continue to do so even in loving memory of HRH, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. God bless your loving Soul. Your memories will live on.
Thank you.