Congratulations are in order for a final year student of the Lagos State University College Of Medicine, Adewunmi Akingbola who emerged as a finalist for the Dalai Lama fellowship shortly after winning the Diana Award.
The Dalai Lama Fellows Program awards year-long fellowships to 20- 25 innovators who are working on social change projects in local communities around the globe, to address one or more of the following areas: Health and Well-being, Education and Youth Development, Social Justice, Environment, Cultural Understanding, Contemplation. The Diana Award, however, is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
Adewunmi launched his Non-governmental Organisation, HealthDrive Nigeria in 2019, the NGO’s primary goals are to create awareness about the dreadful Hepatitis B disease, conduct free Hepatitis B screening and help residents of under-resourced communities in Nigeria gain access to affordable Hepatitis B vaccines.
Adewunmi and his team have conducted Hepatitis B screening for about 6,000 people including university students and have vaccinated about 3,500 people.
In recognition of the social services rendered by HealthDrive Nigeria, Adewunmi has over the years, been a recipient of several local and global recognition and awards, most notably the Diana Award, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Award, HSENation AfriSAFE Community Hero Award, The 25 under 25 Young Leaders Changing the Game Award for Young African leaders, nominee top 100 Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria by Junior Chamber International.
The young change maker hopes that his story will inspire more young people to take up the reins of leadership to champion social impact projects to tackle current and emerging problems in their communities and in the world. He believes that young people have the power to change the world.
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