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Diasporia News of Wednesday, 31 August 2022


Excitement as Nigerian wins $10,000 Global Award prize, becomes first African to win since 1914

The photo used to illustrate the story via Scholarship Region The photo used to illustrate the story via Scholarship Region

A young Nigerian man beat over 500 contestants to win the $10,000 cash prize of the 2022 AFS Award for Young Global Citizens.

Noel Ifeanyi Alumona who is currently studying at Vanderbilt University in the United States emerged as the winner beating stiff competition from his closest rivals.

The cash prize 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, according to Scholarship Region.

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

The AFS Award award recognizes 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.

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.

Omono Idonije wrote: "Since 1914? Wow! Congratulations we are proud of you. Kudos!"

Ifeanyi Erondu commented: "Congratulations to you, we are proud of you, God bless you and God bless Nigeria."

Virginus Mary said: "Congratulations on your brilliant performance and the award"

Trenchard Ibia commented: "Those who see only "negatives" about Nigeria must be very sad with news of this nature. Congratulations for being a good Nigerian"

Jude Leonard said: "Call him by his name and tribe not when Hushpuppy or Evans comes on board you call him yoruba or igbo man.. congratulations brotherly"


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