The award was presented during International Youth Day organised by the United Nations Global Communications Department, the AFS Intercultural Programmes and The Youth Assembly
The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has urged Noel Ifeanyi Alumona, the first African to win the American Field Service (AFS) Award for Young Global Citizens to make a difference in the lives of young Nigerians.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa was speaking in Abuja where she received Mr Alumona, who is also the Founder and Director of Boys Champions.
In a statement, the NiDCOM chairman described Mr Alumona as an “inspiration to Nigerians in the Diaspora”, especially the young adults, “who are constantly seeking to improve their home country positively and also making impacts in their host country”.
Mr Alumona said he won the award “for giving young boys the opportunities they need to become agents of peace and change”, fighting the course of women and the girl child.
The award-winner, who is an indigene of Enugu state, is based in the United States.
He is also a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, School of Education and is presently a Research and Teaching assistant at the same university in Nashville, Tennessee.
Reporting by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor