Zambian young leaders to receive Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award

Regina Mukonda Mtonga
Regina Mukonda Mtonga

British High Commissioner James Thornton has commended two young Zambians who have exhibited good leadership skills of raising awareness on important issues affecting the country.

Mr. Thornton said the two young leaders will be awarded as Zambia’s winners of the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

He said Regina Mtonga and Brighton Kaoma will be among the 60 young people from the Commonwealth countries that will be awarded by the Queen at Buckingham palace this month.


He said this on June 12th during a send-off ceremony of the two Zambian young leaders which was also attended by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative.

Mr. Thornton said Regina is a co-founder of Asikana Network Organization that trains girls and young women in information and communications technology skills while Brighton has been instrumental in raising awareness about climate change and other environmental issues among young people.

He has since called on all Zambians especially young people who are the future leaders to have a vision for the country by coming up with innovative ideas that can help develop the country.


And UNICEF Country Representative, Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim said his agency will continue promoting young people by engaging them on various issues that affect the environment.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is part of the Queen’s young leaders’ programme aimed at identifying, mentoring and celebrating the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and making a difference in their communities.