Founder of Africa Matters, Farai Mubaiwa, was chosen out of over 2000 applications across the Commonwealth to receive the prestigious Queen's Young Leader Award at Buckingham Palace in London.
Mubaiwa travelled to the UK to meet the Queen of England and receive her award.
She speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about what this award meant to her and the organisation.
The importance in the award lies in the fact that Africa Matters as an organisation that teaches Africans to break away from Western narratives, received a Western award.— Farai Mubaiwa, Founder of Africa Matters
I think that shows that the advisory panel of the queen recognises that there is a need for change...The fact that Africa Matters received this award is absolutely incredible.— Farai Mubaiwa, Founder of Africa Matters
According to Mubaiwa, Africa Matters is a youth led organisation that encourages young people to reject the notion that Africa is poor and corrupt by empowering them to become active citizens.
They do motivational speaking on youth empowerment, workshops and story telling.
The organisation has plans to establish hubs in the rest of Africa to allow other young Africans to do what they do.
To hear more about Africa Matters, listen below: