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Born on 29 May 1982, Nnaemeka Chidiebere Ikegwuonu, has risen from obscurity to become one of the most decorated young Nigerians his age. A 2007 Fellow, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and 2008 Fellow, Ashoka – Innovators for the Public, he has spoken and facilitated sessions for the World Bank and the United Nations. Some of his numerous awards and fellowships include: 2009 Caux Scholar, Initiatives for Change International Switzerland; 2009 Outstanding Commitments Award, Clinton Global Initiative University; 2009 Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Awards; 2010 Winner, UNDP Equator Prize; 2010 Laureate, Rolex Awards for Enterprise; 2010 Laureate, World Innovation Summit Education (WISE) 2010, Qatar Foundation; 2011 Architect of the Future Awards Waldzell Institute; 2011 Young Leader, BMW Foundation 1st Europe-Africa Young Leaders Forum; and 2011 New Leader, Cran Montana Forum. I recently had an exclusive interview with Nnaemeka, who emerged Nigeria’s Young Person of the Year at the Future Awards, the country’s most prestigious Youth Awards, where he talks extensively about his very impactful work in transforming the lives and vocation of smallholder farmers in Imo State through a local radio broadcasting service and field practical demonstration. Read the full story here: “What You Need is the Passion, Determination and Commitment to Excel in any Profession You Love” – Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, The Future Awards 2011 Young Person of the Year