Evans Wadongo shines in meeting with Queen

Kenyan entrepreneur Evans Wadongo has won both the pan-Commonwealth and Africa region Commonwealth Youth Award, receiving more than £5,000 to support his charity Sustainable Development For All (SDFA).

The Commonwealth youth award for excellence in development work was also given to young entrepreneurs from Australia, Barbados and Sri Lanka.

Evans was feted because when he was 19, he designed a solar-powered lantern using recycled materials and is now responsible for making thousands more through his charity.

Though the Queen Mother was unwell during most of the recent Commonwealth festivities, she made time to meet the young developers and congratulate them for their hard work.


“I am just delighted to receive such an honour, considering that it represents development work being done by young people in all 54 Commonwealth countries. It gives me the courage to continue inspiring other young people to see themselves as agents of change in whatever they do,” he said to Capital Lifestyle.

“I hope to use the grant to continue with my work and specially to help support shepherd children in Turkana and Samburu get an education,” he added.

Evans’ accolade follows his listing as the Forbes 30 under 30 young entrepreneurs in Africa.

“This demonstrates that commitment to betterment of our communities and society we live in is a global challenge, and we have shared problems both in developed and developing countries,” he said.

Welcoming guests to the awards ceremony in London on 12 March, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: “The objectives of the awards are to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of young people in the areas of development and democracy and to encourage sustainable investment in the depth and breadth of talent that exists across the Commonwealth.”

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  1. Njirueliud November 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    That so good in business

  2. suluhisho March 15th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Whats with the damn glovessssss??

  3. HM March 16th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Queen Mother? She’s not alive anymore. He met the Queen NOT the Queen Mother!! Fyi, here is the definition of what a Queen Mother is ->> Queen mother is a title or position reserved for a widowed queen consort whose son or daughter from that marriage is the reigning monarch

  4. The Crab March 18th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Wadongo is a pretty useless guy who will refuse to make available the lights to Kenyans unless he was paid in charity money. Don’t believe the hype.

    A year ago I called Evans offered to buy 200 lights directly from him for my Village in Eldoret. The guy refused saying the money had to go through the charity he supports. I hate charities.
    This guy is now fully part of the INTERNATIONAL CHARITY CORPORATION run by western countries better known as “The White Saviour”. He cannot break lose. What a wasted Kenyan.

  5. The Crab March 18th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Evans is equal to DEATH. In the west Black is the colour of grief. When you go to funerals, unlike Kenya/Africa where we dress in white, they dress in black.

    The queen always wears white gloves when meeting important people. But this time she wore BLACK because she was meeting an African man full of diseases and death.

    Now you know what they actually think of you. You are not one of them. simples.

  6. ZimZim March 19th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    That is actually the Queen….Laura Walubengo, a little research would have helped


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