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ACHALEKE CHRISTIAN LEKE WINNER OF THE LUXEMBOURG PEACE PRIZE AWARD 2018.
On Friday the 22nd of June 2018, Mr Achaleke Christian Leke, National Coordinator of Local Youth Corner Cameroon and Pan- Commonwealth Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network was honoured to be the recipient of the Luxembourg Peace Prize Award by the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum. The award is a recognition of his preeminent efforts and initiatives to promote peace and community development. This award was given during a ceremony that took place at the Robert Schuman Building in Luxembourg bringing together professionals and experts in this domain.
Achaleke Christian Leke is a young development, civil society activist, University lecturer and a youth expert on peace building and counter violent extremism. With over 12 years of experience, he has dedicated a considerable part of his life in the promotion of peace. Drawing from his experiences while growing up in Fiango-Kumba, a neighbourhood plagued with violence in the South West Region of Cameroon, he developed a niche to be better and to use the circumstances that plagued that community as an inspiration to advocate for peace and reduce violent extremism. His efforts in peace building earned him the 2016 Commonwealth Young Person of the year award and he used this platform to champion the adoption and implementation of UNSCR 2250. As a young person, he strives to shape the role of young people in the process of development and sustainable peace.
This award comes at a time in Cameroon when the country is struck by a lot of violence and radicalisation. It equally comes at a time of rebirth of many young peace builders in Cameroon whose efforts towards restoring peace in the country can only be recognised by one of theirs. Mr Achaleke is a national symbol of inspiration and was awarded Cameroon’s Young Person of the year 2016. His award as Luxembourg Peace Prize winner 2018 is demonstration of continuous dedication and stands as a glimmer of hope to the youths and to the Cameroonian society at large. He carries on by saying ‘‘If we all long for peace then we need to let love lead, we must grow our humanity, we must uphold justice, equity, fairness and the rule of law’’. He continues his advocacy at a National level as National Coordinator of Local Youth Corner where he is presently executing The Creative Skills for Peace Project which targets effectively rehabilitating and reintegrating 300 young violent offenders and juveniles directly and 5000 indirectly within the Prison and juvenile facilities. This award inspires him to work twice as hard for an entire generation looks up to him in the domain of peace building.