Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on Friday awarded Corled Nkosi as a Commonwealth Point of Light for developing a hydroelectric power plant from scrap metal to supply free electricity in his village in Mzimba District.
A press statement issued by the British High Commission says Nkosi has been awarded for emerging the best youth with impact on his local community.
Nkosi was presented with a personalised certificate signed by the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a meeting between the British High Commissioner Holly Tett and a group of volunteers in communities across Malawi.
He has beaten 175 others to become the first ever Point of Light recipient in the country.
Nkosi came to the limelight following a Malawi News Agency (Mana) story in October 2017 detailing his hydroelectric power plant which provides free electricity to over 2 000 people in his area.
Last December, Tett visited Nkosi’s power plant to appreciate his innovation.
“I have really been impressed by Corled’s ingenuity and drive to achieve a better life for himself, his family and community by providing electricity.
“Inspiring young people like Corled are the future of the Commonwealth and give us all the hope that we will be able to face global challenges,” Tett said.
Nkosi will travel to London in April to represent Malawian youths at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.
In an interview on Friday, Nkosi said: “I sincerely thank the British High Commission for the recognition. I would like to see the Heads of State meeting discuss how to support talented youths with resources to ensure they achieve their goals.” n