Ikewana’s interest in the future of South Africa paired well with One Young World, a global forum for young leaders working to accelerate change in every country. OYW has been actively supported by a distinguished line-up of counsellors including the late Kofi Annan, President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to name a few.

Ikewana selected a candidate in South Africa whose focus is to uplift the community where he/she is active and ensures that the project that he/she is focused on, is successfully carried out. From the candidates we could choose from, there were individuals motivating youth in disadvantaged areas, others providing psychosocial support and youth empowerment, still others focusing on urban hunger and food security solutions through agricultural innovation, to name but a few.

A yearly OYW summit takes place on the global stage to gather together the brightest young leaders from around the world, and to empower them to make lasting connections to create positive change. In fact, since 2009, One Young World has built an alumni network of over 10,000 Ambassadors whose projects have gone on to benefit more than 17.5 million people worldwide with a Social Return on Investment of 13:1 USD.