Emilia (Emily) Epeti Miki the Founder/CEO of Denis Miki Foundation and Efeti Ventures and the Delegate of the Cameroon National Youth Council, Limbe 1 won the Obama Foundation African Leaders award. She was among the 5 Cameroonians selected out of 200 young Africans. This prestigious award was won thanks to the impact Denis Miki Foundation has had with our work with women, girls, children, boys and men in rural and urban poor communities in Cameroon to drive community development initiatives, capacity building, food security and wealth creation program with an aim to empower community members to become self-sufficient and alleviate poverty. This adds to several awards won by our Founder/CEO like the Mandela Washington Fellowship award by the U.S. Department of State, Queen Young Leaders award by Queen Elizabeth, voted among the 50 Most Influential Young Cameroonians and also featured as one of the 100 Young Cameroonians Inspiring Change in Cameroon. As a social entrepreneur, Emily works to reduce poverty through economic empowerment, mentorship and coaching. She currently facilitates capacity building trainings, women and youth empowerment trainings, community and rural development outreach programs. Her works have increased impact substantially and have impacted over 8500 youths, 1500 women and has made it possible for her to receive invitations to consult in the organization of more events like this one.
In July 2018 Emily was selected as one of the 200 young Africans from over 10,000 applicants for the Obama Foundation African Leaders program that brought together 200 emerging leaders from across the continent at Johanessburg, South Africa to explore new ways to take on the biggest challenges in their communities. This convening had President Barack Obama, Former President of the United States host a Town Hall with the 200 Leaders where Emily can be seen in the video asking President Obama a question and which now has her commonly going as “Obama’s niece”.
The convening also brought top leaders like Aliko Dangote, Koffi Annan, Former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Graça Marshal among several top leading politicians, entrepreneurs, business men and women around the world.