Africa is made of 54 sovereign states. Out of this number, 18 countries are member states of the Commonwealth; they are united by language, history, culture and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent. At approximately 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers almost six percent of the earth's total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. In terms of population, Africa is the youngest continent, with 50 percent of its population of approximately 1.0 billion people aged 19 years or younger.
Africa boasts a great biodiversity, which ranges from tropical jungles to Sahara deserts and from snow-capped volcanic mountains to gorgeous beaches, waterfalls and game parks.
Regional Youth Co-ordinator, Gideon Commey
Gideon Commey is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Regional Youth Co-ordinator for Africa. Through his earlier work with the British Council in Ghana, Gideon served as a flag bearer for Ghana at the Commonwealth Day Observance, 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen and represented Commonwealth youth at the Commonwealth High Commissioners’ Banquet, reporting on the event for the Jubilee Time Capsule.
A Climate Reality Leader, Gideon was personally trained by former US Vice-President, Al Gore, to educate people on the causes, impacts and possible solutions to climate change.
Gideon currently runs the company, Solar People, in Ghana and serves as a campaign strategist for Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM), the largest youth-led grass-roots environmental organization in Ghana.
Regional Co-ordinator, John Apea
John is a Ghanaian national and CEO of The Entertainment Warehouse, a leading Communications organisation in Ghana. He is also an award-winning filmmaker whose projects have premiered at prestigious film festivals such as Durban, Rotterdam and art galleries such as Tate Britain and ZKM.
A judge of both the Commonwealth Vision awards and the Essay Competition John was a also Steering Committee member for the Jubilee Time Capsule. He is a proud alumnus of the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School in Ghana and the Universities of Oxford and York in the United Kingdom.