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Esther Ijewere wins social entrepreneur of the year award

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For her selflessness and contribution towards the empowerment of women both at the grassroots and social level, Esther Ijewere, founder of Rubies Ink Initiative for Women and Children and editor-in-chief of multiple award-winning blog Women of Rubies, has won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award at the recently-held Eloy Awards in Lagos.

While she was unable to attend the epoch- making event, Esther was well represented by her mentee, Lordwilliams Gusi Tobby of Girlhub Africa, who gave an outstanding speech on behalf of her mentor and also congratulated other nominees.

Reacting to the award, Esther took to her social media page to show her appreciation: “Thank you Jesus for yet another award! Who am I? Nothing but pencil before you Heavenly father … absolutely nothing! Just a young girl whose life is a movement she barely can understand.

“I dedicate this award to my Mom! Mummy I never reach where I dey go o but this is for you! For bringing me to the world against all odds and always standing by me through thick and thin… I owe you so much Mama!!!

To everyone that voted for me, may God honour you all, I appreciate you for your love and constant support! We won!!! Our beautiful Queens at Women of Rubies You guys rock! Thanks for making it all worth it. Thanks to my wonderful team, this is our Win guys! Yes! We did it.

“To Tewa Onasanya and the @eloyawards team, I thank you. May God bless the work of your hands. Thanks for counting me worthy.This is Esther’s second award this year, it will be recalled that the social entrepreneur won the “Humanitarian of the Year” at the D&K Soumi awards back in August.


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