ESTHER IJEWERE WINS SOCIAL INNOVATION AWARD
For her outstanding contribution in the empowerment of the female gender for self sustainable through the provision of capacity building platform to help women for the discovery and accomplishment of goal, 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 Innovation award at the recently-held Voice of Women Conference organized by Wfm.917,at the NAF Conference, Abuja on November 19th, 2019.
While she was unable to attend the epoch- making event, Esther was well represented by her sister, who gave an outstanding speech on her behalf, reflecting on Esther’s background and her determination to add value to humanity in every little way she can.
Reacting to the award, Esther took to her social media page to show her appreciation: “Thanks for recognizing my work and honoring me with this award Wfm91.7 as a Social Innovator at the Voice of Women Conference and awards today.
Thanks Toun Okewale , for counting me worthy. May God honour you sis. I’m grateful and I appreciate you for all you do to empower women and give us a voice.
Special thanks to my younger sister Oye, for receiving this on my behalf. Love you
Thanks to my wonderful Women of Rubies team for making it easy, big thanks to every woman who has given me the opportunity to showcase their work since 2015.
I dedicate this award to my 2 daughters, it’s been a very rough year for me, but you both have been very understanding, smart and compassionate.
For all the times you said “Mom, we understand” , “Mom, it’s okay”, and just really showing I’m not alone in this “lone” journey, Thank you my Angels. I pray you make better choices in life.
I put in so much work because I want to make a difference in the world, but above all I want you to have a good legacy you can be proud to identify with when you grow up and choose your life path.
I want you to know Mommy isn’t perfect, but she rose above her dysfunctional background and life challenges to build something worthwhile and add value to humanity.
You both are the highlight of my existence as a human being, for all the times I have been rejected, humiliated and turned down, having you in my life has changed how I see myself.
Because of you my girls, I wake up everyday and I have that innate belief that it’s going to be a good day.
Dear Mom, you made the right choice bringing me to the world against all odds and I love you with every fiber of my being. Thanks for not giving up on me.
Thank you Jesus, for this, that and everything.
This is a challenge to do more, and I pray to keep being a loyal vessel.