The Chief Executive Officer of Rubies Ink Initiative for Women and Children, Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye, has won the “Young Person of the Year Award” at the just-concluded Miss Tourism Nigeria Beauty Pageant.
The award was bestowed on Ijewere-Kalejaiye on July 9.
The award, which was introduced last year to the event, is aimed at recognizing the effort of an outstanding youth and change agent in the last one year.
While speaking on the award, the President of the Miss Tourism Nigeria Pageant, Santiago Roberts, said: “We are presenting you this award for your immense contribution to Lagos State as well as lending voice and pushing the boundaries towards young people’s better living conditions and supporting women.
“We believe that much could be gained from your wealth of experience and pool of knowledge.”
Reacting, Ijewere-Kalejaiye said: “Big thanks to the organisers of the Miss Tourism Nigeria Pageant for honouring me with the Young Person of the Year award.
“Thanks for recognizing my work and counting me worthy of such honour.
“It means a lot to me that my work at Rubies Ink Initiative for Women and Children, the umbrella organisation for several life touching projects such as: Walk Against Rape, Women of Rubies, Project Capable, Rubies Ink Media and the College Acquaintance Rape Education Workshop is being recognized.
“This is dedicated to every selfless young woman out there doing something positive and making an impact.
“Keep pushing and don’t give up.
“When I started out in 2009, I just wanted to make a difference and touch lives.
“To wake up every day knowing I’m a solution to someone’s problem.
“This has been my motivating factor and I thank God my effort so far isn’t going unrecognized.
“Once again, this is a challenge to do more.”
The winner of the Miss Tourism Nigeria will work closely with Ijewere-Kalejaiye’s organization throughout the year on several pet projects as it relates to women and children.
Miss Tourism Nigeria (World) is an international franchise of the Miss Tourism World Organization, an annual tourism pageant showcasing over 70 countries.