|Esther Eshiet having a royal handshake with the Queen of England|
Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom – On Monday, 22nd June, 2015, Cross River born Esther Eshiet was among few Nigerians who had the honour to be invited to attend THE FIRST QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS AWARDS at Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom. She didn’t just attend the event at the royal palace, but she had the very rare privilege to have a royal handshake with her Majesty, The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II.
Present at the event were the four young Nigerians receiving the honourable award: Isaiah Owolabi, Kelvin Ogholi, Nkechikwu Azinge and Oladipupo Ajiroba. Other guests who attended the event include David Beckham,12 Years a Slave director, Steve McQueen, Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus and her husband.
Esther Eshiet who sits on the advisory panel of this prestigious award started her career as a volunteer, garnering over a decade of experience in development work. Her core competence is in Sexual & Reproductive health, Right, Employability, Entrepreneurship as well as Policy and Strategy.
With an unflinching passion for working with young people, she founded the Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project, an organization that inspires, equips and facilitates opportunities for young people in transitional stages of their lives, enabling them seamlessly transit from school to work.
Esther’s work experience which spans through national and international organizations.In 2010 she became a Moremi Initiative Fellow, selected amongst top 25 young women leaders in Africa, in 2012,she was awarded the Prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship by the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council.
Esther is also an Ashoka Innovator for the Public Fellow and was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2014.
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