In February this year, a Nigerian woman by name Pastor Esther Ibanga was awarded Japan Peace Prize for her Anti-Boko Haram Activism by a Buddhist group-backed foundation called "Niwano Peace Foundation".
Esther choose not to keep silent on extremism.Shekept up a vocal protest against Boko Haram kidnappings.
The Niwano Peace Foundation had this to say about Esther...
“Esther has worked extensively to foster and facilitate reconciliation between conflicting religious and tribal groups,setting up an organisation that has all tribal women leaders on its membership".
The foundation said it had awarded her its 20 million yen annual prize because of the way she has tirelessly pressured central and local governing officials in her efforts to fight back against extremists.Leading for the Future