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#BringBackOurGirls: Aisha Yesufu on the fight for Nigerian girls right to education

#BringBackOurGirls: Aisha Yesufu on the fight for Nigerian girls right to education

‘To give up on the Chibok girls is to give up on the little girl that I once was.’ – Aisha Yesufu.

In 2014, 276 young female students were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Northern Nigeria by the Islamist terrorist organisation Boko Haram. A social media campaign swiftly followed #BringBackOurGirls which attracted massive international attention and coverage.

The co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement and BBC’s Top 100 women, Aisha Yesufu sits down with journalist Maya Elese to discuss how the movement is indicative of class inequalities in Nigeria, allegations of corruption, the security situation in the country, the links between #EndSARS and #BringBackOurGirls and accounts of the Chibok girls’ experiences during the ordeal.

Interview By: Maya Elese – a freelance multimedia journalist producing work surrounding culture, women’s affairs and identity. She produces for the BBC and writes for Huff Post UK and The Independent. Twitter: @mayaelese IG:@mayaelese

Header Image: @artbyfunmi sourced from Aisha’s Instagram

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