Aisha Yesufu (born 12 December 1974), is a Nigerian socio-political activist, and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, an advocacy group that brings attention to the abduction of over 200 girls, from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, on 14 April 2014, by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Yesufu was among the women protestors at Nigeria’s National Assembly, in the nation’s capital, Abuja, on 30 April 2014.
Yesufu has also been at the forefront of the End SARS movement, which draws attention to the excesses of a controversial police unit in the Nigeria Police Force, called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Yesufu has said she “would not leave the fight against End SARS protest in Nigeria for her children.
Aisha Yesufu Biography, Date Of Birth, Early Life, Family And Education
Aisha Yesufu was born in December 1974 in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria, but her parents originally hailed from Edo State. Growing up wasn’t rosy for her, as her parents weren’t financially buoyant enough. According to Aisha, the place she grew up in Kano could be compared to a ghetto. The locality was in fact, nicknamed the Ajegunle of Kano and you could see a lot of street children, drug users and almajiris roaming around on a regular basis.
Aisha Yesufu was determined to go to school despite all the challenges she faced, especially as a girl child living in the northern part of the country. By the time she was 11 years old, most of her friends where already married, but she was determined to be educated and of course, leave the ghetto.
Yesufu initially got admission to study at the Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in 1992, but had to leave the school after a crisis. She proceeded to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she gained admission to study Medicine but had to leave it again after the institution was closed following the murder of a professor in 1994. She finally completed her university education at Bayero University, Kano, where she graduated with a B.Sc degree in Microbiology.
Aisha Yesufu got married to her husband, Aliu in 1996, at the age of 24 and they celebrated their marriage anniversary in 2018. The union is blessed with two lovely children, a boy and a girl.
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