Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian social and political activist who became prominent for her role in speaking up for the abducted Chibok girls in 2014. She was the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign that tirelessly help Protests demanding for the release of the 276 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok.
Aisha Yesufu was born On December 1974 meaning she’s 46 years old, she’s from Agbede in Edo state but resides in Kano. She was born and raised in Kano State. According to her, she said her parents were poor and she described where she grew up as a ghetto.
She said, “Where I grew up in Kano State can be compared to a Ghetto, infact, some people call it Ajegunle of Kano where you have a lot of drug users, street children, almajiris and using drugs was very normal over there. If you were not into drugs in that area, you were seen as an odd person”.
Her Educational background
We all know how difficult it is for girl children living in Northern Nigeria to go to school, Aisha’s case wasn’t like that, she was determined to get educated.
She said ” By the time I was 11 years old, I did not have any female friends because all of them had been married off but I wanted to be educated and leave the ghetto”.
She got admission into Uthman Dan Fodio University in 1992 but later left the school after a crisis and enrolled at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Medicine.
She left Ahmadu Bello University again after a professor was killed in 1994. She finally completed her University Education at Bayero University, Kano where she graduated with a Degree in Microbiology.
Her work profile,
Political Activist, Aisha Yesufu is a business woman. She has never worked for anyone and don’t intend to do. She said, ” After my schooling, I went into business, I have n0m lever worked for anyone in my life and I never intend to do. I have been doing business since 2000, I started my business after school and it became me main focus”.
We move to her Marriage
Aisha Yesufu got married in 1996, that is she got married at the age of 22 While she was still in the University. She got married to her husband Aliu. They celebrated their 20 years anniversary in 2018.
Aisha Yesufu and her husband, Aliu has two children together, A boy and A girl. Her youngest child was born on December 6, 2001 and she turned 18 in 2019, she will be 19 this year December.
Now let’s go into what brought her into limelight, ACTIVISM
Aisha Yesufu has always been known for speaking out against any form of injustice since from a young age. In many if her Interviews, she described how she participated in a number of Protest while in school.
Aisha said, ” For me, activism has been part of me all my life. I am somebody that stands up against injustice because I have a Big mouth”.
Aisha did a very great work on Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), While talking about her involvement in the Chibok girl’s campaign, Aisha Yesufu said she saw her speaking up for the kidnapped Chibok girls as an avenue to give back to her society.
The Activist said, I remember that I was at the gym with a friend who told me that later that day, she was going for a protest because of the kidnapped Chibok girls. I asked for the colour they were wearing and she said red. Since I did not have a red hijab, I decided to buy one that day and I called my husband to inform him of my decision and he supported me, that was how it started. When the Chibok girls incident happened, I was already set to give back to my society and and I saw that as an avenue.
Aisha Yesufu has the believe that women’s voice must be heard because many people do say a woman voice should not be heard especially a Muslim woman. She gave a reference to a great woman whose name is Aisha in the holy book of quaran, she said: Some people say a woman should not be heard, especially a Muslim woman. But over time in history, there have been exceptional women, who stood out in the Muslim world and did a lot of things.
Wezz have people like Aisha, one of the prophet’s wives (peace be upon him), who would stand for justice and would not tolerate any form of injustice. She was very outspoken, very intelligent and very knowledgeable. There was a time she went to war against a particular caliphate that was involved in some issues she felt wasn’t right. She continued, ”Relegating women to the background is not about Islam. It’s about the culture of those involved. The woman has many places in Islam. Yes, there are some things she cannot do, but overall, her right has been given to her and she has a lot she can do. She has a right to property, she can inherit, she can be inherited from and there is child support in case of divorce. But these are things people don’t do again; they forgot and tie things to Islam. Being a Muslim woman doesn’t mean one cannot have one’s voice out there.’’
Aisha Yesufu also participated in the ongoing#Endsars Protest in Nigeria organized by Nigerian Youth. The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria’s government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS. Within a weekend (9-11 October, 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28 million tweets. Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, highhandedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extra judicial killings, and extortion.
She played an important role in the Protest by facing big personalities, Politicians, Government and Police Chiefs
She became a living hero that Nigerian Youth celebrate, she speak up for Youths.