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Nigerian activist and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Aisha Yesufu has been listed amongst the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for the year 2020.
She listed alongside Sanna Marin who leads Finland’s all-female coalition government, Michelle Yeoh, star of the new Avatar and Marvel films, and Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine and Jane Fonda, American actress and climate activist.
During the widespread #EndSARS protests across Nigeria recently, she was the face of the massive street processions, with many hailing her as a heroine for her role in calling for an end to police brutality and reform.
The outspoken activist was also recognized by Twitter as her handle was verified after many Nigerians pushed for her to be given the blue tick by the micro-blogging website.
According to the BBC, this year’s 100 Women list “is highlighting those who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times.
Born on December 1974 in Kano, Yesufu is married to Aliu Yesufu and the couple has two children together.