Malala meets Nigerian president on 17th birthday

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist, spent her 17th birthday in talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Malala, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, met with the leader to discuss stepping up efforts regarding the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

She spent her 12 July birthday, officially named ‘Malala Day’ by the United Nations, at Mr Jonathan’s presidential villa helping to devise a way to free the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram back in April.

The activist spent her 16th birthday speaking to the UN about universal education rights. Malala’s tireless work for others has never ceased, even after she was shot by Taliban activists in Pakistan whilst boarding a bus to school in 2009. 

The social media campaign #bringbackourgirls is supported by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Michelle Obama and Bradley Cooper.

Boko Haram, whose name translates as "Western education is forbidden", took the girls during a raid on their boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok in Borno state.

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