Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


Bring Back Our Daughters

By on April 30, 2014

“In the wake of the military’s failure, parents banded together and raised money to send several of their number into the forest to search for the girls. The group came across villagers who persuaded the parents to turn back. They told the parents that they had seen the girls nearby, but the insurgents were too well armed. Many of the parents had just bows and arrows”
Nigeria’s Stolen Girls

I am Nigerian.

I went to school in Nigeria.

I took exams in school.

I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like to be in the middle of taking exams which you had spent a great deal of time preparing for, in the hope that your future will be just a little brighter, only to have your chances dashed by a bunch of ne’er do well insurgents. Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigeria for a long time now, but this time, the group has gone too sickeningly far. To think that they have abducted these girls and decided of their own accord to make them child brides is not just disgusting, it is totally unheard of in today’s modern world. Words are not enough to express how totally unacceptable this is. We are not asking for a super-fantastic miracle, just bring back our daughters.