BE 100s Billionaire Sponsors Girls Rescued from Boko Haram

College scholarships will help ensure their future

Boko Haram
#bringbackourgirls campaign continues in Nigeria Credit: Nigerianeye.com

Last summer, my daughter got very sick. I cried every day for a week, unsure of what her future would hold.

Thank God, she’s OK now. But I cannot imagine the anguish mothers of the daughters kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram have been going through. I was able to see my daughter every day, and because we have good health insurance through BLACK ENTERPRISE, she was seen by a specialist.

But it’s interesting that I was most concerned about my daughter’s future. In October, the Nigerian Army rescued 21 of the 200 girls snatched from the Chibok region of Nigeria. They’d been held in captivity since April 2014, but after such an ordeal what kind of future could these girls hope to have?

 

Robert Smith, BE 100s Billionaire

 

Thankfully, a black American billionaire, Robert Frederick Smith, is reportedly assisting 24 of the kidnapped girls in a tangible way that will help to ensure that they have a hope and a future.

Here’s an excerpt via Mic.

Two dozen Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls will have the opportunity to restart their lives after surviving nearly two years of captivity under terrorist group Boko Haram thanks to the help of black billionaire Robert Frederick Smith, Quartz reported last month.

Nigerian media announced that Smith, founder of the American private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, will be sponsoring the education of 24 Chibok schoolgirls, including 21 who were released in October. According to Garba Shehu, Nigeria’s presidential spokesman, Smith’s scholarships will sponsor the girls to attend the prestigious American University of Nigeria, Yola.

 

A Hope and a Future

 

“A black American billionaire, Mr. Robert Smith, who is currently sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set of escapees from Boko Haram at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, has offered to pay for the education of the 21 released girls through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free,” Shehu said in a statement to Nigerian newspaper Leadership.

Smith, the father of two young girls, first heard news of Boko Haram kidnapping the girls when driving his own children to school. He was shaken by the report, he told the Guardian in 2015; the lack of media coverage and international concern frustrated Smith even more.

“We’ve got the Black Lives Matter campaign going on [in the U.S.] at the moment, and these girls matter too,” Smith added. “Their lives matter not just because of the events that happened, but just because their lives matter.”

To read more, go to the Identities.Mic website.