Stephanie Busari Returns to Chibok: A Decade of Advocacy and the Lingering Shadows Over Girls' Education

By Ifeanyi Abraham
Article Stephanie Busari Returns to Chibok: A Decade of Advocacy and the Lingering Shadows Over Girls' Education

In April 2014, the world was jolted by the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram, a grim event that sparked the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign. A decade later, the story continues to resonate, thanks in large part to relentless journalists like CNN’s Stephanie Busari, who has dedicated ten years to keeping this critical issue in the public eye. On the tenth anniversary of the abductions, Busari returned to Chibok, highlighting the continuing impact of this tragedy on girls’ education and gender inequality in Nigeria.

Stephanie Busari's Commitment
Stephanie Busari has approached the Chibok story with a unique blend of journalistic rigour and personal commitment. Since the abductions, she has consistently provided updates, engaged with government authorities, and utilised platforms like TED Talks to maintain international attention on the girls and the broader issues at stake. Her return to Chibok is part of CNN's global campaign, "As Equals," which aims to spotlight systemic gender inequalities worldwide.

The Trip Back to Chibok
For the tenth anniversary, Stephanie's journey back to Chibok was not just a return to a place but a revisitation of ongoing pain and resilience. She met with the mothers of the abducted girls, many of whom still wait with dwindling hope for their daughters' return. Through her in-depth stories, featured prominently in CNN’s campaign, she sheds light on the personal tales of these women, intertwining them with broader socio-political narratives that underscore the persistent challenges and inequities faced by girls in Nigeria.

Impact on Girls' Education
The Chibok abductions have cast a long, dark shadow over girls' education in Nigeria. The fear of similar incidents has led to increased security concerns around schooling for girls, particularly in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram's insurgency has been most pronounced. This fear significantly impacts school attendance rates and educational quality, perpetuating a cycle of gender disparity in education and broader societal roles.

Systemic Issues and the "As Equals" Campaign

Stephanie's reports contribute to "As Equals", CNN’s global series focused on gender equality which provides a platform for these stories from various global perspectives. The Chibok story is a poignant example of how gender-targeted violence can disrupt and derail educational opportunities for girls, leading to broader systemic inequalities that haunt communities for generations.

As she continues to spotlight Chibok, her work exemplifies the power of persistent, empathetic journalism in driving social change. By connecting the past and the present, she not only honours the memories of those affected but also reminds us of the ongoing struggles against gender inequality in education. As we reflect on the past decade, the lessons of Chibok must guide future efforts to ensure safe, accessible education for all girls, highlighting the need for global attention and local action in combating gender-based violence and educational disparities.

About the Author
Ifeanyi Abraham is the founder of and, have significantly impacted the visibility and networking capabilities of professionals across the globe. His journey through the echelons of the tech and business world is marked by notable achievements and contributions, particularly in the vibrant startup ecosystem of Nigeria and beyond. This trajectory has not only established him as a visionary entrepreneur but also as a bridge-builder in the professional world, connecting talent with opportunities across continents.