From DC with love: A diaspora's fight to bring back the girls

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 26 April 2016

Omolola Adele-Oso, founder of Act4Accountabillity. Photo by: Act4Accountability

Frustrated with the silence she was getting from the Nigerian government and its embassy, Omolola Adele-Oso posted on Facebook at the end of April 2014 that she’d be visiting the embassy the following week — and anyone who wished to demand accountability for the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria was welcome to join.

A week later, she was surrounded by about 300 people outside the Nigerian embassy in Washington, D.C., and members of the international press were asking her: What’s the name of your organization?

“I just had not thought about it, and on the spot I said ‘well we're acting for accountability so we are Act4Accountability,’” she recalled, laughing.

That was more than two years ago, right after Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. Some 57 of the girls have been reported to have escaped since, but the rest are thought to remain in captivity.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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