Two Chibok girls graduate from US varsity — 7 years after escaping Boko Haram
Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, ex-students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, who escaped from Boko Haram in 2014, have graduated from Southeastern University in the United States.
Bishara and Pogu were among the 276 girls kidnapped by the insurgent group in the first mass student abduction witnessed in Nigeria on April 14, 2014.
The duo managed to escape captivity by jumping off the truck while they were being carted away by the kidnappers.
Bishara — with a degree in social work, while Pogu earned a degree in legal studies — graduated on April 30.
Commenting on their ordeal and success, Bishara recalled how in a few seconds, she had to decide if she was going to die from an accident or in the hands of the insurgents.
“I remember thinking about what my mum would do at that moment then I prayed. I just remembered a voice in my head saying ‘jump out’. I knew I was going to die either way. I chose to die and that was how I jumped out,” Bishara told GMA3.
Asked how she felt on the day of her graduation, she said: “It was awesome, I felt great. I remember being told that I wasn’t going to be able to finish high school; that I was dumb. I never gave up or listened to all the negative talks. It was exciting to walk on that stage after being told ‘you can’t do it’.”