I had seen a photo shared on Facebook a week earlier, regarding the protest that would be taking place outside of the Nigerian Embassy on Mayday bank holiday. I had also invited a close friend as we both shared similar beliefs towards the devastation that Northern Nigeria is facing due to the abduction of 234 innocent school girls, during a physics exam in a school in Chibok.
My heart aches for my country, and since I’m not there, it doesn’t mean that I can’t spread awareness for it in London! Protest it is. Now, I’ve never considered protesting in my life unless it’s something of good use that will reach out to the public, and be displayed in a positive light.
Reporter: Hannah Journo
I had arrived the protest only moments before it began and was inspired by every moment of it; not just Nigerians but people from other parts of Africa and the world were joining to fight for out girls. There were a countless number of signs and friendly faces welcoming people in to peacefully protest for Nigeria.
Our voices were heard, I was interviewed by the likes of CNN and London live, as well as being featured in an article by The Guardian, speaking confidently about my feelings towards the events happening in Nigeria.
It was not only exhilarating but fantastic knowing that my city – London, actually cared. We were allowed to protest and had even been provided barriers from the police who had set it up for us.
Another protest was held on Sunday 4th May also outside of the Nigerian embassy and ITV journalist Charlene White proudly joined the protesters and also posted photos of her time there on Instagram.
The Nigerian government may be hiding, but the public certainly aren’t! We want our girls back home. Now.
There will be another protest this Friday 9th May outside of the Nigerian embassy in Trafalgar Square. Be there to show support and raise more awareness for the safety of the girls!