Same girl, different side of her (When you know you are a whirlwind)

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I am overlooking the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara state in this picture. That was after the abduction of some of the students by bandits. This picture reminds me of how the aspirations of many of those girls for education has been cut off, thanks to attacks.
UNESCO’s latest data says Nigeria now has over 20m out-of-school children. But beyond the insurgency and attacks on schools, the ASUU strike is now the most concerning. A nation that allows its educational system to collapse is one to worry about.
In the last couple of days after my post about Adeola, a 300-level student now interning and learning carpentry, I have had a lot of students reaching out to me. Most of them are now struggling with depression, some will want to do something else, but they have not the slightest motivation.
I don’t know how else to wrap my head around the situation of things around here. Some days words and ideas fail you, the last few days, every other time I get these messages from students- words fail me. It’s tough for them.
Be kind to any of them you see. Their frustrations present differently. I hope Nigeria becomes better indeed.
Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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