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Local Nigerian Scholar Speaks About Kidnapped Girls

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A West Tennessean from Nigeria is speaking out about the hundreds of school girls kidnapped in her home country.

Bosede Afolami is 19 years old, but unlike most teens just starting college, Afolami graduated this month from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a finance degree.

"It's weird because it's just a norm for me," Afolami said, explaining that children in Nigeria go to school as soon as they can talk. "I am just going to college at the normal age I would if I was still in Nigeria."

Afolami and her family moved to Memphis when she was 12, and she even graduated from high school at the age of 15. The recent graduate says education is important to her, and that's why the kidnapping of the school girls hits so close to home.

"That could have been anyone...that could have been me," Afolami expressed. "I could have been taken."

Afolami tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News it's unthinkable the girls were taken for trying to do the same thing many take for granted.

"All they want is an education. All they want is to be educated women," Afolami said.

The 19-year-old and her family have been following the story closely, and believe both Nigeria and America are doing their best to find the girls. Afolami explains she fears what will happen once they are rescued.

"One of my main concerns is that they will be saved and be scared and not want to go back to school," she said.

Afolami hopes more Americans will research the situation and spread the word to help bring home the kidnapped girls.
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