Two former students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, have graduated from Southeastern University in the United States almost a decade after escaping from Boko Haram insurgents.
Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu were among the Chibok secondary school girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, but they escaped before being ferried away.
Seven years later, and both have bagged degrees in different fields of study.
Bishara graduated with a degree in social work, and Pogu earned her degree in legal studies and graduated on April 30.
According to the duo, they escaped by jumping off the truck while being driven away from their community by the terrorists.
Recounting their ordeal, Bishara told GMA3;
“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.”
On how she felt the day she graduated, Bishara 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’.”
“It was exciting to walk on that stage after being told you can’t do it.”
— GMA3: What You Need To Know (@ABCGMA3) May 7, 2021