Husband of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Co-Founder Reflects on Aisha Yesufu’s Journey

Aliu Yesufu, husband of Aisha Yesufu, co-founder of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement, shared insights into his wife’s transformation from a shy young lady to a renowned activist during a symposium in Abuja. Speaking at the event celebrating the 70th birthday of Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili, husband of former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Yesufu revealed Aisha’s initial timidity and fear of public speaking.

He reminisced, “When I married Aisha, she was in her 300 Level. Nobody knew her then. She was timid and used to be afraid of speaking in public.” Yesufu recounted how he supported and encouraged Aisha in overcoming her fears, often assisting her with speeches until she gained confidence.

Reflecting on the role of men in relationships, Yesufu emphasized the importance of humility and avoiding a competitive mindset with one’s spouse. He acknowledged the societal perception shift towards his wife as she became involved in activism and anti-corruption advocacy.

Yesufu humorously shared anecdotes about the challenges of being married to a prominent activist, including instances where he was asked to step aside for photographs with Aisha. Despite the occasional humorous encounters, Yesufu affirmed his unwavering support for his wife’s endeavors, acknowledging the impact of societal expectations but asserting that coping with her activism was not a difficult task.

In solidarity with Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili, Yesufu acknowledged the unique dynamic of being married to influential women and the adjustments required. Despite societal norms and perceptions, Yesufu expressed pride in his wife’s achievements and his commitment to supporting her journey.


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