On July 12, 2023, girlchild education icon, Malala Yusufzai, visited Borno State in Nigeria as part of her 26th birthday celebration. On her courtesy visit she highlighted the significant number of girls worldwide who do not have the opportunity to receive an education.
The Nobel Laureate and Pakistan-born girlchild education activist, was accompanied by her father, Mr. Yusufza, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, and other personalities.
"Today I’m in Nigeria celebrating my birthday with girls, a tradition I started 10 years ago. Since my first speech at the United Nations after surviving being shot, I finished my high school and graduated from university. I founded Malala Fund and travelled to 31 countries to meet advocates like me who are fighting to improve access to girls’ education. We have seen achievements and setbacks, but we keep fighting." she said, shedding light on the mission of her trip.
"At 16 years old, I couldn’t imagine what the next decade would hold — for myself or girls like me. But I was hopeful because I saw the world waking up to the injustices we faced".
"Today I can see the future more clearly — because I have met our future leaders. Girls and young women, like the ones in this photo, understand the power of education — and they are working to open the school gates wide enough for every child to enter. I know that if we match their determination, fund their work and follow their lead, we will see so much more progress in the next ten years" Malala wrote on Instagram calling the rest of the world to action for investment in the education of young African girls and vulnerable young girls around the world.