Serial Entrepreneur & Champion for Nigerian Women's Rights, Aisha Oyebode, Is Featured in July/

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Co-Convener of #BringBackOurGirls Speaks on How Significant Education Is To Securing A Happy, Successful Future.

NEW YORK - July 18, 2018 - eTradeWire -- (New York, NY) Aisha Oyebode is a force to be reckoned with. She is a wife, mother of three, businesswoman, advocate, author, scholar and soon to be Dr.; she just completed the first year of a Ph.D. program at the University of London, where she is studying women in conflict.  Her mission is to help women and girls (primarily in Nigeria) access the fundamental right to education. In a country where most believe that only boys have a right to be educated, Aisha has fought tirelessly to secure the same rights for girls.

Aisha's mother was an entrepreneur and her father served as Nigeria's head of state in the seventies. Her father, General Murtala Muhammed, was assassinated when she was 12. He knew the importance of Aisha getting an education and insisted she stay in school. "I'm the first girl in my family who didn't get married at 13, and it was because my father really understood the value of an education," she tells Essence. And as a result, Aisha has earned multiple degrees including an M.B.A and law degree.

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She would later (in 2002) found the Murtala Muhammed Foundation in memory of her father. The foundation is centered on education and is dedicated to engendering socio-economic change on the African continent.

In 2014, Boko Haram (which literally means "Western education is forbidden") kidnapped 276 Chibok girls. Aisha co-founded a movement #BringBackOurGirls, a hashtag shared by the Former First Lady Michelle Obama, celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and Sean Combs, and the Pope. To date, only 107 of those girls have been returned, which means the remaining girls are still in captivity and deprived of an education. Aisha's mother taught her to never turn her back to those in need: "My mother always said '…You have a responsibility to give back.'"

In addition to her and her husband Gbenga's philanthropy, Aisha oversees construction and retail businesses. Her other mission is to help Nigeria be as prosperous as it can be by bringing other business initiatives and working with others to positively influence Nigeria's economy.

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She sits on several boards including the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program. She also recently published a book, The Daughters of Chibok, which will be released later this year. She speaks all over the globe and advises on international social impact, with a deep expertise on Africa-related women and girls' initiatives. Aisha continues her good works for women and Nigeria as well as other parts of the world: "It's wonderful to be able to make a change, to be able to positively impact people's lives."

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