Full biography of Nigerian political activist, Aisha Yesufu

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Who is Aisha Yesufu?

Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian social and political activist who came to prominence for her role in speaking up for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in 2014. Aisha Yesufu was the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girl (BBOG) campaign that tirelessly held protests demanding for the rescue of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists in Chibok.

Full data profile of Aisha Yesufu

Full nameAisha Yesufu
Age46
BirthdayDecember 1974
Height5″10
Alma materBayero University, Kano
State of originEdo State
State of residenceKano
Marital StatusMarried
TribeEtsako
CareerActivist, microbiologist, businesswoman

Aisha Yesufu’s Childhood

Aisha Yesufu was born and raised in Kano State. Her parents were poor. Aisha described where she grew up as a ghetto.

She said: “Where I grew up in Kano State can be compared to a ghetto, in fact, some people call it the Ajegunle of Kano where you have a lot of drug users, street children, almajiris, and using drugs was very normal over there. If you were not into drugs in that area, you were seen as an odd person.”

Aisha Yesufu’s Education

Aisha Yesufu said she was determined to go to school despite how difficult it was for girl children living in northern Nigeria to go to school.

She said: “By the time I was 11 years old, I did not have any female friends because all of them had been married off but I wanted to be educated and leave the ghetto.”

Aisha Yesufu initially got admission at the Uthman Dan Fodio University in 1992 but later left the school after a crisis and enrolled at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Medicine. Aisha Yesufu left Ahmadu Bello University again after the school was closed following the murder of a professor in 1994. Aisha Yesufu finally completed her tertiary education at Bayero University, Kano, where she graduated with a degree in Microbiology.

Aisha Yesufu’s work profile

Aisha Yesufu is a businesswoman. She said she has never worked for anyone and don’t intend to. She said: “After my schooling, I went into business, I have never worked for anyone in my life and I never intend to. I have been doing business since 2000; I started my business after school and it became my main focus.”

Aisha Yesufu with her husband, Aliu

Aisha Yesufu’s Marriage

Aisha Yesufu got married in 1996, at the age of 24 while she was still in the university. Aisha Yesufu and her husband Aliu celebrated their 20 years wedding anniversary in 2018.

Aisha Yesufu’s Children

Aisha Yesufu and her husband Aliu have two children together, an older son and a daughter. Aisha Yesufu’s youngest child was born on December 6, 2001, and she turned 18 in 2019.

Aisha Yesufu’s Activism

Aisha Yesufu said she has always been known for speaking out against any form of injustice since from a young age. In many of her interviews, Aisha Yesufu described how she participated in a number of protests while in school.

Aisha Yesufu said: “For me, activism has been part of me all my life. I am somebody that stands up against injustice because I have a ‘big mouth.’”

Aisha Yesufu, husband and two children.

Aisha Yesufu’s work on Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG)

Talking about her involvement in the Chibok girls’ campaign, Aisha Yesufu said she saw her speaking up for the kidnapped Chibok girls as an avenue to give back to her society.

Aisha Yesufu said: “I remember that I was at the gym with a friend who told me that later that day, she was going for a protest because of the abducted Chibok girls. I asked for the colour they were wearing and she said red. Since I did not have a red hijab, I decided to buy one that day. I called my husband to inform him of my decision and he supported me; that was how it started. When the Chibok girls’ incident happened, I was already set to give back to my society and I saw that as an avenue.”

Other interesting facts to know about Aisha Yesufu

Though Aisha Yesufu was born and raised in northern Nigeria, she is not from the north. Aisha Yesufu is actually from Edo State and so is her husband.

Aisha Yesufu has also revealed that she is not a big fan of house chores.

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50 thoughts on “Full biography of Nigerian political activist, Aisha Yesufu

    1. It is not good to work on assumption. This write up on this great woman, A’ish Yusuf, had deleted substantial wrong impression about her education, marital status, state, values and many other things about her. It is very rear end o find a Muslim woman being an activist. A’isha, you are an asset to the poor mases.

    2. I’m really proud of this woman. However I would like her tribe to be edited, she’s from Edo state but she’s not Bini. She’s from the Northern part of Edo state, Etsako by tribe. I hope this correction will be taken note of. Once again great writeup, great woman!!

      1. Thank you so much for the update, Kimberly. A source just confirmed you are right and the post has been accordingly updated.

    3. Hmmm this thing that are doing it isn’t seek to almighty allah know that you are muslim u belonged to islam region and u are female know that are not male due even u are a male ur religion does not teach make ur life in this process thing that it’s ur right,u are true muslim plis stop using islam name,u don’t have islam education

  1. We are observing your sagacity..
    What a great woman. I actually came here to read more about you ma after seeing your activism online… Stay strong please 💪

    1. Thank you Mrs Aisha Yusuf. You are a rare gem and a great Asset to our nation. You are a role model and I know many are challenged by your courage to stand for the truth. God will help you as you keep the life on I so proud of you. Thank you for giving back to the society

  2. God will keep u for this generation and ur family…..keep on being strong aisha….

    “The definition of life is a nation where the child of nobody can rise up to be somebody without knowing anybody”

    “No Nigerian is more Nigerian than any other Nigerian”

  3. What a great woman you are, I never knew you were from Edo state, What really caught my attention was that a Northern being in the forefront of every protest.
    More Grace ma’am and I pray that God will always guild and guard you!!

  4. I had to come here to read more about you,you just gave me more reasons to always stand strong,tall and firm.

    Thank you Aisha🙌
    You’re indeed a rare gem and a great woman that is worth emulating.

  5. I have never heard about u before but your passion for justice got me here to search online who Aisha Yesufu is because I was wondering how could a northern woman be so gallant in advocating for the youths. I never knew u are from zero state. I say Kudos to u!!! More wisdom madam.

  6. I had to come here to read about you
    “Statue of liberty”
    I love your dogeddness….. I have been geared up to do exploits and my awareness that “a girl” can do much better is rekindled… Thank you ma for standing strong 💪

  7. I don’t like history as a subject, but with you I’ll tell my children in future that Nigerian leaders were nothing to write about, but a very beautiful lady with a brave heart joined the youths to protest, she stood for us while we ran. You’ll never be forgotten Madam Aisha. God bless you and keep you and your family and may you live long to witness a good Nigeria, we won’t fail you, you’ll be proud of this generation. Thank you so much, your kind is rare! ❤️

  8. I am indeed amazed and overjoyed that a woman like her will be going against all odds to do the amazing work she’s doing.
    She’s indeed a rare breed.
    Stay strong ma’am 💪

  9. It shall be well with you, your children and entire family mama yesufu. The hands of evil men shall not prevail over you. We love you dearly. Allah protect you. Whosoever plans your death shall die for your sake.

  10. Ma, you have got us all proud in this nation. Hope again for our female child. Keep stronger, the Lord is your strength. You are most appreciated.

  11. Well done Aisha!!!! I came here to read and to know more about you. You are strong woman. May God continue to use you to always bring justice to the week. I stand always🙏

    1. I’m not really on any social media except whatsapp, I thank God for whatsapp status. I was able to get a view of what you’ve been doing regarding the brutality of Nigerian Police force as a whole. I’m glad and grateful to God for letting me know that there’s still someone who cares so much about Nigeria and want a better Nigeria where we as youths can live freely without having our lives taken at any given time. I pray all your efforts will be crowned with success. As a human right activist, I’m proud that you’ve never forgotten we youths and the helpless in Nigeria.
      I admire your courage alot, you’re truly blessed. Aisha please keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll keep praying for your protection Ma. Your good deeds can never be forgotten. You’ll forever be an inspiration to we Nigerians

  12. Thank you for standing for the youths… funny I don’t even know u
    But today I googled ur name. Pls don’t slack thanks for giving us voice

  13. Keep it on Aisha! Solidly in support of injustices in Nigeria.
    May God continue to protect u!!
    May u never be like Oshomole who stood for the poor masses when he was the NLC president, & against the same people when acquired power.
    Niger delta blood, no allow them infiltrate ur integrity o.

    1. I had to come online to search the biography of this rear gem. You are amazing Aishat. How I wish this energy can be channel to other national issues..Nigerians are suffering and smiling.
      The lord will bless and keep you.Looking forward for a better Nigeria

  14. As I go through the different comment here, tears welled up in my eyes. Aisha, you are indeed a great woman who started from the scratch. May Almighty Allah be your shield and fortress 🙏

  15. Women like you is what we want in this country. After reading through your biography I knew that there a Leader in you ma. Thanks for standing for Nigeria,God bless you.

    1. Thank u sister, we the Etsakos are so proud of u and ur courage. May Allah continue to be ur strength, guide n protect u……

  16. Aisha you are a light to this generation. Just keep on with your good fight because now all Nigerians are with you and it will pay far more than what this corrupt government can give as bribe.

  17. Thank you so much for the great job you have done and still doing. You are a rare gem. So proud of you. May GOD keep you and avert any evil plans upon you and your family.

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