2014 Nobel Peace Prize: Malala wins one for us all – Tola Adenle

October 10, 2014

Asia & Oceania

2014 Nobel Peace Winners: Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai were recognised for their efforts to improve child rights [Getty Images]

The whole world already knows her story, the story of a young school girl who held on to her dream of preaching education for girls despite a nightmare. She stood up to the evil that the Taliban represented among which is no schooling for girls in Pakistan, and now a big laurel is added to the many she has already won in her young life.

Malala Yousafzai, better known as simply Malala, defied the feared extremist Taliban and not only that, advocated that girls should remain in school.She paid dearly for that activism when the Taliban tried to kill her. She was shot in the head and after being flown for treatment in England where she now resides, she has continued to preach girl education. Her advocacy recently brought her to advocate for girl education to Nigeria in the wake of the kidnapped Chibok Girls where the Muslim group, Boko Haram is towing the path of the Taliban in Northern Nigeria which is setting education back not only for girls but also for boys.

She has appeared at the United Nations in pursuit of her advocacy and the confidence that the 17-year old young woman exudes everywhere she goes shows how she’s able to remain committed to her cause despite another attempt to assassinate her by the Taliban.
Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares the 2014 prize with Kailash Satyarth, an Indian children’s rights activist.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014. 2:25 p.m. [GMT]

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