Nigerian FVSU student campaigns for abducted girls | News
2 days ago, a video was released showing some of the 200 Nigerian girls that were kidnapped last month.
A Nigerian student at Fort Valley State decided to take a stand, his own way.
Ola Onikosi moved from Nigeria to the United States when he was 8 years old.
He saw his sister, Oyin, for the first and last time when he returned to his homeland several years ago.
He had never seen or met her before, but quickly formed a bond.
"The last time I saw her, I had to lie to her. She was about 5. I had to lie to her and tell her that I was coming right back," he said, "I wanted to bring her up with me, but I couldn't."
He came back to the states, where he is a senior at Fort Valley State University.
He's also a DJ and a graphic designer.
But he says he can't describe the shock that he felt when more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria.
"I literally had to call my mother and make sure she was okay and she said, 'No, no, it's not happening right here. It's happening about 5 hours away up north'," Onikosi said.
For him, 5 hours was close enough.
He created a simple flyer that said "Bring Back Our Girls," and designed it with logos from fraternities and sororities on campus.
Eventually he made one for Fort Valley State.
He posted the flyer design to Instagram, and quickly gained a response.
"I did one for Fort Valley State and I did one for a couple of other schools that I knew around here. And next thing you know, as soon as I started posting them, people were like, 'Hey, can you make one for my school, too?'" Onikosi said.
Since then, around 30 schools have contacted him to create the flyer bearing their schools colors.
He says reposting these flyers on Instagram will bring more awareness about the kidnappings.
"Humanity is humanity, and we have to make sure we put as much of ourselves into what we want. We want to to bring back our girls," he said.
Onikosi says after word spread about his designs, he gained 100 Instagram followers in just one day.