Over the past week, worldwide public figures and celebrities have joined the movement to #BringBackOurGirls, a campaign that is a cry for support in the return of 274 young girls kidnapped on April 14th from Nigeria. In recent days, news outlets and social media platforms have highlighted the support from Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Justin Timberlake and more. In the center of the campaign is Ramaa Mosley, a filmmaker that launched the #BringBackOurGirls Facebook page which has garnered over 98,000 members. She has been interviewed by numerous news outlets, even being credited for the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.
On Friday, May 9th Mosley responded exclusively for the first time during an interview on Maria Menounos' BLACK HOLLYWOOD LIVE to questions about the legitimacy of her role in the viral marketing campaign #BringBackOurGirls. This came following tweets by Nigerian activist Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili accusing Mosley of using the campaign for profit. Mosley clarifies, “This rally call first happened in Nigeria. Oby Ezekwesili was the first person to cry out 'bring back our girls.' She asked the people who were at the rallies to tweet this #bringbackourgirls. She created it. I saw the tweet and I tweeted right back. And you know I think that what we have done is begin to get the message out... I think that this has been a pretty amazing example of speaking out and I really hope that people understand that has been my intention and focus from the very beginning and will remain my focus no matter what happens. I will continue to speak out on behalf of these girls and on behalf of all girls because I believe that every child deserves to be educated.”
Mosley opened up about the surge of criticism she's received online, saying “I try not to look at twitter and see what people are saying but there has been some upsetting things, that I'm trying to be the 'White Savior.' My husband found posts of memes of my head on top of Martin Luther King's body at rallies and it's really, just, cyber bullying....This is the first moment I've actually talked about it. But really the reason that I don't speak out about it is that my focus is not on myself. My focus is on those girls.”
“What I want to say to people is that this has been a scary process... I did not think at all about how that would effect my entire life, how that would effect my family. And I would not change anything. I would do exactly what I've done in terms of speaking out and getting the word out, but I've definitely learned a lot about communication and how communication works.”
She remarks, “my daughter has been with me for some of the rallys and she's watched and she's seen just how powerful people's responses have been to this information and I want her to understand that her voice matters. That girls are not to be sold. They're not objects. Girls cannot be sold to slavery. That is unacceptable... That a single girl can be revolutionary.”
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