A teacher and school-funder who helped the release of some of the Chibok girls from Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria, has been declared the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award, sponsored by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Zannah Mustapha has opened schools in the conflict zone of north-east Nigeria, where the Boko Haram group first began its terror campaign.
He provides free education to child victims of violence.
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary General, Jan Egeland, said that Mustapha’s “brave work” highlighted the importance of education “for the future of Nigeria.”
Zannah Mustapha spoke to Agnese Pastorino following the announcement of the award.