The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize has been
awarded to Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for her struggles against the
suppression of children and for young people’s right to education.
Malala, who is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shared the award with India’s Kailash Satyarthi.
Yousafzai became a force to reckon with
after she was shot in the head by a militia group known as the Taliban
two years ago for her efforts to promote education for girls in
Pakistan.
She miraculously survived the attack and
fully recovered from the severe head injury to continue advocating for
girls’ education.
In her reaction to the award, Yousafzai
said: “I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman
or the first young person getting this award.
“It is an encouragement to continue my
campaign and to know that I’m not alone,” she said in Birmingham,
England where she was taking a Chemistry class.
It would be recalled that Malala recently visited Nigeria during her birthday in order to push for the release of the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State.
Yousafza Malala with #BringBackOurGirls poster for the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls
One of her popular quotes goes thus “A
girl has the power to go forward in her life and she is not only a
mother. She is not only a sister. She is not only a wife, but a girl
should have an identity.”
The Nobel Peace Prize carries with it a monetary reward of 8 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million).
Congratulations to a HERO of our time… God Bless Your Soul, Malala.
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