Leah Sharibu came into the limelight after she was held by Boko Haram for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. She was one of the 110 schoolgirls that were abducted on February 19, 2018, from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Bulabulin, Yobe State.

Most of the Dapchi girls were released by the 21st of March, 2018, except Leah Sharibu. Her parents were told that Boko Haram had decided not to release their daughter unless she renounced her Christian faith.

Sadly, since the abduction and release of most of the girls between February and March of 2018, Leah has still not been released from Boko Haram custody. While it seems like the government has not been doing anything to help her cause, Twitter users have refused to stop talking about freeing Leah Sharibu. Subsequently, the hashtag #freeleahsharibu has been trending alongside #leahsharibu.

Eventually, the buzz slowed down a bit but for Twitter influencers and activists, Reno Omokri and a host of other concerned Nigerians, the fight to bring back Leah never slowed down.

On May 14, 2019, the world remembered Leah and celebrated her 16th birthday.

This is a timeline of how Twitter has helped keep Leah Sharibu in our hearts since she was abducted.

  1. From the moment she was taken, People started to Tweet constantly.

2) Then Reno Omokri wrote a book on Leah and her struggles titled “Leah Sharibu: The Girl Boko Haram left Behind”.

3) In fact, Reno Omokri almost single-handedly campaigned for Leah’s freedom across the world and as of today had been to 19 countries.

4) While still in captivity, she won a personality of the year award.

5) During the elections, it appeared that politicians had forgotten her very existence, but Twitter refused to let this slide and kept talking about her.

6) She is currently a big figure in the Christian world to look up to for her refusal to renounce Christ.

7) Reno Omokri went on Mount Everest to prove that Leah Sharibu was close to God’s heart.

8) When things began to look bleak, people kept remembering her on Twitter.

9) The support has not dwindled. However, the noise for her release increased as she turned 16 years old on her 449th day in Boko Haram custody. Twitter took the lead on the conversation.

Devastatingly, Leah is still being held captive and enslaved by Boko Haram as she is yet to renounce her faith in God. Not much has been heard about her well-being but there is hope that she is still fine. The entire nation is praying with and for her. We hope she returns home safely.