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#BringBackOurGirls: BN Reader Covers NYC Protests – Watch!

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Toyosi Phillips Bella Naija

What started as an online viral campaign has transformed into a worldwide movement. Citizens of the world have united as one, staging protests to urge the Nigeria government and world leaders to help #BringBackOurGirls.

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Toyosi Phillips, a BN reader and Broadcast Journalism student at New York Film Academy, covered the protest that was held at Union Square in New York City last Saturday, May 3rd.

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“I chose to cover this protest not only because I’m a Nigerian journalism student but also because I was ashamed of the lack of interest I had shown all along,” she says.

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The rally was organized by a South African, Gugu Lethu Mlambo.  

Watch Toyosi’s coverage of the protests here:

Photo/Video Credit: Toyosi Phillips

25 Comments

  1. Chaste Charity

    May 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Impressive would love to get in touch with you #BNReader

  2. @edDREAMZ

    May 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Like play like play the thing has gone viral, is gud though…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. [email protected]

    May 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    We wasted too much time in the beginning acting like it was one of those other issues were no body cared enough to speak!

  4. Temi

    May 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    “The rally was organized by a South African” Chai! Our own people were too unconcerned.

  5. kemi

    May 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Toyosi! Phenomenal work! Pls keep it up

  6. CC

    May 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Has anybody seen Kemi omololu-olunloyo video on the chibok situation?..

  7. Aisha

    May 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Very good coverage Toyosi. You captured the emotions well. #bringbackourgirls

  8. TheresaO

    May 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Wow!!! I’m really impressed. Change always starts small. Never despise days of little beginnings. Well done to all who organized the event, those who turned up for it, those who publicised it, etc. Every effort no matter how little counts.

    The reason Boko Haram and other demonic forces appear successful is because good people kept quiet for too long out of fear or refused to care. Beyond the protests, let’s pursue peaceful co-existence with others from different tribes and religion. Only unity can thwart the plans of BH.

    • Princess

      May 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Well said!!

    • stupidityslayer

      May 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Gbam! Nuff said!

  9. NYLegalDiva

    May 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I was there last Saturday. I was proud of everyone who came out. I shed tears for the first time because rarely do we see women protesting kidnappings of girls around the world. #BringBackOurGirls

  10. BeautyGeekng.com

    May 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    This is so inspiring. We all need to speak up

  11. Wendy

    May 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Very impressive work Toyosi. Thank you for this #BringBackOurGirls

  12. Temi

    May 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    THE FACT THAT IT WAS A SOUTH AFRICAN THAT HAD TO RALLY PEOPLE TOGETHER SHOWS HOW COMPLACENT NIGERIANS HAVE BECOME. WE CANNOT GET TIRED OF STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY TRIALS WE MAY FACE, NOONE WILL SOLVE THE ISSUES BUT US! WE MUST NEVER GET TIRED OF SPEAKING OUT! PLEASE ALWAYS SPEAK OUT!

    • Anonymous

      May 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Applause Africa – owned by 2 Nigerians organized the NY rally.

  13. Nina

    May 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Very good work Toyosi

  14. Wale

    May 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    BN I think Toyosi did a great job and I vote she should be our new NY correspondent. She did very well. Also, I think all Nigerian women should tie head wraps everyday, even to work,
    in solidarity until the girls are brought back home. Some of us men too might be inclined. Did I spot the actress from an African city soap in the crowd?

  15. el patron medellin cartel

    May 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    All these people licking panadol for our headache! they don’t know Nigerians, if it doesn’t touch you it’s non of our business, this type of rally did not happen in Lagos..it’s non of our business, it’s a northern issue, protesting is just a waste of time..individual we don’t care. it’s just the naija mentality! fela said it I no won die! papa dey for house, mama dey for house..God help us all.

  16. Naz

    May 8, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Toyosi! You did a phenomenal job!!! #FutureChristianeAmanpour

  17. Eve82

    May 8, 2014 at 7:38 am

    For those in Atlanta, there will be a peaceful demonstration on Thursday evening, 5.30pm @ the CNN center, across the Centenial Olympic Park. Please join us if you can.

  18. Daedae

    May 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thank God people are creating awareness now! We have been passive for way too long!

    And…Toyosi did an excellent job reporting! I love it when out people are able to handle things professionally and flawlessly! After NY Film Academy…I see big things in her future!

    • Daedae

      May 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Our*

  19. Ade

    May 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Chicago are u ready?come out this Saturday at 12noon.

  20. okorobatic

    May 9, 2014 at 3:19 am

    abeg GEJ buy all of dem ticket make dem go protest or siambiasa forest….mstchewwww… Easy to run your mouths

  21. lami

    May 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Toyosi luv, m so proud of u…..

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