When Chioma Dike’, founder and executive director for Africa’s Daughters Foundation, first learned that more than 200 girls were kidnapped overnight at a school in her native country, Nigeria, she wanted to do something about it.

So Dike’, along with a number of other young professionals of African descent in the Washington, DC area, took to social media to get the word out about the tragedy. She eventually joined forces with a number of DC-based organizations to help organize the first of many rallies geared to bring national media attention the incident. Soon after, the world began to listen.

In this episode of First Person, Dike’ discusses how she’s using her non-profit to increase educational opportunities for girls in Africa, to end female genital mutilation still being practiced in some parts of the continent, and to ensure kidnappings like the one that occurred in Nigeria never happens again.

First Person is emPower magazine’s bi-weekly web series that takes an intimate, personal look at leaders, socially-conscious celebrities, and community activists about their success, community work and philosophy on life.

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