As Nigerian kidnappers continued to demand a ransom for the release of the 82 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok last year, they also started a Twitter campaign to get more women involved in the fight against Boko Haram. One of the most prominent figures to offer her support was Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of Channel 4’s sci-fi drama Humans, who is up for a BAFTA for his role in the show.
In a recent interview with British Vogue, Ejiofor opened up about how he narrowly escaped being held at knifepoint when he was young.
I was about 16. So I remember walking down a street and some guys started yelling. They reached into their backpack and pulled out a knife and said, “Get in the car.” They grabbed me and pulled me into the car, I was so frightened. I wasn’t touched for five minutes. They went to the back of the car and forced me to get in the back seat. Then they drove me away, it was pretty terrifying.
In a statement released in response to the kidnap of Chibok’s pupils, Ejiofor expressed that he was “completely devastated” by what happened. He is also campaigning with Chibok community members to raise awareness and funds to help ensure that the girls are safe.