American billionaire, Robert F. Smith, has offered to sponsor the university education of 24 Chibok girls.
The 54-year-old is the founder of the private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners.
With the net worth of $2.5 billion, Smith is one of the wealthiest Americans.
He also ranks as the second wealthiest African-American behind Oprah Winfrey.
He has been making news lately—he was on the cover of Forbes Magazine’s Richest Americans issue, he married Playboy Playmate of the year Hope Dworaczyk.
He donated $20 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and now he’s taken on another step.
He is offering to pay for the education of 24 girls from the Chibok community.
This includes the 21 who escaped from captivity by Nigeria’s militant Islamist group, the Boko Haram.
The girls will enroll at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), a prestigious institution.
Mr. Smith will be paying the entire bill for the girls’ tuition, room and board, and other related expenses.
This will cost Smith anywhere from $5,000 to $11,000 per year per student.
Smith has also offered to send any other girls who are set free from their kidnapping by the Boko Haram to college at AUN as well.
Wealthy African-American Sponsors 24 Chibok Girls To University
In September 2016, four Chibok girls who had escaped from Boko Haram in 2014 were among students who matriculated at the American University Nigeria (AUN), Yola.
The girls who were among the 24 Chibok girls that escaped from Boko Haram.
They were offered scholarship under a special preparatory program by the university management.
The Nigerian government has classified the 21 recently released girls as adoptees of the Federal Government.
On the night of April 14th, 2014, militants from Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female high school students.
The girls were students of the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.
Some of the girls escaped while others were released but currently, there are still 219 girls in the custody of the insurgents.