Want to hear a funny story about the hashtag #bringbackourgirls? Well, it was started by Ibrahim Musa Abdullahi an attorney in Nigeria on April 23, just days after more than 200 girls were abducted in Nigeria.
Abdullahi got the idea to use the hashtag after he heard a speech by World Bank Vice President Obiageli Ezekwesili. During the speech, Ezekwesili chanted “bring back our daughters.” So instead of Abdullahi using the word “daughters” he changed it to “girls” so it could be universal.
It’s been three weeks since the hashtag was created and so far over 2 million tweets have used it. But here comes Ramaa Mosely, a filmmaker from California, trying claim that she started it.
In an interview with ABC, Mosley (@marystrawberry), said that after hearing the story of the girls, she felt the need to do something, so she created the hashtag. In similar a similar way that Columbus Discovered America.
Mosley denied any wrong doing, by saying she was trying to help. But it’s odd that the networks that have been interviewing her failed to do any real research on who created the hashtag. I’m sure some may say, “Why does it matter who created it?” Well it matters when you’re attempting to say you created something, just so it can give your own projects a boost.
It was discovered that CNN recently paid Mosley $500,000 for the rights to air her documentary about the education of girls. Coincidence? I think not.
Black people can’t have anything. Including hashtags and the recognition of something that spawned a serious movement.