Nigeria's Orphan

Eloquent and impassioned, Hafsat Abiola works for her father's freedom and her country's future

It should have been one of the most joyous weeks of her life. Hafsat Abiola, an accomplished Harvard senior with a semester of studies left to go, planned to attend the 1996 graduation with her class. The best part was that her mother Kudirat--whom she hadn't seen in an entire year--would be flying in for a visit.

Then Hafsat got a phone call demanding she fly to Washington to meet with family friends. When she arrived, they sat her down and told her that her mother had been gunned down in Lagos.

Kudirat Abiola was no ordinary mother. For the two...

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