Despite the Marvel and DC worlds have few female superheroes, the real world is having more and more. One such heroine is Aisha Bakari Gombi.
When seven women and children were abducted by Boko Haram — the world’s deadliest terrorist group — Bakari Gombi received a phone call by an army commander asking her to track the group. A woman who used to hunt antelope, baboons, and guinea fowl is now hunting the group that took over 6,644 lives in 2014 alone.
While hunting, the 38-year-old hunter leads a group of men aged 15 to 30 using sign language, animal sounds, and birdsongs. Because of her success, Bakari Gombi has earned the title “queen hunter”. In fact, the queen hunter claims, “Boko Haram know me and fear me.”
Along with Bakari Gombi is Hamsat Hassan. After the terrorist group kidnapped Hassan’s sister over two years ago, Hassan states, “I couldn’t fire a gun when I asked to join the Hunters’ Association in a town also called Gombi, but all I knew was that I wanted to avenge the people who abducted my sister.”
Along with physically saving the lives of many, these women are role models to young girls across the world. Their story serves as an example that a woman can lead, and that when she does, she’s a queen at it. So the next time someone asks for a female superhero, don’t give them a comic book. Give them the news.
To read more, please visit: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/08/antelope-hunter-boko-haram-nigeria