Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani teenage education campaigner, has won the 2014 Nobel Peace prize.
Yousafzai won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.
Yousafzai is the youngest ever to win the prize.
The two were named winner of the £690,000 ($1.11m or N195m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland – on Friday morning, October 10, 2014.
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Yousafzai was shot in the head on a school bus by a Taliban gunman in 2012 in her home country of Pakistan after coming to prominence for her campaigning for education for girls.
She won the peace prize for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.
After being shot she was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, where she was treated for life-threatening injuries.
She recovered and has since been living in England.
The threat over her life did not stop Yousafzai, who has since continued to campaign for girls’ education, speaking before the UN, meeting Barack Obama, being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and last year publishing the memoir I am Malala.
She visited Nigeria in July 2014 where she met with President Goodluck Jonathan concerning the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
During her visit to the Presidential Villa, she announced the donation of $200, 000 from her foundation for the education of the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram.
Last month a gang of 10 Taliban fighters responsible for the attack on her life were arrested, the Pakistan army claimed.