Bukola Oriola is a Nigerian-American journalist born born 1976 residing at Anoka County, Minnesota. She was initially a Nigerian journalist covering education in Nigeria. She traveled to the United states on a two-month work permit in order to cover a New York City meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
There in the US, she got married a US citizen who prevented her from establishing interpersonal relationships with anyone other than himself. He subjected her to a life of unfree labour, confiscating all of her earnings and imprisoning her at home for two whole years.
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She wrote and published a book Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim about her experiences with human trafficking. In August 2013, she appeared on a discussion panel following a screening of the documentary film Not My Life at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Cowles Auditorium. She also wrote another book A Living Label: An Inspirational memoir & Guide in 2017.
She has a son named Samuel Jacobs.