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Mubarak Bala joins Brighter Brains Institute Board of Advisors

Posted: Thu, April 06, 2017 | By: BBI News

Mubarak Bala describes himself on his Facebook page Humanist Society of Northern Nigeria as “A Humanist. An Atheist. An ardent Anti-Theist. Angry at callous religions.” He is a chemical engineer from Kanos, Nigeria - a Sharia State and hotbed of Muslim fundamentalism. He was raised in “Wahhabi Islamic thought, with a jihad ideology” but he was an atheist activist by 2009, receiving death threats for blaspheming Islam.

In 2013 he was beaten up by three uncles and his father - a leading Islamic cleric - drugged by his older brother, and locked up in a psychiatric hospital; his atheism was categorized by an Egyptian doctor as a “mental disease.” He tweeted his predicament - from the hospital toilet - via a smuggled cell phone. Help was mobilized by the “Godless Mom” of Canada and the London-based International Humanist Ethical Union.

Mubarak Bala will assist BBI in our new Ex-Muslim Support Project.

He can be reached via @mubarakbala

Read more about him in links below, plus his goals and additional photos:

Mubarak Bala answers questions on his atheism in Nigeria

Nigerian atheist faces death threats after release from psychiatric ward

Nigeria atheist Bala freed from Kano psychiatric hospital

Mubarak Bala is free

Atheism And Mental Illness: Support Free Mubarak Bala Campaign By Leo Igwe

Meet Mubarak Bala: The Young Nigerian detained in Kano psych ward by own family for renouncing religion


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