Bukola Oriola is an award-winning journalist. She started her journalism career in 2000 in her home country Nigeria. She became a victim of human trafficking because of fraud. She was isolated for two years, endured all forms of torture, hunger, physical, psychological, and emotional abuse.
Now a survivor, Bukola has dedicated her life to helping others by sharing her story through public presentations. She has put her experiences together in form of a book, Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim. She founded The Enitan Story to further advocate for victims and empowers survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse.
Reverend Lyndy Zabel is Director of Ministry at Messiah United Methodist Church in Plymouth, MN where he oversees the programming staff. He also works as the Director of Missional Impact for the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Zabel has been an ordained minister in the Twin Cities for 29 years and has passion for peace and justice. He loves to play piano in a couple of Jazz/Gospel bands throughout the Upper Midwest and the Caribbean. He is no good at golf. He and his wife Judy live in Minnetonka, MN and have three grown children. Zabel is a board member of The Enitan Story.
Brandt Schubbe is a student at Metropolitan State University. He is Senior. He is a participating in a Internship for The Enitan Story. Along with Professional Writing Schubbe is a poet. He has published a book of poetry. He also participates in the tasks of writing for the student Newspaper. Schubbe plans on working for non-profits in the future.
Mellisa Xiong graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. She started her internship as a Grant Writer in the fall of 2014 with a determined goal to gain more insight on nonprofit fundraising. “One thing I have taken from here are the people I’ve met. Bukola is truly a hard worker and she dedicates more time to helping victims and survivors of human trafficking than herself.” Before coming to The Enitan Story, Mellisa was unaware of how high human trafficking is happening in Minnesota and now spreads its vision in helping trafficked victims turn their stories into a positive one. “We can’t change our past, but we can still change our future.” She comes from a blended family and is the second oldest out of 14 kids. During her spare time she enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with family.
Stay tuned as we list other crew members joining Oriola for Bringing The Story back Home.