Tuesday Jan 08, 2019
Malala Yousafzai and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah got into a bit of a banter on Twitter last night as the Nobel Prize laureate made an appearance on the show.
Malala tweeted a picture of herself sitting in the backroom with a bored expression and holding Noah’s Born a Crime. “Why is this man Trevor late?” she tweeted.
She then tweeted another picture, this time with Noah who seemed to be trying to explain himself to her which she captioned, “Excuses, excuses…..”
Noah explained he was a bit nervous about meeting her.
The episode started off with Malala teasing Noah for keeping her waiting. “He was trying to impress me and say nice things about me,” she said. “I don’t think it's working.”
Noah then offered to teach Malala a little bit about swag after she said she does not bring up her Nobel Prize in class or anywhere. “If you have a Nobel Prize you start every sentence with Nobel Prize even if it’s not necessary. If you are in Starbucks you should start with, as a Nobel Prize winner I’ll have venti,” he suggested.
Speaking about her new book We Are Displaced which comes out today (January 8), the 21-year-old explained that it sheds light on the refugees she met. “People already know about my story. Displacement was part of my life in Pakistan and also moving to the UK. But I have met many girls around the world who are displaced.”
“People often talk about refugees in number but we never hear from them [refugees]. For me, it was important to hear from these girls how they showed resilience and bravery. And there is a lot to learn from them,” Malala added.
Turning to the misconceptions that the public has about refugees, Malala said, “Becoming a refugee is never anyone's first choice. This is the last choice and the only choice they have to leave their homes for their safety for their future because they have many things.”
She added that it is difficult to change people's opinion about turning away refugees but she is trying. “Most of the times people have not met refugees. The best way to know more about them is to speak to them. Talking to people and looking at the human reason why people leave their homes is important.”
Malala further shared that all the funds from the book will go towards the Malala Fund, which focuses on education.
“I chose this fund because I remember the time my own education was banned. I remember waking up 10 years ago and girls’ education was completely banned and I realised my education and my dreams were taken away from me. I was just limited to the house and I could not learn and go out and become a teacher or a doctor or an engineer,” she said.
Malala added, “For many girls getting an education and learning is the only way to stand on their own two feet. For me education is crucial.”