Bukola Oriola (born 1976) is a Nigerian American journalist and former human trafficking victim. She lives in Anoka County, Minnesota and has a son named Samuel Jacobs. She spent six years as a journalist covering education in Nigeria while still living in that country.
In 2005, Bukola Oriola came to the United States from Nigeria on a two-month work permit in order to cover a New York City meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. She married a US citizen who prevented her from establishing interpersonal relationships with anyone other than himself. He subjugated her to a life of un free labour, confiscating all of her earnings. She was imprisoned in her home in this manner for two years.
Bukola Oriola wrote the 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.