Nigerian community protest over racial bias against student in Yale University

Nigerian community protest over racial bias against student in Yale University

- In the U.S, a Nigerian community protested against the racial bias incident against a Nigerian, identified as Ms Lolade Siyonbola

- In a letter addressed to the president of Yale University, they called for more direct action to condemn the behavior

- Lolade, a graduate student at the Yale University had revealed how a white student called the police on her simply because she was having a nap at the common room

The Nigerian community in the U.S. have protested against the racial bias incident against a Nigerian, Ms Lolade Siyonbola, a graduate student at the Yale University.

The Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) in a letter addressed to the president of Yale University, Peter Salovey, and signed by OAN president, Solomon Bakare, demanded strong actions over the incident.

Siyonbola had on May 8, posted two videos of the incident on Facebook, alleging a ‘white’ student found her sleeping on a couch in Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies, and called police officers. She said she was woken up by Sarah Braasch, a Philosophy PhD student, who told her she was not allowed to be there, and called authorities.

The Nigerian organisation called for more direct action to condemn Sarah’s behaviour, to send a strong message against any future occurrence.

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“To ensure incidents of this nature is not given breathing ground in the Yale community, we would like to see more direct action taken to condemn Sarah’s behaviour, to send the message that it is against what Yale stood for and the community you have the vision to build.

“While we commend the initiative of hosting a listening session for the Yale community to share their thoughts on how to prevent such incident in the future, we strongly believe a direct statement condemning Sarah’s insensitive action is warranted at this time.

“We trust you will use your good office to change this unfortunate narrative and make Yale a leading example for other institutions to emulate," OAN said.

The organisation said it would continue to monitor the event and take appropriate actions if and when necessary. OAN said, however, that the incident was not an indictment of Yale, but an unfortunate narrative of our broader society.

“We know of many African students and Nigerians in particular, who have passed through the prestigious Yale community without dealing with similar overt racist student. This is why we are convinced that this is more of an aberration and not the norm at Yale,” the Nigerian organisation said.

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Founded in 1989, OAN has taken actives roles in engaging appropriate institutions to change any perceived negative stereotypes of Nigerians in the U.S.

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, a Nigerian Lolade Siyonbola studying at the Ivy League University shared a discomforting news of how a race biased student called the police on her.

Lolade Siyonbola who is a post graduate student of African Studies at the university narrated how she was having a nap at the Yale University's common room when a White student she identifies as Sarah Braasch called the campus Police to come and arrest her.

She explained that the encounter wasn't the first she has experienced from her co-student Sarah. She wrote on her Facebook wall that Sarah Braasch, who is studying Philosophy at PhD level, once called the Police on one of her friends a few months earlier.

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