Eton College apologises to Dillibe Onyeama almost 50 years after he was banned

Eton College apologises to Dillibe Onyeama almost 50 years after he was banned

- Top UK school, Eton College, has apologised to Nigerian Dillibe Onyeama, almost 50 years after it banned him

- Onyeama was banned based on the memoir he published in 1972 which talked about how he was discriminated against as a student

- Simon Henderson, the school's headmaster, said that the school has greatly progressed since then and that Onyeama can visit at any time

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Simon Henderson, the headmaster of Eton College, a top UK school, has apologized to a Nigerian, Dillibe Onyeama, who was its student in the 1960s.

The school banned Onyeama in 1972 after he published an autobiography where he detailed the constant discrimination he faced while he was a student at the college, Independent UK reports.

The matter received public attention after a feature BBC did on the issue. The media reached out to the school about the feature as cases of racism got renewed attention in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd.

In response, Henderson said that he was disgusted by the treatment meted to him and Onyeama is welcome to visit the school anytime he wants to.

A collage showing Onyeama and Eton College. Photo source: BBC

A collage showing Onyeama and Eton College. Photo source: BBC
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Onyeama had written in his book that he was always discriminated against with questions like “Why are you black?” and “How many maggots are there in your hair?”

He added that whenever he excelled greatly in his studies, he was accused of malpractice. Following the apology, the Nigerian man said that he has not changed his positive view of Eton.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a Bulgarian woman, Elina Otofe, has lamented the bad effects of racism and how discrimination based on a person’s skin colour is very bad.

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She said that the small town of Shumen, Bulgaria, where she was born is very “judgmental when they see something” different like a mixed couple. Elina said they had to move to the capital and begin their life anew, but reception was not any different.

She added that they could not get a place to rent because of the skin colour of her husband, adding that she never understood racism.

Elina said she will rather see people in "values, love, kindness, and humanity". She added that she one day hopes people would accept the fact that the human race is the only race.

In other news, Sheriff Mark Lamb who went against the lockdown order when the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, wanted to extend it, tested positive for coronavirus.

In early May, the police chief said that “the numbers don’t justify the actions anymore”, adding that “three hundred deaths” is not a reason enough to shut down the economy.

He said that he would talk to people, especially those near Phoenix, about following the order, but he would not "criminally" enforce it.

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