A Nigerian woman, like Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai took to Twitter to celebrate her admission to the prestigious Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Oluwaroresimi Eniayo Abasiamami’s tweet on Thursday was slammed online among the many congratulatory messages she received.
What did she tweet?
“Me laughing when society tells me that black people can’t get into Oxford but your girl just did with A*A*AA #BlackExcellence.”
This tweet received over 4,000 retweets, 21,000 likes and over 300 replies.
The replies started in positive congratulatory tones until the first troll (a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting quarrels or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community) replied: “Had to make it a race issue”.
Had to make it a race issue— no worries mate (@officialmarfs) August 17, 2017
This opened the floodgates for a debate on race and if Oxford University admits many black students or not.
Honestly who ever said black people can’t get into Oxford? If I cared, I’m sure I’d find the stats for demographics online of the students..— James Hawkins (@James_Hawkins97) August 18, 2017
It’s already a race issue, she didn’t make it one. Congratulations are in order! https://t.co/IVGpYpycx1— sarah (@sarah_kerry) August 18, 2017
Oluwaroresimi Eniayo Abasiamami left the debate to respond to the congratulatory messages she was receiving including one that gave her a message to give to Malala who also gained admission to the university.
I would be so honoured to meet her!!! If I do I’ll definitely say hi for you loool but thank you xxx— oluro omo babe (@rorexdo) August 17, 2017
She explained in some replies that she personally faced people who told her she couldn’t make it to Oxford University and she did.
She deleted the replies and tweeted: “This tweet has also sparked some debate. I was gonna try and start explaining myself to everyone but something in my spirit told me not to.”
Oluwaroresimi expressed gratitude to all those who wished her well.
So this was unexpected— oluro omo babe (@rorexdo) August 18, 2017
I thank everyone for their encouraging messages I really appreciate it https://t.co/XUhLHMuxlI