Three million Igbo people were massacred during the Nigerian Civil War, according to British government funding, according to Nigerian academic Prof. Uju Anya who lives in the United States.
When Prof Anya learned that Queen Elizabeth‘s health was failing last Thursday, just before she passed away, she posted a contentious tweet, which the administration of the microblogging service later removed because it broke its guidelines.
Prof. Uju Anya tweeted : “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,”
Even though Twitter removed the message, it continued to spark a lively discussion, with some users criticizing her outburst and others supporting her.
Jeff Bezos, the Front man of Amazon, responded to Anya’s tweet by writing, “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better?”
“I don’t think so. Wow.”
But in response to Bezos, the professor from Carnegie Mellon University who swiftly defended her post wrote, “Otoro gba gbue gi (Dysentery kill you). May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonisers.”
In contrast, Anya said in an interview with The Cut that she made the remarks because of the duties the late British monarch played in ensuring that Igbo people suffered the greatest number of casualties during the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War (1967-1970).
Justifying her tweets, Prof. Uju Anya said, “My experience of who she was, and the British government she supervised, is a very painful one. The harm shaped my entire life and continues to be my story and that of the people she harmed — that her government harmed, that her kingdom harmed, however, you want to frame it. The genocide of the Biafra killed 3 million Igbo people, and the British government wasn’t just in political support of the people who perpetrated this massacre; they directly funded it. They gave it political cover and legitimacy.
“This wasn’t just something I just read about. I was born to colonial subjects on both sides of the family — one parent from Trinidad, where the British enslaved people, and one parent from Nigeria. They met in England at university and moved back to Nigeria after independence in 1960. My parents were survivors of this genocide.
“My three siblings, two of them under the age of 10 at the time, were survivors. My mother was pregnant with my brother, who was born during that time; he was a war baby. This was the legacy I was born into in 1976. I spent the first ten years of my life living in Nigeria, and there was always this specter of who was lost.”
“My earliest memories were from living in a war-torn area, and rebuilding still hasn’t finished even today. Half of my family was slaughtered with guns and bombs that this queen sent to kill us,” she added.
Prof. Uju Anya later tweeted to back up her publish by saying
If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.
— Uju Anya (@UjuAnya) September 8, 2022