…Loved this piece!…from a young Diasporan…
In a recent article, the News noted that there are not many students from Africa enrolled in Yale College (“Admissions officers travel to Africa,” Oct. 21). In the diagram of Africa highlighting the number of students from each country, there was a “2” superimposed on the West African country of Nigeria.
I’m one of those two.
I remember coming to Yale. Like most eager freshmen, I was blown away by the tradition and opportunity that it presented; I filled my schedule with Master’s Teas, film screenings and lectures.
But as time went by, I began to notice a trend. The dance party “Around The World” was sponsored by a number of cultural organizations, but the African Students Association wasn’t one of them. An international film festival had films from all over the world, but none from Africa. Extracurricular programming abounded, but Africa was missing. It was almost as if someone had cut the continent — my continent — out of the world map.
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