Uju Anya back to Twitter, thanks people who defended her


ASSOCIATE professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States Uju Anya has returned to Twitter after she was suspended briefly from the platform over her controversial tweets about the late Queen Elizabeth.

Hours before Buckingham Palace announced the queen’s death on September 8, the Nigerian-born academic accused Elizabeth of doing nothing to prevent the “genocide” that led to Anya’s family being displaced, referring to the Nigerian Civil War of 1967.

Twitter deleted a tweet where the modern language teacher wished the dying monarch “excruciating pain” in her final hours.

Anya added that all she had for the dying monarch was disdain.

The lecturer, who has come out as gay, told a foreign news platform The Cut that she was suspended from Twitter but got notifications of people using racist words at her over her comments.

Anya, however, got access to her Twitter account again and tweeted on Tuesday morning. She gave special mention to her partner Sirry Alang, a medical sociologist, for standing by her.

She said, “Hi all, I’m back. I’d like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to my loving partner Dr. Sirry Alang @ProfAlang and everyone who rallied for me here and elsewhere. Thanks for tweeting, talking, writing/signing support letters, etc. You showed me something very important: I have people.

“All of you showed me I have people in my life, in my new city of Pittsburgh, in my university, in this country, and around the world. I am deeply grateful to you, my people, for holding me in strength and community.”

Anya further said that from what she gathered the varsity is not planning to fire or sanction her and her job was not in jeopardy.

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