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We Are Still Mourning – Uju Anya Explains Reason For Controversial Tweets After Queen’s Death


Sep 11, 2022

Nigerian-born professor in the United States, Uju Anya has explained the reason for her controversial comment on the death of the Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Recall that Anya had in a tweet via her verified Twitter account on Thursday wished Queen Elizabeth ‘excruciating pain’ before death.

She wrote; ‘‘I heard the chief monarch of a thieving genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating”.

Uju’s tweets received mixed reactions including Jeff Bezos, who criticised her for making such an insensitive comment, while others praised her for being courageous enough to share her thoughts.

Speaking further on her post in an interview with Marcie Cipriani of WTAE-TV, Uju said she is a child and sibling of “survivors of genocide” from 1967-1970.

She revealed that more than 3 million people were murdered when the Igbos tried to create a sovereign state., stressing that her family members died in the war which was facilitated by the British government.

The researcher said the United Kingdom’s support came through political cover, weapons, bombs, planes, military vehicles, and supplies.

She said: “My people endured a holocaust, which has shadowed our entire lives and continues to affect it because we’re still mourning incalculable losses and still rebuilding everything that was destroyed.”

The researcher in applied linguistics noted that the word colonizer is not foreign to her as she was born immediately after the Biafra war.

She insisted that conversations about those who died or were displaced, still, do not include kind or temperate sentiments about the perpetrators.

This article was originally published on Naija News