The prestigious Eton College, which is an elite institution in the United Kingdom, has apologised to Dillibe Onyeama, for the racial discrimination he experienced while at the school.
Dillibe who is the son of a respected judge in Nigeria was the fiorst black person to attend Eton College. He had documented his experience in a book titled Niger at Eton. The book when it was published raised a lot of dust.
The college then banned Onyeama, who graduated in 1969, for almost 50 years because of the book detailing the various ill-treatments meted out on him daily during his four years at the school.
A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation said Simon Henderson, the college’s head, apologised to Onyeama who remains the first black person to complete his studies at the British prestigious public institution.
Henderson said “We have made significant strides since Mr Onyeama was at Eton but — as millions of people around the world rightly raise their voices in protest against racial discrimination and inequality — we have to have the institutional and personal humility to acknowledge that we still have more to do.
“We must all speak out and commit to doing better — permanently — and I am determined that we seize this moment as a catalyst for real and sustained change for the better.”
Elton College charges fees of about £40,000 a year. It is believed to have educated about five prime ministers since 1945, including Boris Johnson.