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‘Elite’ US Universities and African Students.

April 25, 2022 by  
Filed under Education, News, Weekly Columns

( A recent Washington Post article, “Surge of international applicants at elite white colleges,” reported that academic institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth, etc. have experienced a large increase in international applications to attend their institutions. Since 2020 applications have increased 34%. One factor of this is their dropping of SAT and ACT score requirements.

The four countries from which most applications came are China, India, Pakistan and Nigeria. It shouldn’t be surprising that Nigeria is so high on the list. Europe and North America (USA) have a vested interest in Africa not becoming continental. Since Nigeria is Africa’s most populace country, its support for African unity is extremely important. That explains why exploiters of Africa’s mineral wealth wants Africa’s future leaders to be educationally and psychologically connected to them.

When reading the article, it brought to mine a 1972 book, “Nigger at Eaton,” written by Charles Dillibe Ejiofor Onyeama. His father, at that time, was a judge in the international court of the Hague. Onyeama was educated in a British prep school and at Eaton, one of Britain’s most prestigious academic institutions. In the book, he wrote about the negative treatment he was given by some of his fellow students who were members of some of Britain’s most important families. Despite that Onyeama expressed a deep love for Eaton.

He also wrote the following: “…Whatever happened, I knew I was always going to be proud of EATON. I knew it was going to forever influence my life, in some way, and I would win respect from people because I had been there. Even if I was rather stupid, it had taught me one thing about myself and my people. That I am BLACK and in a world in which the black man has to suffer. I am left with the candid belief about the black man as a result of having lived with him for the past two years since I left Eaton: that God especially created him to suffer and he will always suffer.” My first reaction when reading that was scorn for Onyeama. Later I decided that he must be a pathetic person to be filled with so much self-hatred.

I am not saying that all of those Nigerian students scrambling to be accepted by “elite” American educational institutions share Onyeama psychological problems but they had better be aware that the institutions they are so anxious to attend are determined to maintain White’s major role in international affairs. I suggest they read a 2009 supplement in the Washington Post with the title “Africa on the agenda” and the subtitle “Africa, the key to global economic growth.” Educational institutions such as Eaton, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth have the dual responsibility of preparing future white leaders who will help Europeans and North Americans maintain control of Africa’s mineral wealth and preparing African leaders to assist them in doing so.

Columnist; A. Peter Bailey

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