Racial bias against Ms Lolade Siyonbola, a Nigerian graduate student at the Yale University, has prompted a Nigerian group in the United States to write a protest letter to her school.
The Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN), in a letter addressed to the President of Yale University, Peter Salovey, and signed by OAN President, Solomon Bakare, demanded strong actions over the incident.
Siyonbola had on May 8, posted two videos of the incident on Facebook, alleging a â€˜whiteâ€™ student found her sleeping on a couch in Yaleâ€™s Hall of Graduate Studies, and called police officers.
She said she was woken up by Sarah Braasch, a Philosophy PhD student, who told her she was not allowed to be there, and called authorities.
The Nigerian organisation called for more direct action to condemn Sarahâ€™s behaviour, to send a strong message against any future occurrence.
â€œTo ensure incidents of this nature is not given breathing ground in the Yale community, we would like to see more direct action taken to condemn Sarahâ€™s behaviour, to send the message that it is against what Yale stood for and the community you have the vision to build.
â€œWhile we commend the initiative of hosting a listening session for the Yale community to share their thoughts on how to prevent such incident in the future, we strongly believe a direct statement condemning Sarahâ€™s insensitive action is warranted at this time.
â€œWe trust you will use your good office to change this unfortunate narrative and make Yale a leading example for other institutions to emulate,â€ OAN said.
The organisation said it would continue to monitor the event and take appropriate actions if and when necessary.
OAN said, however, that the incident was not an indictment of Yale, but an unfortunate narrative of our broader society.
â€œWe know of many African students and Nigerians in particular, who have passed through the prestigious Yale community without dealing with similar overt racist student.
â€œThis is why we are convinced that this is more of an aberration and not the norm at Yale,â€ the Nigerian organisation said.
Founded in 1989, OAN has taken active roles in engaging appropriate institutions to change any perceived negative stereotypes of Nigerians in the US (NAN)