Uju Anya, a university professor and researcher based in the United States, sparked global outrage this week after she took to her verified Twitter handle to mock late Queen Elizabeth II‘s health condition hours before her demise.
Newsbreak.ng reports that in a series of now-deleted tweets, the Nigerian-born university don wished the dying Queen of England “excruciating pain”.
The professor, whose father is of Igbo extraction, did not explain the exact context of her comment concerning what she referred to as “sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family”.
However, her tweets may be connected to the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967 to 1970, which took place less than 10 years after the African country gained independence from Britain.
If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.
Anya explained in a lengthy Twitter thread how her brother, whom their parents had sent to the United Kingdom (UK) to study, spent years liquidating all of their parents’ resources, not sparing money sent for his tuition fee.
Uju Anya Husband
And for the record @newsbreakngr I did not leave my marriage to “turn lesbian.” I was a lesbian married to a man, and I left the marriage to live in truth and peace.
This online news medium gathered that she had two children with her former male lover.
Since at least 2020, she is known to be a feminist.
Uju Anya Age
Uju Anya was born on August 4, 1976, meaning she is 46-year-old presently.
Uju Anya Biography
Anya is a scholar of language learning and Black experiences in multilingualism in the Department of Modern Languages at the Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches and conducts research in critical applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, new language learning, and critical race and discourse studies as an associate professor of second language acquisition.
She was born in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria, back when it was Anambra State. Her dad is Nigerian and Igbo. He was in law school in England when he met Anya’s mum, who was from Trinidad and Tobago.
Anya’s mum was in nursing school doing midwifery when they got married in England and had an older child, then moved to Nigeria in the early 60s.
During much of the Biafran war, Anya’s dad left her mum with his family, while she had two children under 10 and was pregnant with the third.
The woman took care of the children during the war.
After the conflict, the couple built a life in Enugu, and had two more kids — Anya is the last child. She lived in Nigeria for the first 10 years of her life.
In 1986, Anya’s mum secretly took her and her brother, who was 13, to the United States. Her older siblings were older than 18, so she didn’t take them. They all reunited later in the US when they came to live with the family. She wrote a whole Twitter thread about it.
In a January 2021 interview with Zikoko, Anya identified as an atheist.
Her words: “I saw with my own eyes that one could be good without God. So, I let God go.”
Uju Anya’s Education: University of California, Los Angeles (2007–2011), Brown University (1999–2001), Dartmouth College (1994–1998)
Uju Anya’s Books: Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil.
Uju Anya’s Research Interests: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Language Pedagogy
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