Nigerian born US graduate perfectly replies lecturer who said there’s ‘no space’ for black writers on her course

A Nigerian born Bristol University graduate has been widely-praised
online for giving the best “I told you so” reaction after her lecturer
told her there was “no space” for black writers on her course.

In a Facebook and Instagram post, which has since gone viral, student
Eno Mfon said she was “the only black kid” on her course and was told by
one of the head lecturers that “there’s no space for black theatre
makers on the curriculum.”

She added:

“So you spend three years learning about Chekhov and Carol Ann Duffy but
then realise that you can write your own stuff for lil black girls and
so you do that, and sell out the
Bristol Old Vic and the lecturer that told you there’s no space for you, pays to watch you perform.”

Mfon took to the stage at the Bristol Old Vic earlier this year with her
“witty and thought-provoking” play, Check the Label, an intimate piece
based on the student’s own experience of growing up “in dark skin.”

Told through poetry, childhood games, and music – everything from
nursery rhymes to Dizzee Rascal – Mfon’s play was praised for exploring
the “damaging effects of Eurocentric beauty standards” and the distance
this creates between women of colour.

Mfon said:

“During my second year, I decided to confront the experience of
colourism and skin bleaching which permeates the black and Asian

“When I was growing up, I noticed visible changes in some of the women
around me. There were little signs that revealed the use of lightening
cream. I knew how to spot the signs, but I never understood the wider
implications of this; it was a taboo subject that no one dared to

“Through Check the Label, I attempted to say what many young black girls, including myself, once struggled to articulate.”

Dr Catherine Hindson, Head of Theater at the university, later spoke
with Mfon about her post and “apologised that she had this negative

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