Student protests against All Souls’ Codrington

first_imgOluwafemi Nylander, a prominent member of Rhodes Must Fall Oxford and campaigner against colonial commemoration at Oxford, today stood outside All Souls College in protest against the Codrington Library and commemoration of its founder, Christopher Codrington.He stood shirtless outside the High Street entrance to the college, with a chain around his neck and ‘All Slaves College’ painted on his chest in red paint, which was intended to resemble blood.Speaking to Cherwell, Nylander described his attempts, apparently on behalf of Rhodes Must Fall, to remove the commemoration of Christopher Codrington within the college.The Codrington Library“When we complained about the statue and the plaque to the college their response was that the statue was a fact of history which like the history of slavery itself cannot be changed. I thought I would remind them what the history of slavery was.”The Codrington Library was founded in 1751 by Christopher Codrington, a fellow of the college who amassed a considerable fortune through plantation slavery. His £10,000 currency donation in the eighteenth century is worth approximately £1.2m in modern terms.A statue, in which Codrington is dressed as a Roman, stands in the library, above a plaque that acknowledges (in Latin) “Christopher Codrington, who built this library and enriched the books out of his will”.The statue of Christopher Codrington inside the libraryIn a blog post for the online magazine Consented, Nylander attacked the “soulless” “moral relativism” of University Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson in defending the Codrington Library, and All Souls’ failure to “show humility, regret and sensitivity to this flagrant dismissal of the histories and experiences of black students”.Nylander’s article claims that, in a statement to Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, Fellow Sir John Vickers said “the Library exists for students and researchers. Its name and statues reflect facts of history which, like the history of slavery itself, cannot be changed”.All Souls College has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Oshoala hungry for more Barca success

first_imgRelatedPosts Oshoala visits Lagos Oba David Silva tests positive for coronavirus Oshoala unlucky as Wolfsburg beat Barca to reach Women’s Champions League final Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala is hungry for more success with Barcelona Femenino after winning her first major trophy in Spanish football. The 25-year-old scored a brace on Sunday as Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 10-1 to clinch the maiden Spanish Women’s Super Cup in Salamanca. “To add the Super Cup to last year’s Copa Catalunya was a great experience,” Oshoala told BBC Sport. “But my professional priority is to keep doing well and winning, so I can’t take my eyes off the targets. “We still have the league, UEFA Women’s Champions League and the Spanish Cup to contest this season as a team.” Unbeaten Barcelona currently sit atop the Primera División as they seek their first league title in five years and they face Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League next month. Oshoala who netted a late consolation for the Catalan club in their 4-1 loss to French side Lyon Feminines in last year’s continental final is keeping her feet firmly on the ground. “Individual ambition is same as a collective one for the team this season,” she added. “We do not have the satisfaction yet because we’re challenging for success in all competitions, so we need to keep going.” Oshoala won the Confederation of African Football’s Women’s Player of the Year award last month – for a fourth time equalling the record of fellow The maiden BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year winner scored at the 2019 Women’s World Cup to help Nigeria reach the last 16 in France. She joined the Spanish outfit initially on loan from Chinese champions Dalian Quanjian in January 2019 before signing a permanent deal five months later.Tags: Asisat OshoalaCopa CatalunyaReal SociedadSalamancalast_img read more