Ebenezer Azamati Biography, Wiki
Ebenezer Azamati is a blind student, who was dragged “by his ankles” out of an Oxford debating chamber after being refused entry, leading to calls for the union president to resign.
The Oxford Union has been threatened with legal action, after a blind Ghanaian student was allegedly manhandled and expelled from a debate. Ebenezer Azamati, 25, was reportedly dragged by his feet and ejected from the building. https://t.co/Qv1xSlGy5Q
— Education Media Centre (@EMCUK) November 17, 2019
Ebenezer Azamati Age
He is 25 years old.
Ebenezer Azamati Education
He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana and an MSc in International Politics from SOAS
An eyewitness stated that “The Union staff were unnecessarily violent and did not make accommodations for the fact he is blind”https://t.co/crevZrMrww
— Kuukuwa Manful (@Kuukuwa_) November 15, 2019
Ebenezer Azamati Oxford Debating Chamber
The postgraduate International Relations student from St John’s College, arrived early at the hall to reserve a seat for the debate on the motion ‘This House has no confidence in HM Government’ and went to dinner.
When he returned, he was denied entry but attempted to sit down in his reserved seat.
A hearing yesterday heard evidence from fellow student Henry Hatwell, who said: “Thirty seconds after Azamati sat down, the security guard came in. Five seconds afterward he started touching Azamati, who was holding onto the bench. Thirty seconds later they were dragging him by his ankles.”
Who is Brendan McGrath Oxford Union President
Now, Union president Brendan McGrath is facing calls to resign.
The university’s AfriSoc said there were “sufficient grounds to demand the resignation” of McGrath after it emerged that he had called a disciplinary committee alleging that Azamati had behaved violently.
AfricSoc said in a statement: “Our understanding is that Mr. Azamati, who is visually impaired, was forcibly and violently prevented from re-entering the Union to resume his seat, and subsequently, forced to leave the debating Chamber after simply exiting and re-entering when the program had not even begun. Even if he had re-entered when the debate had started, such poor treatment through violent means remains unjustifiable.”
Brendan McGrath has withdrawn his charge of violent misconduct against Ebenezer Azamati, who was expelled from the Union chamber during a debate last month.
1. Ebenezer Azamati felt compelled to arrive early @OxfordUnion b/c lack of accessibility
2. Confronted for returning to seat HE RESERVED
3. Dragged out in act of violence powerfully symbolising acts of aggression towards MANY black students
I am raginghttps://t.co/UvelrFQ4uS
— Afua Hirsch (@afuahirsch) November 17, 2019
Brendan McGrath Apology
McGrath apologized “unreservedly for the distress and any reputational damage which the publication of the charge may have caused him”.
Oxford Union Apology
The Oxford Union has issued a statement “apologizing unreservedly for distress and reputational damage caused.”
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Ebenezer Azamati wanted to attend a conference at the Oxford Union on October 17.
- The 25-year-old reserved a seat because there were no regulations
- Officials refused to attend and were seen lifting him from his seat