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Research: Eric Ehigie is an equality officer with the Irish Second Level Students’ Union and is also studying corporate law at NUI Galway

Research: Eric Ehigie is an equality officer with the Irish Second Level Students’ Union and is also studying corporate law at NUI Galway

Research: Eric Ehigie is an equality officer with the Irish Second Level Students’ Union and is also studying corporate law at NUI Galway

Eric Ehigie has first-hand experience of racism in Ireland and it can come in many forms.

The 18-year-old of Nigerian background, who arrived in Ireland through the asylum process with his mother when he was about three, remembers how small he was made to feel one day in class when Africa was being characterised as an impoverished continent.

"I came from an African household where I learned about how rich Africa was, not only in wealth but in history and culture and I said, 'Sir, I beg to differ'.