Were South African school hair rules racist? Maybe not.

An Instagram post showed girls protesting against hair rules at the Pretoria school.

As I followed the recent protests at a South African girls’ school where students insisted on being allowed to wear afro hairdos to school, I recalled my own days as a student in what used to be one of Nigeria‘s most prestigious boarding schools for girls.

In contrast to South African school hair diktats, at the Federal Government Girls’ College in Owerri in south-eastern Nigeria, straightening your hair was banned.

At unannounced intervals during the term, one of the school’s matrons conducted an inspection of each girl’s hair, then ran a sharp pair of scissors through any locks that she suspected of being chemically treated.

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