Tobi Rachel Akingbade is a 24-year-old from London.
In September, she graduated from university after several years of hardship. After her graduation she shared a photo on Twitter to celebrate her achievement.
Akingbade told BuzzFeed News she immediately noticed people mocking the tweet and trolling but decided not to interact. "I had just taken off my graduation gown," she said. "What on earth could really bother me?"
However, last Friday, she noticed a Twitter account had parodied her tweet, only instead of her photo, they used one of someone simulating blackface with Nutella chocolate spread.
When she highlighted why the tweet was offensive, she was sent further abuse.
In response, Akingbade wrote a Medium post to "Mr Nutella Blackface", calling out his behaviour as racist.
Since publishing the piece, Akingbade has received numerous tweets standing in solidarity with her.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Akingbade said she wrote the piece after she noticed accounts trolling her abuser.
"Two wrongs do not make a right and two trolls cannot win a fight," she said. "I had no intentions of defending his actions and I knew I could not forgive him, educate, and really explain my point in a few tweets."
When asked about the response, she said she had received messages from across the world expressing solidarity with her experience: "Isn't solidarity such a beautiful thing?"
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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