Sex For Grades: Reactions To BBC Africa’s Documentary
Sexual harassment in academic institutions in West Africa has been an issue that surfaces in the public sphere every now, however, it is largely under-reported and swept under the carpet as quickly as it comes.
Recently, BBC Africa released an explosive documentary on sexual harassment in West Africa. After gathering dozens of testimonies, BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
Female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions – all the while wearing secret cameras.
Reporter Kiki Mordi, who knows first-hand how devastating sexual harassment can be, reveals what happens behind closed doors at some of the region’s most prestigious universities.
For the past year, BBC Africa Eye has been secretly investigating sexual harassment by lecturers at West Africa's most prestigious universities.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) October 6, 2019
See some of the reactions below:
It’s sometimes unbelievable but true. Here’s a lecturer caught on camera trying to sexually harass a student.
— Mojola (@Mjayjay_) October 7, 2019
Grown up like you, Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor begging to be a side guy, hmm when you're supposed to be a mentor. Misplaced responsibilities. This practice must stop #SexForGrades pic.twitter.com/c1X1b05Zlz
— Scholar Israel (@Scholarfiawo) October 7, 2019
In 2003, Idris Abdulkareem released the song "Mr Lecturer",drawing attention to the menace of lecturers sexually exploiting students for grades.
It is 2019 and the problem still remains.Hopefully,BBC's #SexForGrades documentary and the fear of body cameras will put an end to it.
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) October 7, 2019
Because those lecturers don’t just target and harass their female students. They harrass their female colleagues, junior colleagues, non-teaching staff… it’s about the power #SexforGrades
— Kuukuwa Manful (@Kuukuwa_) October 7, 2019
A lecturer made my life a living hell from year one till I left. Final year, he called me to his office and told me he was preparing me to be the woman I had become and that he has to reap the fruits of his labor. Told me I won't graduate if I didn't yield. #SexForGrades
— Valerie Chisom Okoligwe🇳🇬 (@Miss_magnolia20) October 7, 2019
That Dr Boniface,Prayed For The Young Girl,To Give Her Life To Christ,B4 Going Ahead To Molest Her. Wait !! What Exactly Was The Prayer For ?
TRULY….. God Is Merciful,And Slow To Wrath.
— Snazzy. (@Snazzycc) October 7, 2019
All Universities in Nigeria not just University of Lagos(Unilag) will have someone like Dr Boniface as Lecturer or Lecturers which their punchline to Sco pa ladies is:
“Switch off the Light, Lock the Door. Let me kiss you for a minute”#SexForGrades
— Y a k u z a – S u r f e r 🏄🏽♂️ (@TheOnlyAbiodun) October 7, 2019
Watch the full documentary here: Sex For Grades