BBC Africa Eye investigative documentary on sexual harassment on campuses in West Africa dubbed ‘Sex for grades’ has sparked a series of reactions on social media as former students share tales of their harassment from lecturers.
The investigation was conducted by undercover reporters in some notable universities in West Africa – the University of Lagos and University of Ghana.
Senior lecturers from the two universities were singled out after a series of interviews with former students of the institutions indicted them as serial abusers who seek sexual favours from female students in order to award them grades.
“Fine girls like you are always vulnerable.
“Switch off this light, lock the door, I’ll kiss you for a minute,” Boniface was heard telling the lady.
The 13-minute documentary has evoked reactions on Twitter.
Twitter users are sharing their similar experiences as they also call for the sack of the lecturers indicted in the documentary.
Other social media users are also calling for the signing of the sexual harassment bill.
The bill was passed by the Senate in October 2016, it prescribes a 5-year jail term for lecturers guilty of sex for grades.
A member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi tweeted:
Any lecturer exposed in the #SexForGrades documentary should be sacked, arrested and jailed.
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) October 7, 2019
See some of the reactions:
Great job BBC Africa and everyone involved. Students should never be sexually harassed or intimidated by folks in power, Lecturers and Academics. Now, we need the regulators like NUC and others to enforce institutional changes. #SexForGrades
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) October 7, 2019
To those who are quick to defend Pastors even when the truth is Glaring, Dr Boniface was a Senior Pastor boasting of Harrasing 17 year old girls. The nigga even prayed for the girl to give her life to Christ before kicking off his evil. #SexForGrades
— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) October 7, 2019
I know a classmate back in UNN, a potential first class student, who was failed in his final year, got a carryover & ended up with a 2nd class lower simply because the lecturer wanted his girlfriend & she said no. This ruined him. #SexForGrades
— YG: Blvck Apron (@SamuelOtigba) October 7, 2019
This is becoming very rampant in schools today.
Innocent girl getting Molested and Abused
Girls getting missing Script and F in their results because of one Stupid Lecturer
I pray that these girls get Justice for the pains and humiliation they have gone through #SexForGrades pic.twitter.com/LTGYH9YK1n
— Her Royal Thickness💕💕 (@rachael_ayodeji) October 7, 2019
I know of a lecturer in my school who harass’s girls for grades. The problem is that he has a wife and three children. More than 10 of my female course mates have complained bitterly about his evil deed. But LOCAL MAN is a devil. #SexForGrades
— Chemical Boy ✌️ (@Chemicalboyy) October 7, 2019
Dr Boniface Igbeneghu.
Former Sub Dean, Faculty of Arts.
Unilag Senior lecturer.
UNILAG and NUC must use this guy as an example to stop other lecturers from harassing women.
Sack him. #SexForGrades
— Ugonnia (@AustinYugo) October 7, 2019
That Lady that posed as a student to burst the lecturer in the #Sexforgrades BBC documentary deserves an Oscar.She should be declared a National Treasure.The stories coming out of our ivory towers will break your hearts.God bless that lady & BBC for daring to take this on.
— Mazi (@matthewamad) October 7, 2019
I refused to do production option for masters even tho I loved it cos one of the lecturers wanted to harass me sexually and I didn’t want to be at his mercy again..
if not for Prof Alawa I reported to I probably would still be in school today as an undergraduate.#SexForGrades
— Soft-Ajebo Hustler ™ PHD (@Soniboo) October 7, 2019
Lecturers in LAUTECH will toast you, if you refuse, will seek out your boyfriend or your circle of friends. Some friendships scattered because of that. Some boyfriends have had to ‘submit’ their babes or break up with them. Everybody dey hide their head #SexForGrades
— BlessingsTimidi DIGHA (@SuperGirlTimidi) October 7, 2019
Another best mate of mine, a great writer, her biological uncle, a lecturer, forcefully sexually harassed her in his office in UNN. This man is an elder/pastor in his church, have a daughter just like her. When she spoke up, he frustrated her life all through Uni. #SexForGrades
— YG: Blvck Apron (@SamuelOtigba) October 7, 2019
Years back a friend of mine went to her course adviser’s office to complain about a course she registered … This man locked the door and started fondling her … He only agreed to open the door when her cry became too loud #sexforgrades … The university admin didn’t do shit
— JODELA (@CEOJODELA) October 7, 2019
But you guys know that guys are also victims #SexForGrades. If the male lecturer can’t get the babe and they know she has a boyfriend, they start threatening and failing the guy too.
— Foza Billions (@fozadoza) October 7, 2019
There names, departments & universities.
We would use the hashtags to collate the names and forward it to the universities for possible investigation.
The time is now to force a societal change.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) October 7, 2019
Girl, six, kicked out of daycare for wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt
For wearing a shirt that had “Black Lives Matter” written on it, a mother claims that her six-year-old daughter was kicked out of daycare.
Deval Brockman, from Russellville, Arkansas, said her 6-year-old daughter named Journei Brockman has been attending daycare at “His Kids Preschool” for six months.
However, she was told last Friday, June 26, she could not return.
Deval Brockman told FOX16 that her daughter’s school called her last Thursday, June 25 and an employee told her that she didn’t “like” or “agree”” with the shirt.
The employee also asked that Brockman not send her daughter to the school wearing it again.
Brockman said she reported the complaint to state officials and she was told that her daughter could wear the shirt unless it contained profanity.
“If I’m supporting something, I’m going to wear it, my child is going to wear it, to help say that our voice needs to be heard,” Brockman said.
Journei Brockman returned to the preschool last Friday, wearing a different shirt with an image of a raised fist printed on the back, which is the Black Lives Matter symbol.
When Deval Brockman picked her daughter up at the end of the day, she was told her daughter was no longer welcome at the school. An employee allegedly said that the shirt was encouraging racism.
“I got very upset. I’m just like are you serious? Over a T-shirt?” Brockman said.
She claimed that a school director also told her:
“I am not going to tell you how to raise your child, but you need to reevaluate how you’re parenting her.”
“It’s not political, it’s everyday life, it’s all over the news. Right is right and wrong is wrong,” Brockman said.
Patricia Brown, director of His Kids Preschool, said in a statement to FOX 16:
“We feel a childcare environment is not a place for a parent’s political views to be addressed or played out, regardless of race.”
African native doctors hold ceremony to unleash voodoo on George Floyd’s killers (Photos/Video)
Native doctors in Benin republic organised a ritual ceremony to get justice for George Floyd from the gods.
The ritual ceremony was held for George Floyd but the native doctors also called for justice for other black people killed unjustly in the United States, including Trayvon Martins, Michael Brown, Botham Jean, and Ahmaud Arbery.
During the ceremony in Dahomey, Benin Republic, a portrait of George Floyd was given pride of place on the altar. Chickens and a ram were killed and the blood was sprinkled around the altar.
Also, during the ritual, George Floyd’s name was mentioned multiple times. His killers were also mentioned as a ‘voodoo hex’ was released on them.
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Trump described the use of teargas on protesters who took to the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd, a black American who died last month when a white Police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis, as a ‘beautiful scene.’
Speaking at an event in Dallas, Texas, the president shared his views on efforts made by the Minnesota National Guard to restore order.
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“And yes there was some tear gas and probably some other things. And the crowd dispersed and they went through. ‘By the end of the evening… everything was fine and you didn’t hear about that location having problems anymore.”
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