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#SexForGrades: Twitter users share tales of sexual harassment in universities

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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.

At UNILAG, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu a former sub-dean of the university and a pastor at Foursquare Gospel Church fell into the trap as he was seen making sexual advances to an undercover reporter who posed as a 17-year-old admission seeker.

“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

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Girl, six, kicked out of daycare for wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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African native doctors hold ceremony to unleash voodoo on George Floyd’s killers (Photos/Video)

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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.

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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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George Floyd: Trump mocks teargassed protesters, says it was a beautiful scene

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President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has reacted to the US National Guard using tear gas to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota.

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.’

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Speaking at an event in Dallas, Texas, the president shared his views on efforts made by the Minnesota National Guard to restore order.

Trump said:

It was like a miracle. Just everything stopped. I’ll never forget the scene, it’s not supposed to be a beautiful scene but to me it was. After you watch policemen run out of a police precinct.

“And it wasn’t their fault, they wanted to do what they had to do but they weren’t allowed to do anything but they were running down the street, they weren’t allowed to do what they’re trained to do and they took over the precinct, they essentially burned it down.

“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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