People world wide are calling for motion following a report about sexual harassment at prime West African universities, the place male professors had been caught on digital camera propositioning journalists posing as college students.
The year-long undercover investigation by BBC Africa Eye was launched on Monday. The BBC documentary, Sex for Grades, focuses on harassment on the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and the University of Ghana.
Academic establishments in West Africa have lengthy confronted allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers, but it surely’s by no means been confirmed on this means. The documentary highlights a widely known actuality that some lecturers use their place to power college students into having intercourse.
After gathering dozens of testimonies, the BBC despatched undercover journalists posing as college students contained in the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana. These feminine reporters had been sexually harassed, propositioned and put beneath strain by senior lecturers on the establishments, all whereas sporting secret cameras.
The report revealed particulars from present and former college students making allegations in opposition to college employees over the course of a few years.
Three of the lads featured, two in Ghana and one in Nigeria, have now been suspended pending investigations.
University of Lagos lecturer, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, was filmed asking inappropriate questions towards a journalist posing as potential 17-year previous scholar. During their ultimate assembly, the lecturer was filmed bodily harassing her and asking to kiss her inside his locked workplace.
Dr. Igbeheghu can be a pastor. He was publicly condemned by his church after the documentary was launched.
High-profile West African figures and social media customers have been demanding motion and sharing their associated tales. The hashtag #SexForGrades has been trending worldwide.
Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, stated the revelations referred to as for a “moment of reckoning” for the nation.
Following that, Gbajabiamila tweeted, “Our increased establishments the place this tradition of abuse have been allowed to thrive should additionally acknowledge their accountability and act to place an finish to those shameful practices. We owe our youngsters that a lot. #SexForGrades @BBCAfrica“.
“It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimise or stigmatise them,” Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, stated at a premiere on Monday.
The first girl of Ekiti state, Bisi Fayemi, revealed she was additionally a sufferer of campus sexual harassment at a screening of the movie in Lagos, and commented on the tradition of silence surrounding this endemic situation.
“It is time for us to speak up and speak out and for those who do we need to stand with them and not silence them. Because the culture of silence has endured long enough,” she stated.
The BBC has reportedly been contacted by over 120 folks sharing private tales of alleged abuse and harassment in schooling because the documentary aired.