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Sexual Harassment in West African Universities

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After a year-long investigation, popular broadcasting network BBC released a scandalous documentary. Watch full BBC investigation. that extensively explored sexual harassments at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and the University of Ghana.

The 54-minute-long video titled Sex for Grades exposed lecturers propositioning journalists who went undercover in the universities. Three of the lecturers featured in the video have been suspended and are currently undergoing investigations. Two of these lecturers are from Ghana and one from Nigeria.

The Nigerian Lecturer Dr Boniface Igbeneghu who also doubles as a Pastor for the Foursquare Gospel Church is yet to comment on the scandalous sexual harassment accusations. The two Ghanaians Professors, Dr Paul Kwame Butakor and Ransford Gyampo, have denied the sexual harassment allegations stating that they were not offering sex for grades.

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Social Media uproar following the Sex for Grades documentary

The video released on Monday 7th October has been trending in the Nigerian and Ghanaian social media space with hundreds of thousands of shares and mention. High profile figures and social media users have been demanding action and sharing their own experiences.

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A lot of users condemned the actions seen in the film and have called for a swift response from the appropriate authorities.

The Nigerian first lady Aisha Buhari condemned the actions saying that the current situation has to change. Also weighing in on the matter, Bisi Fayemi the first lady of Oyo State revealed she was also a victim of campus sexual harassment. She said now is the time to speak up and speak out because the culture of silence has endured long enough.

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Nigerian actress Dakore Egbuson-Akande through her Instagram also said she suffered campus sexual harassment. She posted “Women in Nigeria have been suffering all sorts of sexual assault and violence for far too long. Let’s keep the conversation going. You can only attack what you confront.”

The Honourable Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representative Femi Gbajabiamila said the revelations of sexual harassments seen in the film calls for a moment of reckoning for the country. He tweeted “Our higher institutions where this culture of abuse have been allowed to thrive must also acknowledge their responsibility and act to put an end to these shameful practices. We owe our children that much”.

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