Twitter Reacts to #SexForGrades Scandal
By Olamide Fadoju
BBC Africa Eye on Monday released a documentary titled #SexForTrade which secretly investigated sexual harassment by lecturers at West Africa's most prestigious universities.
The Investigation which spanned over a year saw BBC Africa Eye send undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana respectively.
The documentary showed female reporters being sexually harassed and pressured by senior lecturers at the institutions who had no knowledge they were being recorded.
Following the documentary release, Social media website, Twitter was agog with reactions.
Some twitter users condemned the act with some calling for similar investigations to be carried out in specific schools. Check below for some of the reactions:
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) October 7, 2019
Obafemi Awolowo University, Department of English are known for #SexForGrades. I just don't want to mention names but I can give you evidences of at least 12 English lecturers who still do this nonsense to students. Students can't speak up because they fear they would never pass— ExOsuncorper (@AkinbodeTa) October 7, 2019
Any lecturer exposed in the #SexForGrades documentary should be sacked, arrested and jailed.— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) October 7, 2019
Well done for this @kikimordi. #SexForGrades is just plain wrong. Arguments that it is some students that offer #SexForGrades is silly. Even if they offer, the lecturer should say No. We should be able to trust teachers with those they teach. I look forward to the documentary.👍🏽 https://t.co/eW2g2Ul1K0— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) October 7, 2019
Really wish this documentary enter Uniben. At some point in my 200L I had to be escorting a female colleague to one of my lecturer’s office each time he wanted to see her till he eventually backed off.— Mr_Wags (@Papi_waga) October 7, 2019
That "cold room" in unilag staff club , I've heard of the gist a long time ago where lecturers even drug students. But if I had spoke I wouldn't be a graduate by now.— Lamarr ❁ (@Kinglamar___) October 7, 2019
Dr Boniface is just one out many in unilag
I'm glad there's a scapegoat.#SexForGrades
“ if you disobey me I’ll tell your mom you disobeyed me “ this right here is the power teachers , lecturers have over most students ... parents see teachers as gods and don’t believe what their children say. Not all parents but most have influenced #sexforgrades— IgboMade (@volqx) October 7, 2019
So no Uniport lecturer was caught?? They are the worst in Nigeria...Girls who couldn’t defeat them were used to stupor..— ✨IYAWO THICKER BODY✨👑 (@IyawoThickaBody)
There’s one my friend and I blackmailed and sent the voice note to the senate, he wasn’t even dismissed. #sexforgrades
Happy this man has been exposed. He taught me in Unilag and the stories we heard of him were appalling. It was only a matter of time. My prayer is that #Unilag deals with him accordingly instead of protecting him. #sexforgrades https://t.co/MNPnS4GZxI— Chukwuweta Uraih (@C_Uraih) October 7, 2019
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