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Sex for Grades: inside Nigerian and Ghanaian universities

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  • BBC Africa Eye recently released an investigative television documentary that reveals how senior lecturers at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana sexually harassed their female students in an exchange for better grades and university admissions.

    Universities in Nigeria and Ghana have been plagued by stories of sexual harassment by lecturers and professors for decades. Allegations include a wide array of abuses, from blackmailing students for sex in exchange for marks and admission to lewd comments and grooming.

    This documentary titled, ‘Sex for Grades’: Undercover in West African Universities’, is featured by female journalists wearing secret cameras and posing themselves as students in the universities. Surprisingly, these journalists were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure of sexual desire from the senior lecturers. This is a factual journalistic piece that naturally appeals to human emotions through narratives.

    The main settings chosen for the documentary are the offices of the lecturers at both universities. Workplace and schools are considered to be the major social settings where sexual harassments are common. So the documentary’s choice of this setting is natural because it is where the sexual harassments usually take place.

    After gathering dozens of testimonies, BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of Ghana to capture footage of the sexual harassment.

    Reporter Kiki Mordi, who knows first-hand how devastating sexual harassment can be, reveals what happens behind the closed doors of some of West Africa’s most prestigious universities.

    Directed by: Kiki Mordi

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