An Insight Into BBC’s ‘Sex For Grades’ Documentary

A new dawn is upon us, the era of which the popular saying ‘you scratch my back I scratch yours’ comes into play, but this time, this phrase seems to be largely submerged in the precincts of our Universities. University education in most climes, especially ours, has become like a jungle war where the most vulnerable gets trampled on. Firstly, most students are left to study what they have no interests for, while a large number of them settle for what JAMB has placed on them. In other words, there comes a certain unease and/or difficulty with which these students walk their academic paths. It is a struggle which most of them feel shameful to talk about; therefore, the most significant resort they have, in other to have a good result (which ultimately will aid them graduate) is to seek assistance from their lecturers. This assistance of course comes with a price either in cash or in kind; the later being pertinent with female students. The kind price, one would assume, should mean no harm as kindness should mean an act of benevolence or even a charitable behavior. But this is far from what these lecturers mean as ‘kind’ to them is a synonym for ‘sex’. Recently, an Africa Eye reporter for BBC, Kiki Mordi did a huge investigative journalism on these University lecturers who bequeath themselves to such licentious act. In her words from the documentary, she claimed that prior to her dropping out from school, she was a medical student with views of a bright future, but those dreams were shortly lived when she started having cases of sexual harassment, which propelled her to dropout unjustly from the university (she also cited as a factor the death of her father, who she believed could have helped her battle her academic struggles if alive) With this as a motivation, the young lady set out to bring to book these lecturers still existing in our time. As a point of concentration, she used the University of Lagos in Nigeria and the University of Ghana. The hour-long documentary which has been making waves within the country and beyond since its release on Monday, the 6th of October 2019, has gone on to rightly unsettle one of the proposed lecturers, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, a Senior Lecturer Of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, University of Lagos (who is reportedly the Head Pastor at a substation of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos), was caught on the video seeking intimacy from an undercover journalist who posed as a 17-year-old minor seeking admission in the school. The Lecturer since then has been suspended and prevented from entering the University premises.  A statement released by the University points the act to be ‘highly embarrassing’ to the school, also assuring the public that it will do ‘all that is necessary’ to investigate and fight all manner of sexual harassment in the institution. Dr. Igbeneghu who is yet to make comments on the issue at hand came under attack on social media as agitated persons flocked his Facebook page with derogatory terms for his act. A close family acquaintance came out yesterday to confirm that the lecturer was found lying on the floor unconscious in the late hours of Monday evening, after taking a substantial amount of rat poison in a bid to kill himself. He has however since then, been admitted at the Reddington Hospital in Lagos state.  At the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, a popular Lecturer at the Political Science Department and Paul Butakor a lecturer at the college of Education were also vindicated in the documentary. Professor Gyampo however, has come out to speak on the viral video in a post shared on his Facebook page, saying he was trapped by “a certain unscrupulous people, with the aid of BBC (African Eye)”. He explains that he was targeted by some political figures in Ghana who are plotting for their own gratification. He goes further to warn the BBC to stay away from intruding in national issues and must remember that colonialism is long over. He also revealed in the Facebook post that he would be suing the BBC over the sex-for-grades documentary claiming that the documentary could not establish anything against him as there was no outright evidence on the ‘act of sex’.

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