A BBC report has exposed a place called Cold Room in Unilag, where lecturers abuse students for grades. It is said that in the University of Lagos, lecturers allegedly take their turns, having sex with female students in the staff club that is referred to as ‘Cold Room’.
The BBC documentary, through its ‘Africa Eye’ initiative, detailed a sex-for-grade account as it affects two big Universities in West Africa (University of Lagos and University of Ghana. A student of the University of Lagos (Unilag) can be seen saying: “this thing has been going on for years. And every single year, every single department. Every single student. There’s always a story.”
To get the stories of sexual harassment out, BBC reporter Kiki Mordi and her team went undercover, speaking to lecturers and students in Nigeria and Ghana, while arming themselves with body or spy cameras. Professor Boniface Igbeneghu, a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts; and a former Sub Dean of the University of Lagos (Unilag), could be seen in the documentary trying to sexually harass a BBC reporter who poses as a 17-year-old, while sharing tales of sex for grades with her.
Video: 'Sex For Grades', Undercover In West African Universities || BBC Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven.After gathering dozens of testimonies, BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.Female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions – all the while wearing secret cameras.Reporter Kiki Mordi, who knows first-hand how devastating sexual harassment can be, reveals what happens behind closed doors at some of the region’s most prestigious universities.Further information and support for anyone affected by sexual assault can be found through the BBC Action Line.
Posted by Akintunde Yusuf Akinloye on Monday, October 7, 2019
The “17-year-old” wanted placement in Unilag and Boniface, strutting around the place with a pot belly, could be seen asking her to be obedient and telling her there will be consequences if she doesn’t continue to see him afterwards. “I can call you to come any day and if you don’t come, I know you are gone,” the Unilag Professor threatens.
Dr Paul Kwame Butakor of the College of Education, University of Ghana, was also seen in the footage, applying to be a female student’s ‘side boy’ or ‘assistant boyfriend’