BBC Eye: Sex For Grades by Kiki Mordi has earned an Emmy nomination. The documentary which was packaged by Kiki Mordi and BBC focused on how university lecturers demand sex in exchange for marks from female students.
The University of Lagos and the University of Ghana were under the searchlight as journalists pose as students to visit lecturers who are notorious for sexual harassment of female students. The journalists were sent undercover after 9-months of interview with current and former students.
At the University of Lagos, Prof Boniface Igbeneghu from the faculty of Arts, a former sub-dean and the head of a local Foursquare Gospel Church was caught harassing a female student sexually, promising good grades in return.
Dr Boniface was secretly recorded telling his 17-year victim to ”Switch off the light, lock the door and I’ll kiss you for one minute”.
Prof Boniface would go on to vividly describe an enclosure on campus where students are groped, fondled, and taken advantage of by lecturers before marks are awarded them for their troubles. This enclosure according to Prof Boniface was named “cold room”.
Also at UNILAG, a second lecturer, Dr Samuel Oladipo, who teaches Economics was indicted. UNILAG shut down cold room and suspended both Prof Boniface and Dr Oladipo while the school set up a panel to investigate the indicted lecturers.
Meanwhile, at University of Ghana, Dr Paul Kwame Batakor (Institute of Education), and Prof Ransford Gyampo (Department of Political Science) were indicted. Both of them were suspended..
Now, the BBC Eye: Sex For Grades documentary by Kiki Mordi has been nominated for an International Emmy Awards nomination for the Current Affairs. This nomination is alongside others from Brazil, the UK, and Sweden.
Writing about the nomination, Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said:
“In the midst of the pandemic, we are grateful for news organizations like these who even before the pandemic were boldly exploring the issues in their societies. We salute the outstanding work and great courage of our nominees for reporting on difficult and sensitive matters, despite the many challenges and obstacles continuously thrown at them.”
The 8 nominees are from 6 countries including Brazil, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Brazil’s TV Globo is nominated once again in both categories for the coverage of Rio de Janeiro’s state legislature ghost staff (News) and the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by Kurdish fighters, in the last five months of the battle against ISIS (Current Affairs).