Kiki Mordi: From victim to valour, story of BBC ‘sex for grade’ undercover journalist
The BBC reporter, Kiki Mordi, who exposed the randy lecturers at the University of Ghana and University of Lagos, was herself a victim of sexual harassment in the university. She was so harassed that she had to drop out of school.
But this dropout status did not keep her down. She has since become a young lady of valour, becoming a voice for victims of sexual harassment and all women who are victims of male chauvinism. She is today a radio presenter, writer, movie producer, film director and undercover journalist. That’s a loaded brief for a young girl who gained admission to one of Nigeria’s universities as a medical student.
But her success story without a university degree has not satiated her appetite for knowledge. She wants to get back to the university but this time in a safer environment where no randy teacher would harass the life out of her.
“I’m a university dropout. I hope to go back to school though because I genuinely enjoy learning. I just hope to do it in a saner, safer environment,” the Port Harcourt-born Kiki said in a tweet.
She recalls that she was a medical student with her sight focused on a bright future ahead. But all that crashed in a heap as a university teacher made her life miserable with ceaseless harassment for sexual gratification.
She is currently an Africa Eye reporter for BBC where she has announced herself as a force never to be ignored.
Her expose has caught two big fish in Nigeria and Ghana. One of the lecturers involved in the sex for mark scandal is Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos who is also the head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos. He has been suspended by the University and his church.
The second victim is Professor Ransford Gyampo of the University of Ghana. Unlike his Nigerian counterpart, the University of Ghana teacher has been fighting back, alleging that BBC was being used by those who cannot stand his outspokenness on critical national issues in his country.