‘Sex for grades’ victim gets slammed in Nigeria for exposing university professor

Bridget Boakye May 24, 2018 at 06:39am

May 24, 2018 at 06:39 am | Culture

Bridget Boakye

Bridget Boakye | Contributor

May 24, 2018 at 06:39 am | Culture

Monica Osagie may have thought she was empowering other women and doing the right thing when ‘she shared her sex for grades’ story with CNN but instead of praise and consolation, a few Africans have admonished her.

Osagie says that her professor gave her two options when she got low marks in a course for her master’s degree: Sleep with him, or fail the class. She refused and recorded one of their conversations using a cell phone app which was later leaked online.

Osagie’s school, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State, south west Nigeria, has confirmed that the voice on the recording is that of Richard Akindele, an accounting professor at the university, sharing in a statement on its website that,

“Professor Richard I. Akindele, of the department of management and accounting, is now established to be the lecturer in the controversial “marks for sex” audio recording. The female voice has also been identified as that of Miss Monica Osetobe Osagie, a postgraduate student on the Master of Business Administration Regular programme.”

Many have come to Osagie’s defense, sharing their thoughts in tweets such as this:

Still, some Twitter reactions seem to put the blame on Osagie, with some even asking why she released the video in the first place.

Osagie says she has received severe backlash in public as well.

“A guy came up to me at the bank and said, ‘Is this not the girl who harassed a lecturer?’ and he called me a prostitute. The security guard then had to push me away to go withdraw my money inside the bank,” she told CNN.

Still, she stands firm in her decision.

“I am actually happy I came out. I am helping many ladies that have gone through the same thing I have gone through, and most of them can’t talk about it.

“They are scared of coming out in public. But I know it happens everywhere, not just in Nigeria. For me, speaking up will bring more women to speak and eradicate what is happening around young women and older men,” she explained.
Just last month, Nigerians on Twitter had a lot to say after a Nigerian woman shared a conversation she allegedly had with a ‘shameless’ married man and a potentially adulterous employer who offered to give her a job on condition that she slept with him.

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