Monica Osagie who is pursuing a master’s degree thwart sexual advances from a professor after he gave her two options: Sleep with him, or fail the class.
The student refused the offer but not until she deliberately recorded one of their conversations using a cell phone so that there is documented evidence against the lecturer. She then submitted the audio recordings to university authorities.
The student’s allegations, coming amid the worldwide #Metoo movement, have now sparked a nationwide conversation in Nigeria about predatory sexual behavior on campuses and bolstered the notion that sexual harassment is a problem women the world over face.
In the recording, a man can be heard saying that if the student agreed to have sex with him five times, he would improve her grades.
“Is it not five we agreed? Our agreement is five,” the man says on the tape.
Osagie replies, “Is it B that you want to give me or A? Why would it be five times you will knack me? Prof, you know what? Let me fail it. I can’t do it five times.”
It so happens that she helped the lecturer edit his book but as time goes on, she uncomfortable because of the sexual advances he started making towards her.
Osagie believes he deliberately gave her low marks so she would agree to sleep with him to raise them, she said. “He kept calling me to ask if I was ready to accept his proposal. So, I decided to record our next conversation,” she added.
UPDATE: Miss Monica Osagie has just stepped out from the investigative panel hours after appearing before the investigative committee probing the sex for marks saga involving Professor Richard Akindele.
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A spokesman for the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State, south west Nigeria, has confirmed that the voice is that of Richard Akindele, an accounting professor at the university.
The university said in a statement posted on its website: “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.”
The OAU authorities say they have launched an investigation into Osagie’s allegations and Akindele has been suspended pending a final decision by the university.