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Sex-for-marks scandal: OAU female student who exposed lecturer on tape speaks to international media

Sex-for-marks scandal: OAU female student who exposed lecturer on tape speaks to international media

Monica Osagie, the student at the centre of a sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has talked about the developments that led to the sexual advances from the randy professor, Richard Akindele.

In an interview with CNN, Osagie said she had developed a mentor-mentee relationship with the professor after she helped him edit his book.

Osagie, however, said she soon became uncomfortable with the relationship as the professor started to make sexual advances towards her.

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She said in the interview: "We actually edited the book together... Then, the next thing he told me was, 'Can you date me?' I was like, 'No.' He was like, 'Why?' I said, 'One, I don't date lecturers, and secondly, you are more matured than I am.'"

Osagie believes he deliberately gave her low marks so she would agree to sleep with him to raise them

"He kept calling me to ask if I was ready to accept his proposal. So, I decided to record our next conversation," she added.

Osagie said she has faced severe backlash since the university made her identity public when it released a statement.

"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 said.

She said she has also received abuse on social media and allegations that she tried to seduce the professor.

Despite the criticism, Osagie said she has no regrets speaking about her experience. She added that her hope is that her case will give young women facing harassment on campuses the confidence to reject inappropriate advances from their lecturers.

"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," Osagie said.

"There is no work or ... education that is worth your dignity," she added. "I will keep saying that."

Professor Akindele is yet to speak publicly and reportedly declined to speak to CNN.

"I have nothing to say until the university has concluded their investigation," he said.

Osagie's allegations, coming amid the conversations around the global #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 almost every day.

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After the story broke in the media, reported that Osagie faced a university panel investigating the allegations on the tape and is awaiting its findings so she can receive her certificate. There has been no suggestion that the findings will prevent her from receiving her degree.

Her lawyer, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said on Tuesday, May 1, that her Osagie affirmed before the investigative panel that Professor Akindele deliberately failed her because she refused his sexual demand.

Akiyode-Afolabi also said that more victims have contacted her with allegations about the same professor since hearing about Osagie's case.

"We have ... a situation whereby people have promised to send to us affidavits ... where they can also give evidence against the professor," the lawyer told CNN.

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