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Displaying items by tag: nigerian

UPDATE ON DANGOTE' KIDNAP CONUNDRUM

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Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Dangote Group, has said rumors of him being kidnapped are false via his Twitter account:


"Rumour about me being held hostage is false. I was in Mali yesterday.Thank you for your concern. My prayers with those involved."

 

By: Chika Jones

NIGERIAN BECOMES WORLD RADIO COMM. CHAIRMAN

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Nigeria's Engr. Festus Dauda has officially assumed duty as the Chairman of World Radio Communications (WRC) in Geneva, Swizerland, thereby becoming the first African to assume the position in the 150 years.

 

  While assuring the council that he will do his utmost best to fulfil the responsibility given to him during his inaugural speech, he also promised to be fair and impartial in his doing, saying: ‘‘I thank the Almighty God as well as the Government and people of Nigeria for making it possible for me to be the first African to chair the WRC Council.’’

  
Engr. Festus Daudu was, hitherto, a Director Spectrum Administration at the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology.
 
Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Nigeria also became the first African country to head the World Radio Communications (WRC) Council, which is an arm of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
 
By Temitope Bamidele

NIGERIAN EMERGES WORLD SCRABBLE CHAMPION

A Nigerian Mr. Jighere Wellington, has emerged the World Scrabble Champion Sunday morning, after defeating Lewis Mackay 4-0 in a Best of Seven series in Perth Australia.

It can be recalled that Wellington also placed 3rd at the World Scrabble Championship in 2007.

The President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Suleiman Garba, in a phone interview with NAN, attributed the victory to hard work and dedication.

“It is a testimony of the potential of Nigeria as a country and the sacrifice and hard work of the board under my leadership.

“We started preparation about a year ago with seven camps which we christened Scrabble Meets to put our team in shape for the world championship and it has paid off.

“I am very proud of the Nigerian team and very proud to be Nigerian.

“I hope this victory will be made complete when our Golden Eaglets wins the World Cup later today,’’ he said.

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

WIKE'S MEDIA AIDE RESIGNS

The media aide attached to embattled Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has resigned.

Opunabo Inko-Tariah did not however just resign from the job, he has also turned around and mouthed off at his former boss.

In his letter of resignation made available to journalists today, November 6, Inko-Tariah accused his boss of starving him of funds and stubbornness in heeding professional media advice.

He stated that he has been under intense pressure performing his duties, adding that for five months, he operated as the media aide to the governor without funds.

He however thanked the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve in his government.

Ironically, in a swift reaction, the APC in Rivers state, in a statement issued by Chris Finebone, its publicity secretary, hailed Inko-Tariah’s action as courageous for finally deciding to dump Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

There is some confusion as the newly retired officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) cannot leave office yet and the newly promoted officers cannot take over their offices.

This is because in the Customs And Excise Management Act (CEMA), the Comptroller-General of Customs does not have the powers to retire or promote certain level of officers without recourse to the board. And a board has not been constituted yet.

Meanwhile, the service spokesman, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, has denied the development, saying the new management of the Customs service has been inaugurated. He said at the inauguration, all the newly promoted officers were in attendance.

He said: “This cannot be true. The new management was inaugurated Wednesday with all the acting new Deputy Comptrollers-General of Customs, (DCGs) and Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) zonal coordinators in attendance.”

 

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

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Prof. Oladejo Justus Olowu has made history as the founding Dean of the Law faculty at the American University of Nigeria, (AUN) Yola. 

According to a press release from the school, Prof. Olowu is described as being very active in the Nigerian law practice before going into University teaching, and worked as Professor of Law and Director of Postgraduate Studies & Research at the North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa, having joined the NWU in January 2010. He previously worked for Walter Sisulu University and University of Fort Hare, both in South Africa.
 
 
 
The AUN's President Dr Margee Ensign also had this to say: "With his impressive background, credentials and experience, all of us at AUN are thrilled to welcome Prof. Olowu as our founding Dean."
 
 
 
Professor Olowu was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992. He has two Masters of Law degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, in conjunction with University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
 
 
 
By Chika Jones

 

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Alexander Amosu is a Nigerian luxury designer and entrepreneur. He posted this on his instagram page to celebrate his success and inspire others. 

 

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By Chika Jones

NIGERIAN BOXER WINS N1 MILLION

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A Nigerian boxer,  Otto Joseph,  who was also a member of Team Nigeria boxing team to the 2012 Commonwealth Games and National Sports Festival medalist has won big at the GOtv Boxing Night on Sunday. The event which took place inside the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Lagos, saw Joseph overcome his opponent Nurudeen Fatai via a unanimous decision, after a gruelling eight round contest in a national light weight challenge.

 

 

According to Vanguard, speaking after the fight Joseph expressed delight for being named the best boxer. "I feel happy, I feel excited for emerging the best boxer. I never thought I would be awarded as the best boxer because there were other top boxers who took part in this championship," the pugilist said. He stated that he will continue to work hard in order to achieve his target in professional boxing. I will not relent until I get to the top. This is just the beginning for me," Joseph added.

 

By Chika Jones

19-yr-old Nigerian Emerges Councillor in UK

Aisha Eniola, a 19-year-old final year Nigerian student, was recently elected as the Councillor of Brent Council in London, UK.

Aisha who is currently a final year student of Mass Communication in one of the London universities, represented the Labour Party.

She polled a total of 2,160 votes, defeating Simon Erskine, of the Green Party, who received a total of 459 votes and Paul Fowler, of the Liberal Democrat, who polled 313 votes.

She exhibited astounding brilliance during the debates preceding the election, and this warmed her into the hearts of the voters.

She is currently the youngest Councillor in Brent council, and according to her, she hopes to inspire youths to participate in politics.

 

 

 

By: Pheyie

 

NIGERIAN NABBED IN INDIA FOR RAPE

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Christian Chidiebere Chukwu is a Nigerian man living in India. He was recently arrested for raping a 19 year old Nigerian girl, who happened to be his wife's friend.

 

 

Investigations reveal that Chukwu came to India in 2013, on a Medical attendant visa. He came with his relative, Loveson Chingrom Emesowum and they lived together in Mizoram.
 

 

He was arrested while hiding out at another friend's place in Bengaluru, India. Upon his capture, it was discovered that his visa had also expired.

 

By Chika Jones

SUPER FALCONS

 

Former Falcons attacking midfielder, Mercy Akide has revealed why the Nigerian Female team almost always disappoints at the world cup stage, she said:
 

 

 

"The issues have been the same from the time we were playing. The girls don't get enough exposure. How can we be the best when we don't test ourselves against the best teams in the world?"

 

 

 

"If you look at every tournament we have played, we keep making the same basic mistakes against the European and American teams. By now, we should not be talking of going to the World Cup to participate, but to win it. Now we can't even qualify for the Olympic Games."

 

 

"We have tournaments like the Algarve Cup where the best teams in the world test themselves against each other. Nigeria has never taken part. We don't play friendly matches until it is time for a major tournament. Our league is nearly dead. Players don't get paid enough either in the league or in the national team."


 

 

Mercy Akide also questioned why a player like Cynthia Nwak is always overlooked by authorities despite her obvious talents. She also advised the NFF authorities to "...start by identifying the girls at U17 and U20 level who will form part of the squad in four years' time."

 

 

 

"The players who will be too old to play at the next World Cup can be phased out but gradually so that they can lend their experience to the younger ones while we build a new team based on the younger players in the group and the girls from the U17 and U20 team."

 

By Chika Jones

NIGERIAN U-17 DEFEATS USA IN OPENING GAME

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The Nigerian Football teams are on a great streak, as the Golden Eaglets built on the win of the Super Eagles against Burkina Faso.

 

 

The Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke tutored-side handed a 2-0 defeat to the USA side as they began the race to defend their title in Chile on Saturday night. Goals from
Chukwumerije Agor and Victor Osimhen guaranteed the win. Their next match is against the host, Chile.

 

By Chika Jones

Ship owners exporting Nigerian oil have been asked by Shell to sign a “Letter of Comfort” (LoC) to guarantee that the oil been exported isn't stolen. This act is in line in tracing and  recovering all the money stolen from the oil sector.

In an email sent to ship owners, it read “Please be informed we expect LPG & Products ship owners to sign the NNPC LoC for any future Shell loading voyages,” the email said, referring to liquefied petroleum gas.

“Shell (is) putting (its) reputation on the table that warrants the cargo is NOT stolen and this should remove any concerns ship-owners have around bad title down the oil chain.” 

The email has since led traders and ship owners to reject pending bookings. Shell has however said it will migrate any negative impact the letter might bring so as to ensure trading is continued without disruption.

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli



Former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was arrested and detained before being released on bail last week in UK, has been ordered by a UK court to remain in the kingdom till April, 2016 after she is being investigated and arraigned for an alleged missing $20b of oil money during her stay as petroleum minister between 2010 and 2015.

However, Madueke whose international passport is seized was charged by the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) in collaboration with EFCC has pleaded not guilty.

 

 

 

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

Enyeama might quit Eagles

 
Vincent Enyeama, Super Eagles goalkeeper expressed his displeasure with the way he was treated by the Coach, Sunday Oliseh.
 
 “I was surprised,” Enyeama, who has 101 Nigeria caps to his name, told ESPN FC. “So I stood up to explain my position and ask for an explanation, but the coach asked me to sit down.

“I insisted on speaking because I felt that with the years of dedicated service I have given to the country I deserve at least the respect of giving my own side. But he told me that either the whole team would leave the room for me, or I would have to leave the room for the whole team.”

“There has been a lot of incidents these last few months,” he said. “I don’t need it, the team does not need it, so maybe the best thing might be to step aside in the interest of the country so that the team can focus on football instead of distractions.”

Enyeama arrived at the Nigeria camp on Tuesday, one day after Monday’s deadline, after attending his mother’s funeral over the weekend in his home town.

 

 

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya



President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list read out yesterday in the Senate has been faulted by the opposition political parties and socio political groups not to worth the long wait by Nigerians.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh,  in a statement flawed the list saying the unnecessary delay was unjustified. He said: “By a mere look at the list, one can tell that there is nothing to be excited about, especially considering the length of time it took the President to come up with it.

“Looking at the list, it is hard to put a finger on why it should take any serious-minded and focused government six months after its election to assemble such a regular team.”

Also, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, said the list was a mere “recycled politicians and individuals.”

Abdulkadir said: “From independence till date, the same people are being recycled. Governors who ruled their states recklessly are on the list. They never considered any youth worthy of consideration as a minister. Many of them are analogues and are not in tune with modern day expectations.

“None of the ministerial nominees can meet our yearnings and expectations. It is very unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari will delay Nigerians for five months just for a list of recycled people and 21 names for ministerial positions. The implication is that before he brings the rest, four years tenure would have gone. This has shown Nigerians that nothing good will come from Buhari and the APC.

“This is to show Nigerians that the change mantra is fake; there is no sincerity of purpose there and no commitment to the Nigerian cause. They just deceived Nigerians with ‘change, change’ slogan and won the heart of Nigerians.”

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, also stated that “One would have loved to see fresh faces who can at least offer hope. The list is however replete with a lot of faces that have been active part of the rot of the past years. There are persons perching on mountains of corruption and we can only hope that the Senate has enough resolve to do a proper screening. These are all Genesis people and not Revelation.”

In addition, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a human rights lawyer, reacted saying: “The impression that the President gave to everyone was that he was searching out for ‘saints’ to work with him. We could not have wasted the past three months waiting for Fayemi, Fashola, Amaechi, Ngige and Audu Ogbeh. These are people who had worked with the President, whose names he should have compiled even before he was sworn in.

“There was thus no need for all the hype and melodrama about the ministerial list, in the manner that the President has kept the whole nation in such frenetic suspense and deliberate guesswork.

“They all appear to be people of conscience, on the face of it, who ordinarily should help midwife a new Nigeria, but given the internal contradictions currently plaguing the ruling APC, then we may not expect any miracle from those names already announced.”

Furthermore, Ms. Carol Ajie, a member of the African Regional Representative, International Bar Association Human Rights Working Group, criticised the list for containing only three women; saying: “Three women out of a list of 21 is seven male nominees to one female, falls short of our sustainable development goals of promoting gender equality, empowering women in politics and the professions.

“Nigeria is one of Africa’s leading lights, hence our political leaders should position our country to attain the development agenda ratified by all countries, in keeping true to the millennium momentum.”

 

 




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By: Temitope Bamidele

The Nigerian military yesterday has reinstated its promise that terrorism will end in the country by December.

The Theatre Commander, Operation “Lafiya Dole”, Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar, said this in Maiduguri, saying: “I want to assure all that for every second that passes, we get more committed to fighting the insurgents; we cannot be deterred.

“We are doing as much as we could to ensure that we completely eradicate the insurgents as quickly as possible because we are aware of the timeline within which to complete the task.”

Commenting in the recent bombings, Abubakar assured Nigerians, saying: “Investigation on those that we suspect are either participating or hiding, fuelling or conniving with those that carried out those acts, is ongoing. They will be exposed in due course.”

 

 

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

MKO'S YOUNGER BROTHER IS DEAD



The younger brother of late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale(MKO) Abiola, Alhaji Musibau Abiola, is dead.

He died on Saturday around 4am after a long illness. He has been buried today at noon according to Islamic rites.

 

 

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

MUM WAS MY PILLAR- ENYEAMA



Following the death of the mother of Super Eagles captain and Lille OSC's top goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, Enyeama has been out of action in two of Nigeria's latest matches as well as club matches.

Describing his late mother has his "pillar", he said, “I am shattered and devastated because my mother was my pillar. She was full of life and showed no signs of illness before she died so this is quite difficult to take.

“My mother was always there for me handing me important pieces of advice and always praying for me.

“In the most difficult moments of my life, she was always there, and there is no way I would have achieved all I have if it wasn’t for her influence in my life.”

 



Credit: The Nation

By: Temitope Bamidele

Nigerian women referees will take charge of a 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying match between Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, which has been rescheduled for this weekend by the Confederation of African Football.

The match was earlier set to be played last weekend.

Uloma Nwogu will be the referee for this weekend's clash in Burkina Faso, with Hulda Nwokocha as first assistant and Mimisen Iyorhe as second assistant.

Another Nigerian, Folusho Ajayi will be the reserve referee.

The match is the third round, first leg of the race to the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

The winner of the fixture between Burkina Faso and Ethiopia will clash with the winner between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana, while the winner between Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo will confront the winner between Zambia and South Africa, for Africa’s two slots at the finals in Papua New Guinea.

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, who plies his trade with Manchester City was unable to play at the last fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, where Man City slumped to a 4-1 defeat.
 
However the youngster has been declared fit ahead of their next game against Newcastle.
 
Although they will be playing without their skipper, Vincent Kompany.
 
 
 
 
 
By: Chika Onwuasoanya
 

AMOSUN SUBMITS COMMISSIONERS' LIST TO ASSEMBLY


Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has submitted his list of commissioner – nominees to the Ogun State House of Assembly for approval.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi who read the letter at the floor of the house during Wednesday plenary of the Assembly, informed co – lawmakers that the governor is seeking their support and confirmation of the nominees.

The submitted list consists of some former commissioners which include the former commissioner for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; former commissioner of Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sofekun; former commissioner of Local Government and Chieftains Affairs, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo; former commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite; former Commissioners for Commerce, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru; and commissioner of Tourism, Yewade Amusan.

Other who made the list are: Arch. Segun Abiodun, Hon. Jide Ojuko, Mr. Sunday Segun Bamiwola, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, Barr. Leke Adewolu, Mr Folabi Afuape, Mr. Gbenga Adeosun, Chief Kolawole Wasiu Lawal, Olumide Ayeni, amongst others.

 

 



Credit: The Nation

By: Temitope Bamidele

ENYEAMA, MIKEL RECALLED

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Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has called up 24 players for next
month’s international friendlies with Congo and Cameroon.

Enyeama missed out on Nigeria’s last two fixtures against Tanzania and
Niger Republic, supersport.com reports.

The Lille OSC goalkeeper was bereaved following the death of his mother and
asked to be excused from both games.

He will now return to captain the three-time African champions in the
fixtures against Congo and Cameroon in Belgium.

 

By: Kindness Okoli

 

 

I thought I had found the right person for me...someone I could spend forever with. It was so beautiful & euphoric that I thought this was it. It was like all the stars in the universe had conspired to smile at me at the same time. I was basking in the very joy & bliss of knowing that, indeed, true love wasn't  banished to just the fairy-tales on the pages of novels or the scripts of Hollywood movies. But after a year of dating, I had to break up with him. I couldn’t believe that what had started so well could end so fast...and so painfully.

 

Many of us have been through such a similar experience...either as the villain or the victim. For one thing, a breakup could be painful even for the person who initiated it. You may think for a minute this person was in your life and you had beautiful plans for the future and then the next minute, they are gone.

However, a breakup no matter how painful could, sometimes, be a good thing. If you aren't happy with someone you are dating, you probably won't be happy when you are married to them anyway.  In a situation like that, breaking up could just be the best for all parties involved.

 

A breakup doesn't necessarily make you a failure and not all courtships end in a marriage. If you or your partner has serious misgivings, the  best decision may well be to move on. If that happens, the fact that the relationship failed doesn't in any way mean that you have failed or that you're a failure in life. Far from that. You can move on. There are always better days ahead... HOW???

 

1.ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAIN NO MATTER HOW EXCRUCIATING IT MAY BE: Sometimes, the best way out of pain is to go through it, not finding a frantic escape route out of it. Acknowledging the bitter reality of what you are feeling is usually the first step to healing. Admission, not denial. Not withdrawal either; just pure admission that the pain is there & it is tearing you into shreds. It is okay to cry (yes peeps, it is!)...let it all out and more often than not, you will feel better afterwards.

 

2. ASSOCIATE WITH PEOPLE WHO TRULY & HONESTLY CARE ABOUT YOU: This may not be easy, but soon you'll realize how spending time with close friends &  loved ones can help build you up, especially when you're trying to get through a very tough period of your life. You tend to have a better frame of mind and gradually forget what has happened, as you are magically distracted instead by positive & fun-filled activities that keep your mind away from the traumatic feelings that lurk around following a painful breakup.

 

3. LEARN FROM WHAT HAPPENED : Examine yourself and look for areas you need to grow. Are there things you would like to do differently in your next relationship? Life is tough. It's tough because there is no script out there that best prepares you for what lies ahead. So, you have got to pick up the pieces each time life's test throws you into a state of psychological disaster. It's is the exact lessons you pick up from those very bitter & painful situations that help mold your own script that unwittingly forms the compass that guides you through life. So, the more you fall, the more lessons you pick up along the way, & the richer or more robust your own script becomes to better prepare you for the storms that lie ahead. These storms are sometimes inexorable or inevitable & those are the little things that make life truly beautiful & wonderful.

 

While it is true that ending a relationship might be difficult,  you can grow and learn from it. Start your healing process today.

 

By: Kindness Okoli

 

Edited By: Isaac Audu-Usman

 

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(Read part 1 here)

 

Kelena decided to take matters into her hands and do something about the frequent harassment, not just for herself but to clear the whole system. Kelena said to herself: 'I know it is not going to be an easy fight or even happen quickly but I am going to do it. I plan on getting actual evidence that can nail any of these men that first falls prey to my prank.’

 

Kelena narrates:

I finally opened up to my friends and behold they all had their individual stories and a few had already given into the evil desires of the lecturers and felt they could not stop or they would face grave consequences.   A few of us decided that we would lure these lecturers to the same location (a hotel found for us by Natalie's boyfriend) on the same day. We also had a group of boys (friends of ours) in the restroom filming the process and recording the conversations. The girls (I, Natalie and a friend) finally convinced the lecturers that we were ready to do their biddings.

 

So that afternoon we made sure they arrived separately in order to avoid them suspecting any activity.  It happened and as they got into the room the girls made sure they initiated conversations that were implicating enough. The lecturers of course fell for it and just about when they had gotten undressed, ready for action, the boys burst out and caught it on camera, took pictures and recorded videos.

 

I got an NGO that helps victims like me to assist with the next action! Well, to cut a long story short, the lecturers, reputable professors and a doctor were disgracefully sacked. Sexual harassment will not happen in a long time in that university that is for sure.

 

All these actions and the process cost Kelena and Natalie an extra year but they were not bothered because they were excited that they had left the university with their dignity intact. But this is the story of one girl - this is one scenario.  What about the people who are even more victimised when they try to speak out and the ones that have given in to these desires and still fail?

 

Let us look at the possible effects sexual harassments have on people like Kelena. Do not forget the process of Kelena's sexual harassment started since her first week in the university. She had been prone to a number of psychological effects ranging from frustration, anxiety, fear to feeling irritated when advances are made to her from even ‘normal’ people. She may have feared retaliation and victim-blaming. The other effects she may have experienced are:

 

  • Being objectified and humiliated by scrutiny and gossip.                                                                          
  • Defamation of character and tainted reputation.                                                                                                        
  • Loss of focus.                                                                                                                                                       
  • Becoming publicly sexualised.                                                                                                                      

 

Kelena’s life came under public scrutiny - the victim became the accused. What she wore, her lifestyle and private life came under attack. But this hardly happens to the perpetrator of the crime whilst anxiety, frustration, depression, sleeplessness and/or nightmares, difficulty concentrating, headaches, fatigue, shame and guilt, loss of self esteem, isolation, suicidal thoughts and attempts become the order of the day for the victims.

 

These and more are the aftermath of what Kelena and victims like her could suffer in the long run.

 

 

Let us consider the consequences of this case on Kelena's university                                                       

The school suffers disruption in its usual activity and there is a reduced productivity in the school and the students will lack motivation to learn.      

Diminished reputation that may impair efforts to attract, recruit and retain students, faculty and staff.                                                                                                                                                                        

A lot of time would be spent by the university staff to respond to complaints investigators and lawyers.                                                                                                                                                             

The university will spend great amounts of money on back pay, attorney fees, and also could lose financial benefits.  The university might also have to pay for compensatory and punitive damages.

 

But there is the other side of the coin                                                                                                          

Sexual harassment in universities is mostly viewed from the randy male lecturers’ angle, little is spoken of female students deliberately seducing male lecturers mainly for better grades.  Apart from the direct advances, lecturers also complain that they feel harassed when females walk into their office in provocative dresses that show off cleavages and other sensitive body parts.

 

Sexual harassment always produces a ripple effect whenever it occurs. Individuals directly involved are affected by the emotional, physical and often financial repercussions of sexual harassment and the ripple effects extend to others too – co-workers, classmates, friends and family members can also be hurt.

 

These tips can help make it stop.

 

JUST SAY STOP!If you can, tell the person to stop. State clearly and firmly that you want a particular behaviour to cease. This is not a time to be polite or vague. Consider the possibility that the harasser may not realise that a particular behaviour is offensive.

 

Get information and support. If you feel you cannot speak up, talk with the schools counseling unit for further help and guidance. These people can provide support and advice about the schools policy and procedures, and can help to resolve the problem.

 

Write to the harasser. This can often succeed in stopping sexual harassment. Include a factual account of the offending behavior, describe how you felt about it, and state simply that you want that particular behavior to stop. Keep the letter polite, low-key and factual.

 

If the message is to work, it must be a private communication between the persons involved, so don't send a copy to anyone else, but be sure to keep a copy for yourself. Typically, you won't have a response to your letter, but the troubling behaviour will stop right away. Keep records or a journal and save any letters, e-mail, or notes you have about the situation if the harassment persists. Record dates, places, times, witnesses and the nature of the harassment—what was said when, and how you responded.

 

We all have a collective responsibility to provide a work and learning environment free of sexual harassment, the university's leaders must be proactive in preventing sexual harassment and responding in a timely and effective manner to allegations of sexual harassment. Action taken by individuals in notable positions of authority such as deans, human rights activists even Vice Chancellors is pivotal to the determination of legal liability when law suits or complaints are filed with federal or state enforcement agencies.

 

This piece aims to shed light on this ignored crime going on in campuses around the world. It demoralises women and poses a threat on their dignity. The story about Kelena is a story that’s true and relatable for many Nigerian undergraduates.  Stop Sexual Harassment in Universities! Spread the word!

       

#StopSexualHarassmentInUni  

      

By Chidera Okehi.

 

sexual harrassment

 

Sexual Harassment can be said to be an unwanted sexual attention or behaviour which negatively affects the work or learning environment. In some cases, this occurs when a person in a position of power uses that influence to force a subordinate into providing sexual favours. The imbalance of power creates a situation in which the subordinate cannot freely say no. In many instances, the behaviour of sexual nature creates an intimidating atmosphere in the learning environment which ultimately disrupts a person’s ability to learn. These kinds of sexual behaviours may be in form of: Sexual touching and/or suggestive looks, gestures and sounds.  

                                                                  

In (Nigerian) universities today, sexual harassment has somewhat become a norm.  It happens daily and its impact is growing at an alarming rate! The social issue has become a part of the undisciplined minds of both the perpetrators of the act and the victims. These victims succumb to this act for many reasons like:                                                                                                       

- They have no one to help them out of the situation.      

 - The student can be threatened with carry-overs and eventually an extra year.                                    

 - They succumb to peer pressure – 'everyone is doing it' and so on.                                                           

- Many students do not have the courage to say no and are victimised when they do.

 

This is KELENA'S story: a victim of sexual harassment.

“I got inappropriate sexual advances from the first week of resumption as a diploma student in the university,” Kelena said.

Kelena narrates her first encounter with her first harasser: ' After a wonderful lecture, I thought what a wonderful way to end the week. I sat on the first front row of the class and the lecturer was still discussing with a student as everyone started leaving the class. When I was about to leave, it was just the lecturer, the student and I that were left in the class.

 

The lecturer suddenly asked - ‘Did you enjoy the class?’ I turned back with a smile and quickly replied, ‘Yes, Doctor! He continued to engage me in a discussion as we descended the stairs. He asked other questions and eventually asked me to follow him to his office where we had a little chat. He started being flirty but I ignored these signs because I was just really excited! I was talking to my lecturer and I already told myself I could meet him for recaps after lectures and he could be my school father.... I was only 16! After our talk, he let me go and told me I could visit anytime I wanted. I was even more excited.    

                                                                     

But the next encounter left me numb. While in his office, he came close to me, squeezed my breasts roughly and went to lock his door. I had become petrified. At that moment, I was scared to my pants but I knew I had to think fast! A thought struck me immediately.

 

‘Doctor it looks like I’m going to be here for long,’ I’d said with a bold and smiling face. I still wonder how I had pulled that off with all the fear in me. Then I’d told him, I wanted to tell my friend waiting for me outside, not to wait for me anymore. He’d laughed as I approached the door, hitting my butt. ‘Good girl!’ he’d said. That was how I’d escaped.

 

Immediately, I left his office, I heaved a deep sigh of relief. I was perplexed because I never believed such could ever happen to me in my second week in the university and especially because I was always modestly dressed. I ran to an isolated place to cry, I did not tell anyone because I was ashamed. I stayed away from him as much as possible. I hardly attended his lectures and even when I did, I occupied the back seats (a position I hated). Luckily, I passed that lecturer’s course. That situation passed by but in my second year, I got more advances from lecturers as well.  Again, I rebuffed them.

 

In my third year, I had a friend whom we attended lectures together. During this year, we both got advances from lecturers. It got to a point that my friend, Natalie had lied to her harasser that she was a lesbian and I was her partner. Of course, this story spread like wild fire and we were safe for the rest of the academic year.

 

I was unaware that I was still about to face my most difficult challenge yet. In the final year in university, it’s only natural that you come in closer contact with your project supervisor, course adviser, and other lecturers. So by default, you have to constantly visit these people’s offices for different purposes. 

 

In my case, 90% of these people that were to guide me to graduation were male. I became even more modest in dressing when going to their offices, avoided eye contact, ensured I did not go to their offices at late hours and observed many precautionary measures to avoid giving out a wrong signal.  

 

Sadly, all my hard work did not pay off as two lecturers kept pestering me for sex; my supervisor and another lecturer from an entirely different department. It was easy to stay away from the one not in my department but it was impossible to stay away from my supervisor. I thought it was business as usual with my supervisor (I could keep stalling till I had nothing to do with him anymore), but it was not....

 

Read Part 2 here...

By Chidera Okehi

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