Reporter Kiki Mordi, who claims to know first-hand how devastating sexual harassment can be, reveals what happens behind closed doors at some of West Africa’s most prestigious universities (Photo: BBC)

BBC journalist Kiki Mordi has revealed that she had gotten threats following her investigations into the sexual harassment of female students.

Concise News reports that Kiki and her team did an undercover investigation of harassment of female students by male lecturers at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of Ghana.

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In the documentary which was published on YouTube, and making the rounds on the internet, Kiki said she was inspired to venture into the investigation based on her personal experience.

She noted that despite the threats she had received since the documentary broke the internet, she is not bothered as the BBC takes the welfare of its staff seriously.

“I have received subtle threats since this work was completed but I am not bothered because the BBC takes the security of employees seriously,” she told Sahara Reporters.

“Before embarking on this project, the team prayed a lot and also sang because it helped to calm the nerves.

“But I had to go through the training I received over and over again because I wanted to get it right.”

According to her, “The bulk of the ritual I performed were reading, research and preparation.

“The biggest goal of this work was to be louder than the aggressor because sexual harassment is very loud. I wanted it to be silenced.

“I am happy that a lot is changing already since the documentary was released and I can confirm to you that one of the lecturers at the University of Lagos caught sexually harassing a prospective student has been dismissed by the institution.

“I believe it doesn’t stop there until there is a conviction. We have to break that culture of impunity.”

In the documentary, one of the lecturers at the University of Lagos Boniface Igbeneghu, a former sub-dean of Faculty of Arts, made sexual advances at a “prospective student” who claimed to be 17 years old.

Igbeneghu is also a pastor of a local branch of the Foursquare Gospel Church and has since been suspended by the church and the University of Lagos following the undercover report.