Kiki Mordi is a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigative journalist and radio presenter, a filmmaker, storyteller, and writer from Port Harcourt, South-South, Nigeria. She is the head of presenting with women radio FM 9.17 and is notably famous for her investigative journalism which uncovered sexual harassment in African universities, particularly Nigerian and Ghanian universities.
Kiki Mordi, who is currently based in the United Kingdom, dropped out of school because of sexual harassment, hence her passion for the cause. Her findings went on air on the BBC on October 7, 2019, a day after the media giant announced that it would air the documentary.
The journalist revealed this in the hour-long documentary published by the media outfit and which focused on lecturers in higher institutions who demand sex from their students to pass them in their examinations.
Kiki Mordi Biography
Kiki Mordi (born 12 August 1991) is a Nigerian journalist, media personality, filmmaker and writer. In 2016, she won the award of Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (South-South) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards.
Mordi was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria to Nigerian parents. After the death of her father, she gained admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to study medicine, but later dropped out due to sexual harassment from a certain lecturer.
Mordi is a Nigerian journalist, media personality, filmmaker and writer. She is currently a BBC Africa Eye reporter and the head of presenting with WFM 91.7. In 2017, she started an online petition to end police extortion and exploitation after some Nigerian policemen invaded their home and accused her and her boyfriend of being cultists. In 2015, she was nominated for The Most Promising Young Presenter (TV/Radio) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards. In 2016, she won the award of Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (South-South) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards. She was nominated for the On-air Personality of the Year (Female) at the Scream All-Youth Awards. On 3 November 2019, she was nominated for The Future Awards Africa in Prize for Journalism category.
2019 Sex for Grades Documentary
On 7 October 2019, Mordi and her team at the BBC Africa Eye released a 13-minute documentary exposing sexual harassment of students by lecturers in University of Lagos and the University of Ghana. Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the University of Lagos, Dr. Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor of the University of Ghana were the lecturers implicated in a viral video that came with the exposé.
Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu is a senior lecturer in the faculty of arts, University of Lagos and a head pastor of Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Dr. Ransford Gyampo is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor is a lecturer at the College of Education in the University of Ghana. Mordi, who was disguised as a 17-year-old admission seeker in the video, stated that it took her and her team, nine months to complete the investigation. After the exposé, Dr. Ransford Gyampo threatened to sue the BBC.
Due to the documentary, the University of Lagos suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu and Foursquare Gospel Church asked him to step down from the pulpit. A “Cold Room” caught in the video where lecturers sexually harass students was shut down by the University of Lagos. Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold, his wife Simi and many Nigerians hailed Mordi for her explosive documentary. A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar and a former senate president of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki, called on the Nigerian government to take immediate action against sexual harassment in Nigerian universities. In an interview with Sahara Reporters, Mordi revealed that she has received subtle threats since concluding the investigation.
On 8 October 2019, Mordi and her team at the BBC Africa Eye released a full hour-long documentary that featured more lecturers that are guilty of sexually harassing students and led to the suspension of Dr. Samuel Oladipo, a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Lagos.
On 9 October 2019, the Nigerian senate heeded the call of Nigerians and re-introduced the anti-sexual harassment bill and was read on the floor of the senate.
Kiki Mordi mentioned in the documentary she gained admission into one of the best schools in Nigeria, just after the death of her father.
According to her, she was a medical student with her gaze on the bright future ahead, only for her dreams to be truncated by a certain lecturer who wanted to have sex with her.
She is currently an Africa Eye reporter for BBC and she has been hailed a hero across the country for exposing the randy lecturers.
One of the lecturers involved in the sex for mark scandal is Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Faculty of Arts, the University of Lagos who also doubles as the head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos.
According to Kiki Mordi, the investigation was carried out due to the clamor to expose these bad lecturers.
Watch Kiki Mordi ‘Sex for Grades’ Documentary Below:
Kiki Mordi threatened
Kiki Mordi told SaharaReporters that she had received subtle threats since her widely applauded undercover investigation into sexual harassment of female students by male lecturers at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana respectively was published.
The investigation, which took almost a year, saw Mordi and other undercover female journalists secretly filming randy lecturers in both universities trying to use their positions to demand sex from young ladies in order to favour them academically.
According to Mordi, who said on Monday that the project was inspired by her personal story, she is not bothered by those threats because the BBC takes the security of employees very seriously.
She said, “I have received subtle threats since this work was completed but I am not bothered because the BBC takes the security of employees seriously.
“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 trainings I received over and over again because I wanted to get it right.
“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 release 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 undercover documentary now making the rounds on the Internet, one of the lecturers at the University of Lagos, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, a former sub-dean of Faculty of Arts, who is also a pastor of a local branch of the Foursquare Gospel Church, was seen making amorous advances at the ‘prospective student’, who claimed to be 17 years old.
At a point in the video, he offered her a wine, asked her to switch off the light in the room so that he could kiss her.
After the young lady didn’t do as he had said, Igbeneghu soon stood up to switch off the light himself before going back on the sofa they both seated to pull her close to himself for what he described as a “cold room” experience.
According to the lecturer, the “cold room” is a place within the school’s senior staff club where he and his colleagues take female students to for sexual pleasure.
Since the video went public, there have been reactions from all across the country with many prominent voices calling for a quick action by the government to arrest sexual harassment in higher institutions in the country.
Apart from being axed by Unilag, the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria also announced the suspension of Igbeneghu on Monday.