Inspired By Oprah’s Speech At The Golden Globe Awards, These Nigerian Women Have Spoken On Sexual Harassment From Their Lecturers
It seems that more and more women are coming out of their shell and are no longer afraid to speak up against sexual harassment.
On the 7th of January, the Golden Awards held and Oprah Winfrey who became the first black woman to win a golden globe award, in her speech employed ladies not to stand for harassment in any form but to speak out.
In line with that, a certain female doctor by the name Funke Derzan has called out a lecturer of Anatomy in OAU, Ife who she said failed lots of ladies who refused to yield to his sexual advances including her.
This is what she said below:
“Oprah’s speech on Golden Globe tonight inspired me to post this. Dr.Med.Dr” Francis Andy Fakoya of Anatomy Department OAU Ife-Ife,Nigeria , you destroyed many young lives through your sexual harassments. As that was not enough, you used your power as a teacher to Medical Students, to fail any student that refused you.
Some of the student victims repeated the class, some like me were lucky to have just a resit, while some were thrown out of Medical school. I chose to say NO to you and you failed me in Anatomy 2 times (Part 2 and Part 3), which are the only failures I have on my transcript!!! I remember your words to me both times, a day before both exams, “Agree to sleep with me or you fail and resit the exam”.
Wherever you are tonight (St George’s University, Medical School, Caribbean Island), for all the lives you affected negatively, TIME’S UP!!!”
We have a screenshot of her post
This had not died down when a young lady explained how she had been sexually molested by her course adviser in Unilag and even went ahead to try to fail her because she had dared to report him to her father.
This is what she wrote:
“In 2006, my final year in UNILAG, I went to see my course adviser regarding something about my course work. I entered his office, greeted, and sat across from him.
We spoke for a while in a manner that appeared civil at first but no more than a few minutes into our conversation he got up and came to my side of the table. I was still seated at this point but I remember thinking ‘why is this man standing up?’
He then leaned on the table, he was right by my side and said to me, ‘I didn’t know you were so beautiful’. As he said this, he put his wretched hand on my thigh. I immediately sprang out of my seat, petrified that this pitiful soul would touch me again.
‘What are you doing?’ I asked stupidly.
‘What do you mean what am I doing?’ He said trying to reach out to me as I cautiously stepped away from him ‘are you not a big girl?’
‘Sir, if we are done discussing my course, I would be leaving now’ I turned my back to him and proceeded toward the door. It was a small office so the door was just a few steps away.
‘But why are you going? You know you will come back and beg me’ he quickly wrapped his arm around me from the back in an attempt to stop my exit and I felt his lust-filled breath on my neck.
I was determined to get out of there so I yanked open the door and he let go. I felt like someone had thrown a bucket of slimy insects all over me. My skin was crawling.
All this happened in just a few minutes. I doubt the sorry excuse of a man would even remember the encounter.
I ran straight to the Faculty of Arts where my Dad was the Dean at the time.
I entered my father’s office in tears and told him what had happened and my Dad went ballistic. He asked his driver to take me home and summoned the lecturer. My father took up the matter and was pursuing the issue till he passed away just a few months after. Rest In Peace Daddy.
After my dad died, this lecturer tried to get back at me for having the audacity to speak up. Luckily the goodwill my father had built while at the university saw me through and I graduated with no issues.
That Lecturer’s name is Dr.Louis Egwari. He taught in the Dept of Microbiology, University of Lagos. A google search shows he now teaches at Covenant University. I can only hope he has changed his ways.
If you’ve read up to this point, I’m sure you are wondering why I just shared this story…
Last night, Hollywood celebrities all wore black to the Golden Globes as a protest against sexual harassment and abuse. It occurred to me that the culture of silence persists in this part of the world. Women are ashamed to speak up when they are sexually harassed. And most times you can’t blame them, because when they do speak up, they are asked incredibly stupid questions like ‘what were you wearing?’, ‘why did you go there?’, ‘why were you alone with him?’… like any of these things are a substitute for consent.
Across the world, there are a lot of entitled men in privileged positions who believe that they can take whatever they want and damn anyone who stands in their way. IT HAS TO STOP!
Everyday women are victimized at school or at the work place all because they said NO.
This issue transcends the gender debate. Both men and women have to speak up to stop this pervasive form of violence against women.
See the Facebook post below.