Kiki Mordi

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.[1]

Early life and education

Mordi was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria to Nigerian parents.[2] After the death of her father, she gained admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka to study medicine, but later dropped out due to sexual harassment from a certain lecturer.[3][4]

Career

Mordi is a Nigerian journalist, media personality, filmmaker and writer. She is a current BBC Africa Eye reporter and the head of presenting with WFM 91.7.[2] 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.[5] In 2015, she was nominated for The Most Promising Young Presenter (TV/Radio) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards.[6] In 2016, she was nominated and won the award of Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (South-South) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards.[1] She was nominated for the On-air Personality of the Year (Female) at the Scream All-Youth Awards.[7]

Life at the Bay

In 2019, she produced a documentary film "Life at the Bay" in Lagos, Nigeria. The film tells the story of the inhabitants of Tarkwa Bay and the survival and struggles of their women.[8]

On 17 May 2019, the film directed by Nora Awolowo was selected by Real Time International Film Festival.[9]

On 6 October 2019, the film was selected to show at the 2019 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), that will hold from 10 to 16 November 2019.[10]

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 University of Ghana.[11] Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of University of Lagos, Dr. Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor of University of Ghana were the lecturers implicated in a viral video that came with the exposé.[12] 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.[13] Mordi, who was disguised as a 17-year-old admission seeker in the video, stated that it took she and her team, nine months to complete the investigation.[14][15] After the exposé, Dr. Ransford Gyampo threatened to sue the BBC.[16] Due to the documentary, University of Lagos suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu and Foursquare Gospel Church asked him to step down from the pulpit.[17][18] A "Cold Room" caught in the video where lecturers sexually harass students was shut down by the University of Lagos.[19]Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold, his wife Simi and many Nigerians hailed Mordi for her explosive documentary.[20][21] 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.[22][23] In an interview with Sahara Reporters, Mordi revealed that she has received subtle threats since concluding the investigation.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2016 Scream All-Youth Awards On-air Personality of the Year (Female) Nominated
Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (South-South) Won
2015 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards The Most Promising Young Presenter (TV/Radio) Nominated

References

  1. ^ a b "BEHOLD! Winners at 6th Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA)". Nigerian Voice. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Interesting 5 facts about Kiki Mordi the sex for grade undercover journalist". Daily Times Nigeria. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Seven things you should know about Kiki Mordi". The Nation Newspaper. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Kiki Mordi: BBC reporter dropped out of school over sexual harassment (Video)". Within Nigeria. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ "KIKI MORDI'S "END POLICE EXTORTION NOW"  PETITION GETS 1,000 SIGNATURES". Women of Rubies. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Here Are Nominees' Numbers For Voting at NBMA 2015". Glamtush. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  7. ^ "D'banj, Linda Ikeji, Don Jazzy grab Scream All Youth Awards 2016 nomination". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  8. ^ "The Trailer For the documentary film 'Life at the Bay' looks rather promising". YNaija. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Documentary By Kiki Mordi And Nora Awolowo, "Life at the Bay" Selected By Real Time Film Festival". Station Magazine. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Here's the Full List of Films Selected for AFRIFF 2019". BellaNaija. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  11. ^ "'Sex for grades': Undercover in West African universities". BBC News. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Sex For Marks: BBC Releases Faces Of Lecturers Sexually Harassing Students In UNILAG, Legon". Sahara Reporters. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  13. ^ "UNILAG lecturer caught in sex-for-grade scandal". Punch Newspapers. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Nigerians react to BBC exposé on African lecturers in #SexForGrades". Pulse NG. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  15. ^ "BBC Exposes Sexual Harassment at West African Universities". Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  16. ^ "#SexForGrades: Ghanaian lecturer threatens to sue". Punch Newspapers. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  17. ^ "UNILAG suspends Dr Boniface, lecturer caught on video sexually harassing 'admission seeker'". Premium Times Nigeria. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  18. ^ "UNILAG, Foursquare Suspend Lecturer Filmed Demanding Sex From Student". Sahara Reporters. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  19. ^ "BREAKING: #SexForGrades: UNILAG shuts down 'Cold Room', where lecturers 'sexually harass' students". Premium Times Nigeria. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Simi & Adekunle Gold Hail BBC Journalist, Kiki Mordi For Exposing University Lecturers in New Documentary". tooXclusive. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Nigerians praise BBC reporter, Kiki Mordi, over #SexForGrades documentary". QED.NG. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Atiku Calls For Action Against Sexual Harassment in Universities". Sahara Reporters. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  23. ^ "#SexForGrades: Revisit Sexual Harassment Bill, Saraki Urges Buhari, Senate". Sahara Reporters. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  24. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Sex-for-grades: I Have Received Threats Since Undercover Investigation, Says BBC Journalist Kiki Mordi". Sahara Reporters. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  25. ^ "Sex-for-admission: UNILAG suspends another lecturer, Dr Oladipo, caught in BBC video". The Sun Nigeria. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  26. ^ "Senate re-introduces anti-sexual harassment bill". Premium Times Nigeria. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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