Showing posts with label sex scandal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sex scandal. Show all posts

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nollywood producer arrested for sexual abuse of actresses at audition

A Nollywood movie poster.

Nollywood producer arrested for sex abuse of actresses at audition

A popular Nollywood producer (names withheld) and a prominent member of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) has been arrested after he was caught pants dawn stripping young actresses naked at his audition for a new movie last week in Surulere, Lagos.

Many registered members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and non guild members came for the audition at a residence opposite the popular Nollywood rendezvous Winnis Hotel. The producer of Locomotive productions said only actresses were needed. But other male actors decided to hang around whilst the audition was going on before the owner of the venue raised an alarm that the actresses were being sexually abused in one of the rooms. She said she saw one of the young actresses totally stripped and two others were giving blow-job to two members of the casting crew. The male actors rushed into the house and caught the popular producer and two other men engaged in oral sex with two actresses! They blew the whistle and the authorities soon arrived and arrested the producer and his accomplices.
Were they auditioning for a porn home video?

Cossy Orjiakor, a Nollywood sex symbol has once complained of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment of desperate young actresses is common in Nollywood, but many popular actors and producers have denied allegations of sexual abuse.

A popular Nollywood actress Alaba Olatunde was once quoted in an interview with Bayo Adeboye that more than 90 percent of Nollywood actresses have slept with producers or marketers.

“Yes, I was sexually harassed several times; I was abused many times so much so that I even thought I was in the wrong profession. But I was determined not to quit, “ Alaba said in the interview posted on the Modern Ghana online news magazine from a Nollywood Exclusive published by on Sun, 12 Dec 2010.

“But frankly, more than 90 per cent of them would have slept with producers or marketers before getting to where they are today. Sexual harassment is very common in the industry and it takes only the grace of God for you to survive without it, “she added.

Pioneer Nollywood actor and producer Dozie Eboh confirmed the occurrences of sexual harassment in Nollywood in a recent Saturday Punch interview with Ademola Olonilua published on Saturday August 13, 2011.

“Yes, I have had the experience. We have those experiences. There was a time I did an auditioning and after, a girl came to my office to seduce me. You should be a man and know what you want. We do suffer sexual harassment. In fact, producers suffer sexual harassment from women than women suffer from producers,” said Dozie Eboh.

Pornography is a criminal offense in Nigeria and the National Film and Video Censors Board, the industry regulatory body checks the portrayal of violence, crimes, sex and pornography, vulgarity and other forms of obscenity in Nigerian and foreign movies before broadcast.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Sex Scandal of Engineer Peter Otubu and student Judith Okosun

Engineer Peter Otubu and student Judith Okosun in July, 2010

Vice Chancellor Sam Uniamikogbo, Reconsider Sanctions on Student Judith
Okosun of the Ambrose Alli University

Clearly the frenzy triggered by Engineer Peter Otubu and student Judith Okosun in July, 2010 which not long ago rocked the institution just before the very recent students ‘protest certainly warranted a very strong administrative action to serve as a huge deterrence, and you have done so, fully.

As you may know, I also called for some type of crisis management in my previous writing, by recommending some form of crisis counseling which I hope was considered.

Sir, the recent news of Engr. Peter Otubu’s dismissal from the institution is greatly welcomed as it demonstrates a leadership style that is helpful in aggressively bringing professionalism and quality assurance back to university governance. Mr. Otubu’s action was a clear sign of miscarriage of academic integrity.

Sir, Judith Okosun, the 400-level Mechanical Engineering student reportedly got a suspension of six semesters, and all reasonable minds will agree that the student certainly needed to be sanctioned as your administration has noted in regards to the reality that Judith “was aware of the university’s rules and regulations and once any student violates any of the rules, that student will be disciplined.’’
Any reasonable person will certainly agree with you.

But here is the problem; this is not the first time that a lecturer had demanded sex from students for grades, as the now former engineering lecturer once helped the university authorities to stop a lecturer who was in a hotel to prepare his grade book using the mode of sexual molestation of students as a guide.

For those of us with experience in academic leadership and who see the world through the prism of human psychology, it is generally accepted that a professor at all times must avoid lapses in judgment or shun lack of control when involved in any type of student situation.

Sir, you will agree that a university instructor is far more powerful within the halls of any school; he or she is way more matured, and less socially awkward than any student. And in his or her relationship with students the spirit of legal and moral responsibilities must be his or her guide in order to protect a student, no matter how troubled is the student.

Sir, even when you consider the fact that there are students that are more socially sophisticated, physically advanced or romantically as well as sexually experienced than an instructor, it is a serious ethical breach for a lecturer not to act as a lecturer!
Sir, my point is simple, in any teacher/student connection the student by history and the law, is the vulnerable partner.

This entire issue, however , is poisoned by societal challenges in a country like Nigeria where the powerful prey on the weak due to an ingrained spirit of bribery, mistrust, exploitation, poor policing, and weak legal penalties, as a consequence, leaving institutions like the universities closed-in, trapped in, stuck in the middle and helpless.

The Peter Otubu and Judith Okosun sexual saga is a latent, or even a direct symptom of limited funds, lack of ethical teachers, deficient classrooms, and poor learning resources as these factors add up to adversely affect the institutional health and educational environment of higher institutions in a very challenging nation like Nigeria.

Many universities lack the resources to focus on professional development and training of lecturers, as this is the main way to strengthen an educational community like yours.

Sir, as an academic yourself, you will agree that to adequately modify expectations and attitudes of both students and instructors as it relates to the current case especially, constant training and brush-up are required to steadily enhance faculty/staff quality. It is important that all instructors become certified through mandated completion of trainings in the areas of sexual harassment prevention, and student education privacy.

Sir you will agree that the almost lifeless infrastructures that currently exist in schools like yours have certainly contributed the chronicity of stressors like the Otubu and Okosun mischief.

To enhance institutional effectiveness, especially for the students, efficient water flow, stable electrical power and video monitors are needed to ensure safety and security for all.

To the disadvantage of the university community, the institutional environment lacks functional basic medical and mental health care services that are required to help provide stress counseling and physical examinations. Also, lacking are recreational facilities within the universities and students’ activity centers that meet
international standards. As such, some students and even some instructors find themselves responding to various stressors by turning to prostitution, kidnapping and cultism as coping methods.

Sir, I humbly as that the school authorities provide Judith Okosun a rehabilitation plan that meets her counseling needs as it relates to her problems thereby helping to address her character weakness, and not just the punishment aspects of this case.

Sir, using your discretion, she should be asked to immediately write a letter of apology to the entire school, a hand written 2000 words while in therapy and the reported suspension of six semesters should be reduced to two semesters.

Thank you or “Obulu” for all you are doing in the area of academic

~ John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., DABPS; FACFE; is a Licensed
Clinical/Forensic Psychologist; Diplomate of American Board of
Psychological Specialties; Fellow of American College of Forensic
Examiners (For Psy); Former Interim Associate Dean and an Assistant
Professor of Psychology, Broward College - North Campus, Florida.