Sex-for-mark: Ghanian Lecturer Says BBC Africa Video Edited, May File Case Today


Lagos – The University of Ghana political science lecturer, Professor Yaw Gyampo reported by BBC Africa of alleged sexual harassment has cried foul of plans to tarnish his image.

Prof. Gyampo was captured by BBC Africa in a 13-minutes video clip allegedly harassing a female that claimed to be a student.

The lecturer, who said he was pushed by his students to clear his name of an alleged misdemeanor, says he is heading to court today Tuesday to take out an action against the media organisation for tarnishing his image through the documentary aired on Monday.

Describing the documentary as an entrapment, he said he never sexually harassed anybody, claiming that the heavily doctored video never implicated nor established any case against him.

He said: “I have been counseled to be silent on a matter of entrapment masterminded by a certain unscrupulous people, with the aid of BBC (African Eye) against me. I have a lot to say about this matter. But I am suing the BBC for defamation tomorrow, so I will keep some of the facts to myself for now.

“Let me state, however, that I have not involved myself in the BBC’s so-called sex for grades and will never do so. Their own video documentary evidence could not establish this. I am aware of my University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and I have always adhered to its dogmas.

“The lady involved in my informal conversation was not my student and she wasn’t also a student from the University of Ghana where I teach. I, therefore, cannot decipher how I could manipulate the grade of a non-student.

“The BBC ignored all her contributions to our conversation. They ignored all her messages she sent to me. They ignored my objections and letters written to refute their allegations. They also edited the video to suit their purpose.

“While I prepare to sue the BBC for carrying out the most bogus and unprofessional piece of documentary in the world so far, I wish to remind them that Ghana and for that matter, Africa, has long thrown out the yoke of colonialism.

Gyampo added: “I have not engaged in any so-called sex for grades and I will stay true to my calling in doing my best for God, students and country”.


However, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, the University of Lagos lecturer who was also indicted in the report has been suspended by the university management.