After the BBC so-called ‘investigations’ on SEX FOR GRADES which aired on Facebook live, TV3 and other media platforms on Monday, two Ghanaian lecturers Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, Professor Ransford Gyampoh and a Nigerian lecturer Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu have found themselves in ‘hot waters’.
Though Professor Gyampoh, in a Joy news reportage, has tried to redeem his image by denying all allegations put forward by the popular British media outlet. Professor Gyampoh has even gone further by threatening to sue the BBC for entrapping him thus downplaying his reputation. However, my utmost concern is not about these developments because In my opinion, I think the evidence in BBC’s piece is weak. On the other hand I do not support lecturers who take advantage of female students: a phenomenon which has been an underground characteristic in various universities in Africa and even beyond.
My concern however, is with how some media platforms are reporting on the issue. My main problem is with the bloggers. On Tuesday morning, I read a piece about the wife of Dr. Butakor which I find unfortunate and quite disturbing. Apart from revealing the Identity if his wife, the online platform goes ahead to juxtapose the physical features of the women to the alleged scandal her husband is reported by the BBC to have been involved. I do not wish to churn more details because i think it has not got nothing to do with the issue at hand. As someone who believes that marriage is sacred hence must be protected, I plead with online journalists in particular to avoid such unsavory write-ups concerning the spouses of these lecturers as it does no good but rather could ruin their marriages. Be objective enough, deal with the lecturers alone. Their wives and children for that matter are in their private circles. They should not openly suffer such humiliation. Journalists must Remember that these persons just like anyone else have families to look after. They should be protected, not to be teased or maligned. They were not present when those alleged breaches were being committed. I rest my case.
By Christiana Afua Nyarko