A few day ago, Facebook user, Funke Dezaern called out her former lecturer, Dr. Francis Andy Fakoya who allegedly sexually harassed her and other female students while she was at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
The university where Dr. Fakoya now works at St. George’s University in Grenada has released a statement via its Facebook page, promising to look into the issue and take appropriate action.
“St. George’s University (SGU) has been made aware of allegations against a member of its faculty, while previously employed by a university in Nigeria. At SGU, we take all allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously.
In light of these allegations, a thorough investigation into this matter has been initiated and appropriate action will be taken.”
Funke also posted a response on Facebook in acknowledgment of the University’s response:
“Thank you all for the support. I appreciate every comment, for and against (sincerely), every share, like and social media broadcast of my post. I appreciate every call, text message and friend request. You gave not only me, but other victims hope when we needed one the most. You all helped to ensure the information got to the right authorities. St.George’s University has initiated a thorough investigation into the matter (as shown below). That was the initial aim of the post and it has been achieved. Thank you! Hence, I will be making the original post more private, so we can focus on the next step of tackling this obvious problem in our community.
I realized that my speaking up at this crucial moment in our community, I have paved way and encouraged other victims to find the courage to speak up and share their stories. It is obvious that this pattern of behavior is common in Nigeria and students have remained silent for many years for fear of retribution. We say, TIME IS UP on silence!
We cannot afford to stop talking about sexual harassment, discrimination and victimization that has engulfed our community, be it Nigeria or anywhere else. It is disheartening to read all other stories of victims on Facebook and other forums. I am hoping that something positive will come out this experience. No female child, girl, daughter, lady, woman or male should go through any form of sexual harassment and intimidation to the point that it affects their success, dreams, ambitions and future. Let’s join hands together to make the world a better place for our children and next generation. This world is all we’ve got. Thank you and God bless.