Yesterday, the 9th of April, an audio conversation between a professor of Management and Accounting, at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Richard Akindele and a female student, where he demanded sex for grades, was released. It has been trending since then.

There has been no response from the accused and it will be wrong to pass judgement based on the testimony of one person. Okay, I am no Judge but we know that where there is a Plaintiff there must be a Defendant.

However, I can state here, that Sexual Assault in Nigerian Universities is as old as my great grandmother’s cooking pot ! it is not a new thing and yours truly was a victim in many instances. I will tell the story of one incident.

I was a final year student of pharmacy, and as expected, found out that I needed more than 24 hours in a day! Studying at this stage also involved finding the right place at a particular time. I mean, if I could climb trees, I probably would have tried climbing on one of the tall trees around the faculty.

It was a Saturday morning, the Sun had not yet brought out its fangs, so I decided to read under the trees, in a somewhat quiet faculty, the Faculty of Education. I mean, it’s no News that except the students there had lectures they were not going to be hanging around the classes on a Saturday morning!

I got a desk and chair and sat under a very large tree. The breeze encouraged the branches to sway and i could have been in a fully air-conditioned office.

As i commenced studying, I noticed this man walking up and down the hallway and then kinda chuckling when he passed.  he must have done this waltz  10 times .  I took time off my acada to survey the dude. I could see tribal marks on his face ( similar to my Grand dad’s). Okay nah, my peepu -my peepu !LOL!

My people are very superstitious and fearful of stuff that has ‘spirishua” connotations. So I knew this man was going to come to me eventually (girls know these things !), so I prepared my self, picked my words and put on my “acting being “..(please don’t even ask me what that is, LOL).

True to my assumptions, the dude came down the hallway, walked towards me, pulled a chair and sat facing my table. As he sat, baba, (obviously a lecturer), shut my book, just so that he could open the first page for my name ( imagine that ! what if I had borrowed the book??). He said” ah, Yoruba ni e, mo fe fe e you know?” ( ah, you are Yoruba, I want to befriend you, you know?) .. I didn’t look up as he spoke. I felt some degree of rage, how can he shut my book with a hand that shows his wedding band and be telling me about befriending me? person wey no sabi me?

I looked up slowly ( azin ayamatanga style) and said: ” Excuse me sah, Ebo ni mi o” ( excuse me, sir, I am a sacrifice o).

The Baba pushed back his chair and said: “ah, deacon ni mi, ni Baptist” ( i am a deacon in the Baptist Church). For the life of me, I don’t know why he felt he had to make that confession to me ..hehe.. he opened back my book, got up and walked away. It was difficult, I wanted to laugh and even roll on the floor sef, but I couldn’t, I had to keep my “acting being ” on so that I could study, even if for an hour.

when I got back to the hostel, I described him to some girls in that Faculty. They told me Prof was their Dean, well…. I never saw Prof again.

5 secrets you didn’t know about a successful student

The concept of testing in schools has generated arguments similar to the famous Nature/Nurture debate. Some Schools of thought are quite critical of this concept based on the inability to prove that examinations are true tests of knowledge.

Capitalism only helps to fan this flame. The students are likened to products, where the examinations imply that they have reached the finishing lines and should be “sorted” according to grades. They are then moved up the “knowledge economy” ladder, according to their “quality” or “Grade”, from Ivy League Colleges to least sorted after ones

There is no doubt that Human Capitalism is the reason for this somewhat harsh method of “sorting out ‘ the students. I do know some students that have read very hard but have been unable to gain admission to their schools of choice due to their performance in one examination; this is one of the reasons that  I am an advocate of grades consistency.

But harsh as it may sound, how else will the system know those who have “retained knowledge” and should be promoted?  Should promotion be based on one examination? This is where the problem lies.

The main aim of Education is the acquisition of knowledge, and the role of examinations is to determine if this event actually took place. The consequence of the human capital theory has encouraged various vices all in the bid to achieve excellent grades, but to what end? if a student scores 8 distinctions and gets admitted into the university, will he be able to defend his grades? An A1 in the English Language, for example, will mean excellence in the acquisition and delivery of the English language skills.  So when a student with such a grade cannot write a simple essay in the university ….hmm..yawa go dey!

A successful student is not one that just scores high grades in one examination. He is a student who is able to apply the acquired knowledge and “make his world a better place”. He is able to achieve good grades and defend them at any point in time.

here are five secrets that a successful student does not want you to know.

  1.  A successful student has one goal, to achieve an understanding of the topics taught. A successful student does not see an ” A1″ as an end but rather as a means to an end. If all you desire is “A1” then you may not be a successful student.
  2.  A successful student studies every day, and twice on Sunday. Trust me, they do this! think about your classmates, the ones with consistently excellent grades, they study after school.
  3. A successful student does not skip classes. I remember our days in secondary school, there were certain subjects that we considered irrelevant and therefore will not attend lessons. As expected, achieving average grades in them was a struggle.
  4. A successful student is not passive in class. He asks questions. If you don’t understand ask, if you need more clarification, ask. If you are not clear with the explanation ask your classmates that understand.
  5. The last secret of a successful student is that they have a “study group”; a group of like-minded students, that they can study with.Do not study alone all the time, if possible have a group or at least another student that you can discuss topics from various subjects with.

If you appropriate these secrets you will gradually become a successful student.