In their publication of their BBC Africa Eye documentary Sex For Grades, the BBC team reported that the problem of sexually abusing student in exchange for grades has been endemic in Nigeria for decades.
Oh, boy, are they are right! As proved by the song, Mr Lecturer by Eedris Abdulkareem, which released way back in 2002.
In the song, Eedris Abdulkareem sings about lecturers soliciting sex in exchange for passing their female students. At the time, no doubt, many people thought the song was just entertainment. But as we can now see, the song was actually inspired by sexual harassment many female students go through. Hindsight is indeed 20/20 as the saying goes.
Eedris Abdulkareem released Mr Lecturer in 2002 under Kennis Music, and the song proved an immediate hit. In the video, Abdulkareem implored the fictional character of Bimbo Owoyemi as the female victim in the video. As can be seen from the BBC’s Sex For Grade documentary the message in the Mr Lecturer song is still very relevant. No doubt because it’s difficult to prove sexual abuse allegations.
Meanwhile, Nigerians are reacting to the BBC documentary as they recall Eedris Abdulkareem song, Mr Lecturer. Some are even calling for a remix of the song, in the light of the documentary.
Check out a sample of what they’re tweeting:
The only thing that documentary is lacking is Eedris Abdulkareem’s “Mr Lecturer” as background music…cos we been knew about this from way back.
— Okala Mmuo (@ThatTemple) October 7, 2019
Who REMEMBER WHEN EEDRIS ABDULKAREEM, SANG MR. LECTURER 16 YEARS AGO? WHERE WAS YOUR OUTRAGE? Y’ALL THOUGHT IT WAS JUS A MUSIC.#sexforgrades
— Home Grown (@Home__Grown7) October 7, 2019
Y’all remember Eedris AbdulKareem did a music video on sexual harassment, we need that kind of PR again!!
— Dave (@DaROYALemperor) October 7, 2019
Watching BBC #SexForGrades documentary and I remembered Eedris Abdulkareem “Mr Lecturer”. He rapped about male lecturers exploiting female students by requesting sex and money in exchange for marks as far back as 2002. Sexual harassment is a norm in Nigeria universities.
— Ugonnia (@AustinYugo) October 7, 2019
Eedris Abdulkareem put the #SexForGrade issue under the spotlight in Mr. Lecturer some 17 years ago
The same issue has become a virus in our institutions today
— The BabaTee ?? PR (@TheBabaTee) October 7, 2019
When Eedris Abdulkareem was telling Bimbo Owoyemi’s story on AIT that year nobody paid attention. Now its in BBC… #sexforgrades
— Ugly Petty (@ugleepetty) October 7, 2019
Excuse me sir I don’t know what to do???
Close the door (heyy hey)
Switch off the light (Ayii)
Let me kiss you for one minute (janmo)#MrLecturerRemix Eedris Abdulkareem ft @Zlatan_Ibile ????#SexForGrades
— Purphee (@OlaoluwaPuffy) October 7, 2019
Singing ? “I go tell your mother , you no wan gimme kpomo I be Mr lecturer I go fail your papers “ – Eedris Abdulkareem
— ?XABARA? (@luxeomon) October 7, 2019
Dr. Boniface just brought Eedris Abdulkareem back to mind.
My humble advice for Eedris Abdulkareem, go and feature Zlantan and Naira Marley.
Perfect timing for Mr. Lecturer Remix?
Wisdom will not strangle me!!!#SexForGrades
— Mr. Ice (@emariah007) October 7, 2019
Eedris Abdulkareem seeing his name trend on twitter today pic.twitter.com/84KaUMSJyG
— BAYOung (@mr_adebayo5) October 7, 2019