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General News of Wednesday, 26 February 2020


Investigative journalist who exposed 'sex for grades' scandal receives prestigious award

Kiki Modi was behind BBC's Sex for Grades documentary Kiki Modi was behind BBC's Sex for Grades documentary

Kiki Modi, the BBC journalist behind the Sex for Grades documentary that uncovered sexual abuse in West African universities which has led to the suspension of two University of Ghana lecturers has been awarded the inaugural People Journalism Prize for Africa 2019.

According to organisers of the Prize, Gatefield, a sub-Saharan Africa public strategy firm, Kiki Modi was awarded for her ” investigation into the horrid web of sexual harassment on university campuses in West Africa. This resulted in widespread disciplinary actions and policy reforms across the institutions that were exposed by her thorough reporting of the events.”

Kiki Modi received the award as a co-recipient with another investigative journalist.

PJPA is a newly instituted public service journalism initiative with a mission to recognise and reward journalists and citizen reporters within Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa, whose work have resulted in meaningful positive impact on the society. The winners publicly received their prize in Abuja during a World Day of Social Justice event themed: Freedom’s Worth Defending (FWD:), hosted by Gatefield on February 20, 2020.

About Kiki Modi

“Kiki Mordi is an investigative reporter and a multiple award winning broadcaster with over six years of experience in broadcast media.

Kiki has worked in various capacities as a presenter, writer, voice-over artist, filmmaker, reporter and an advocate for gender equality. She is the founder of the #DocumentWomen movement that aims at tackling the erasure of women and women’s stories and produced a documentary entitled “Life at the Bay” that documented the lives of women living in the remote island, Tarkwa Bay. The film has since been selected for the Real Time International Film Festival, Lift Off Global Network and Africa International Film Festival. And counting.

In her most recent explosive work with BBC Africa eye, she uncovered sexual harassment in West African Schools in the investigative film titled “Sex For Grades”.

Her Network named her Woman of the Year 2019 while she also bagged a double nomination for Future Awards prize for journalism and Young Person of the Year,” Gatefield wrote.