Writer Lola Shoneyin narrates how a Deputy VC who is her father’s friend sexually assaulted her

Popular Nigerian writer and poet said she was sexually assaulted by a Deputy Vice-Chancellor who happens to be her father’s friend. This revelation surfaces after the release of BBC African Eye #SexforGrade video by Kiki Mordi (Reporter)

According to Lola, the randy old man grabbed her breasts and she froze. When she told her dad, she said he was furious and confronted him.

Shoneyin wrote: “A DVC (also my dad’s friend) lunged at my breasts in his office. I froze from shock before flinging off his hand. For months, I felt terrible shame. Played the scene over in my mind to see what I could’ve done to invite such a violation. Nothing. I told my dad and he was furious!”

Lola Shoneyin is a Nigerian poet and author who launched her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, in the UK in May 2010. She has forged a reputation as an adventurous, humorous and outspoken poet, having published three volumes of poetry. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was long-listed for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.

The novel won the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award. After teaching both in Nigeria and abroad for decades, Shoneyin now lives in Lagos, Nigeria and organises the Ake Arts and Book Festival.

The festival brings together different genres of artists every year.

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