October 4, 2023

Kiki Mordi, a Nigerian journalist, has been nominated for the 2020 Emmy Awards over her sex-for-grades investigation which uncovered assault in Africa’s university system.

The annual award event often honours and recognises excellence across the various sectors of the television industry in the world.

In 2019, Mordi and her BBC Africa Eye team released a 13-minute documentary that exposed sexual harassment meted out to students at the University of Lagos and University of Ghana by lecturers.

On Tuesday, she took to her Twitter page to announce that she has been nominated for an Emmy, shortly after the organisers of the award ceremony revealed the nominees for its 2020 News & Current Affairs category.

“Here’s me, despite being an emotional mess, announcing that BBC Africa Eye‘s #SexForGrades is nominated in the ‘Current Affairs’ category for this year’s International Emmys,” Mordi tweeted.

“Every single soul that made this project come alive deserves this honor! Thanks to the BBC Pidgin team, world service, Africa team, Africa Eye Team, and to every person that breathed life into this.”

Mordi’s nomination at the Emmys comes after she had won the People’s Journalism Prize for Africa and also months after she had been nominated for The Future Awards Africa.

“We’re grateful for news organizations…who, before the pandemic, were boldly exploring issues in their societies,” said Bruce Paisner, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences CEO.

“We salute the outstanding work and great courage of our nominees for reporting on difficult and sensitive matters, despite the many challenges and obstacles continuously thrown at them.”

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