Nigerian journalist, Kiki Mordi gets first Emmy nomination
Media personality, filmmaker, and writer, Nkiru Mordi, popularly known as Kiki Mordi has earned an Emmy nomination for her Sex for Grade documentary.
The 29-year-old made the announcement in a Twitter message when she wrote: “Here’s me, despite being an emotional mess, announcing that
#BBCAfricaEye’s #SexForGrades is nominated in the “Current Affairs” category for this year’s International Emmys.
Every single soul that made this project come alive deserves this honor!”
Kiki exposed the rot in West African universities when she went undercover to a number of tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Ghana.
The BBC Africa Eye documentary captured lecturers demanding sex for grades. A particular lecturer in UNILAG propositioned Kiki, who he thought was a prospective student, for sex so as to help her gain admission into the institution.
The documentary started a conversation about the prevalent issue of sex for grades in Nigerian universities and prompted a former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, and a former Senate President of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki to call on the Nigerian Government to take immediate action against sexual harassment in Nigerian Universities.
Also, the Nigerian Senate re-introduced the anti-sexual harassment bill on October 9, 2019, in response to the documentary.
Kiki has received recognition for her work within and outside Nigeria.
Nkiru Mordi was born on August 12, 1991, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, to Mr. and Mrs. Mordi. She had her primary and secondary education in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Her father died just before she got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to study medicine.
She eventually dropped out of school because of sexual harassment from a certain lecturer. This ordeal was what led her to shoot the Sex for Grades Video, which exposed the depth of the harassment culture amongst Nigerian and Ghanaian lecturers.
Kiki Mordi started her career as a radio presenter at KU Television and Radio, Benin City, in 2015. In August 2017, she became Head of Presenting at Women Radio (91.7FM), Lagos.