Ebizi Eradiri, the first female first-class law graduate from Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, reported that some randy lecturers almost scuttled her first-class ambition.
On Wednesday, during a homecoming reception, Eradiri, who repeated the same first-class feat at the Nigerian Law School, spoke at ‘#Schoolnobescam’ organized in her honor by the Sele Eradiri Foundation in collaboration with other non-governmental organizations in Yenagoa.
In the company of her father, Governor Douye Diri formally received the first-class law graduate on Monday and announced the award of an automatic scholarship for her master’s and doctoral degrees at any university in Nigeria or abroad.
Diri also offered her automatic employment to lecture at the state-owned NDU law faculty and also proclaimed her as the Bayelsa Girl Child’s New Face in order to make her a role model for young girls to imitate in the state and the entire Ijaw community.
Eradiri, who comes from the Local Government Area of Yenagoa, said prayers, hard work and commitment to her studies helped her resolve the annoyance of some lecturers with sex-for-marks.
She said, “I was very conscious of my dressing, which enabled me to get the best dressed female student in the Faculty of Law, in the year l was graduating. I made sure I didn’t wear skimpy things that would expose sensitive parts of my body.
“I felt that was the starting point for me not to even attract the wrong lecturers to myself. I would say it was prayer because there was a time when we had a borrowed course and a particular lecturer was trying to do something funny.
“When I sensed it from that particular lecturer in the first semester, l called home and told them what was going on and we all prayed.
“At some point, l had to escalate the issue to my HoD and told her what the lecturer was doing; she called and warned him. These are some of the challenges the girl child is likely to face, but through prayers and escalating them to the appropriate quarters, l think they can scale through.”
Eradiri said that during her university days, the lowest grade she had was a ‘C’ that was offered to her by a professor who insisted on having sex with her.
She vowed to deploy her appointment as the Bayelsa Girl Child’s New Face as a forum for propagating reading culture among the state’s youth.