In the first draft, I hinted how that I would be raising some thoughtful questions.
Now, let’s get started already.
Moremi, certainly was naive. No doubt about that. However, she had the means to fight for her justice, even when nobody believed her, not precluding her boyfriend.
How do I mean by “she had the means”? Apparently, Moremi or whoever was sponsoring her education was well-to-do. Of course, she portrayed the character of an upper middle-class. Hence, she could afford to travel on such short notice to Senegal, to and fro, all expense paid by her, just to search for the man that would solve her problems.
Now, the question is, what if she didn’t have the means to travel, would she still have been vindicated? Would justice not be denied?
It appears to me that, what won her case was Mr Cardoso’s statement, who recounted all of professor N’Diyare’s sexual escapades with his female students.
What if Cardoso couldn’t be reached. Would justice still have been served?
This is a question that boggles my mind.
Now to the Ajike foundation, – a case study for other NGOs.
As touching this, I need to know why some NGOs in the guise of helping the professed victim, would radically spread the story, just to pull some clout to their organization.
In the end, they might not ultimately want justice for the victim, they might just need the popularity and media coverage. Inadvertently, they might be using the victim for their own selfish ends.
Now, The Ajike girl-child foundation provided Moremi a lawyer(Joke Silva), who actually showed her some support. But at some point, the poor girl doubted their intentions. Their overtly proclaimed help of the victim, all over the media, made the girl quite popularly unpopular in the school. It certainly took her some degree of courage, to bear with the eyes of passersby boring deep holes of bile into her.
The question is, can’t these NGOs go about some of their works in decent secrecy, at least to protect the already soiled image of the victims?
I think the victim has the right to question the intentions of whatever NGO showing any kind of support. Some are just in the game for clout-chasing.
Now, at some cost, Moremi indeed got her justice, even though her friend, Gloria, testified against her. She was jealous of the attention professor N’Diyare bestowed on the young and intelligent Moremi. I would like to know, if there is a way, a lecturer can show preference to a member of his class, without really ‘showing it’?
Hmmm.. No, I doubt that.
Anyways, moving on. Little did Gloria know that the professor was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Many thanks to the director, who showed us glimpses of the lecturer’s cunningness, – from the get go.
How he lied that he couldn’t ride a car with a manual gear. Meanwhile, all his days in the university, he had ridden a manually-geared car. In fact, his old lecturer in the University at Dakar, pointed the car to the visiting students of OAU. On her return journey, Moremi found out about his lie.
It would seem that, professor N’Diyare had certainly mastered the art of keeping up false appearances.
Lying, thus had become his stock-in-trade.
However, it later dawned on him, that he had tampered with the wrong student. In Moremi, he found his match. Witty, intelligent, ebullient, and resilient. One who couldn’t be silenced with blackmails, or even forced to commit suicide like most of N’Diyare’s victims.
Moremi outsmarted her lecturer’s cunningness, but she had the means.
Notwithstanding, she is an example for many victims with sex-for-grades complexities. A good example at that, if i may boldly say.
Which brings me to the basis of my advice for them. I need to say this that, It doesn’t matter how long the matter stays; regardless of the manipulations involved in making you look like the guilty one, I tell you, you are not!
Yes, justice might be delayed, but it would eventually prevail.
You just have to look on the brighter side, and move on.
In the end, justice still might be served.
In conclusion, Citation, as a movie portrayed to the world, the psychological complexities experienced by victims of sex-for-grades, and how they fight very hard to be vindicated.
Moremi spoke out. The movie says, you too can!
And you know what, just like Moremi, you can be heard too.