The woes of Professor Ransford Gyampo is taking a nosedive as some of his former students are beginning to emerge out of the woodwork to accuse him of sexual harassment.
On Monday, October 7, 2019 feminist activist and a key member of the Pepper Dem Movement, Dela Goldeart started a series of posts on her Facebook narrating how she had endured sexual harassment from Prof. Gyampo as a fresh university student at the University of Ghana Legon.
She explained that in one instance, the Economics Professor who was disgraced in a BBC undercover documentary released a few days ago-“Sex For Grades”, had tried to use Okro Soup to lure her into bed.
She said the randy professor had commended her “figure” the very first time he spoke to her as a fresh student after a lecture. Afterwards, he invited her to his office but she did not take the request seriously. But upon his insistence, she honoured the invitation.
“In his office, Prof. Gymapo asked if I knew how to prepare okro soup (I am Ewe. Okro soup is my people’s staple dish). I said yes, I knew how to prepare okro soup. Prof. Gyampo asked if I could come to his house to prepare okro soup for him. I said no, I couldn’t. He asked why, I said nothing. By this time, I had learned from Prof. Gyampo’s choice of words, tone and facial expressions that okro soup in his house meant something else, not food. I was young, but I was not totally naïve or stupid. I had met many men like Prof. Gyampo before starting school in Legon. If the men before him could not get their way with me, he wasn’t going to either,” Ms Goldheart narrated.
Professor Gyampo has been very vocal on several media platforms since the broadcast of the BBC Africa Eye undercover documentary. He insists the allegation against him was fabricated and that he was going to sue the BBC.
However, the BBC had written to him on September 24, 2019 informing him about the documentary to expose sexual harassment of students by lecturers and that he had been accused by several students of sexually harassing them.
“Programme contributors also alleged that you sexually harassed female students on university premises between 2015 and 2019. It is claimed you attempted to intimately touch one of these female students in your office,”Andy Bell, the BBC’s Executive Producer wrote to Professor Gyampo in what has become one of the biggest trending sexual harassment scandal in Ghana.
Professor Gyampo, who is also the Head of European Studies at the university was captured in an Africa-wide undercover BBC report to expose the notorious ring of university lecturers who harass or solicit female students for sex in return for high academic scores.
According to the BBC report, Professor Gyampo lured a BBC reporter posing as female student seeking academic favours, to an unnamed shopping mall Casanova-style, and sweet-talk the lady, including promising to marry her.
In excerpts of the video released on BBC Somalia’s Facebook page, Professor Gyampo persuaded the reporter to meet him at the mall where he was caught on camera making “numerous [alleged] inappropriate demands.”
In the report, he also allegedly requested to kiss the reporter while quizzing her if she has ever been “violently kissed before”.
BBC Africa Eye sent their team of undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana, where the disturbing trend of sex-for-grades were exposed.