Influenced by #metoo, Nigerian women report abuse and face backlash

Nigerian photographer Busola Dakolo, who says she was raped by her former pastor, is being investigated

Nigerian photographer Busola Dakolo, who says she was raped by her former pastor, is being investigated in a criminal conspiracy case.

  |  KC Nwakalor/NYT

Women report offenses against their reputation and accusations that they lied about sexual assault experiences.

The secret burned so deep inside she could no longer keep it. So at the age of 34, Busola Dakolo, a well-known Nigerian photographer, went on TV and finally spoke out. She said she was raped twice as a teenager by her former pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, a religious leader whose cults bring together thousands of fans - who, admiring his flashy lifestyle, have dubbed him "the Gucci Pastor." He denied the charges.

Silence about rape and sexual harassment has always been the norm in West Africa, but the region is now by #MeToo anti-harassment protests. The first accusations were made by Miss Gambia, who said the country's former president raped her; by a former presidential aide from Sierra Leone who said she was sexually assaulted by a religious leader; and by a Nigerian BBC journalist who obtained hidden camera footage of college professors demanding sex in exchange for admissions and grades.

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