11 April 2016
Speaking at the Youth Enterprise Conference 2016, Tiwa Savage, a Nigerian singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer and actress revealed how she overcame sexual harassment in the music industry.
She said: “Ladies face a lot in the industry. These men cannot but ask for sex from us. A lot of times they said that they wanted to help me but actually they wanted me to do ‘something’ with them.
“Luckily I had a crazy boyfriend who ended up being my husband. He just shot them down. If you are really talented and good at what you do and you have God behind you, don’t give in to that kind of temptation.
“I guarantee you that your talent will make a way for you. The same people will be the ones calling and you will even get more than you ever imagined if you don’t give in.”
This confession has revealed that there are men in the Nigerian music industry and entertainment industry at large who ask for sex from female artistes before giving them any form of assistance.
It is unlawful to sexually harass a person. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Both victim and the harasser can either be a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Unwelcome acts, like a boss putting his hand on a female employee’s shoulder and sexually-suggestive displays at workplaces come under the umbrella of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault are a huge problem, both in and out of the entertainment industry, and for both men and women.
Entertainment industries around the world are usually typified by sexual harassment issues. In fact, polls conducted found out that entertainment industries face the most sexual harassment. The fashion, TV and music sections are all included in this ordeal.
An example of a popular sexual harassment law suit in the entertainment industry is the one brought by Taylor Swift when on November 4, 2015; a radio host allegedly groped her.
It is important for women who have been sexually harassed to speak out just as she did.
Sexual harassment awareness is growing all around the world. Women are speaking out every day about their experiences and what women should do, should they find themselves in such position.
Kudos to Tiwa Savage for using her position of power to add her voice to the conversation.