Ghanaian on a PhD scholarship at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland, studying Biological Science. Mr. Derick Boadi Sakyi’s scholarship has been revoked due to homophobic remarks he made about LGBTQI+ people.
His scholarship was revoked when a Twitter user made an official complaint against him.
Mr. Boadi Sakyi used his Twitter account to advocate for violence against LGBTQI+ people in Ghana.
Papa Kojo Ampofo, a Ghanaian social media user, filed the petition against him after he backed a recent attack on a suspected gay man in Accra.
A young man was recently stabbed numerous times in Sowutuom after being enticed and set up by a bunch of young men.
His story was first shared on Twitter, and Mr. Baodi Sakyi, in response to the video, stated that the young man was stabbed to straighten him up.
In light of this, Papa Kojo Ampofo petitioned the school and cited his previous comments on LGBTQI+ people.
Following receipt of the petition, the school investigated the situation and has since suspended Mr. Boadi Sakyi’s scholarship.
When the school first received the original petition, it stated that it is proud to promote the LGBTQ+ community and is committed to addressing all sorts of discrimination.
It went on to say that the University has strict protocols in place to handle any complaints about alleged student misbehaviour.
The school explained that its Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship and Funding has zero tolerance for behaviours that put at risk the lives of any minority group, whether in the US or any other part of the world.
It said the goal of our Fellowship and Funding is to provide access for minority groups, including the LGBTQIA+ community, Applicants from the Global South, first-generation students, and people with disabilities.
Our decision to extend our Fellowship and Funding to Mr. Derrick Boadi Sakyi to fund his PhD in Biological Science went through a stringent selection and interview process.
“His Fellowship and Funding were given on the basis that he remains a good representative of our school and advocate for an Inclusive and Diverse school and work environment.
I raised your complaints with our Board and after a rather long meeting with Mr. Boadi, the Board has agreed to suspend his Fellowship and Funding until after the investigation, which is now in the hands of our University.”
Meanwhile, the school has also revealed that Mr. Boadi admitted to the issues raised against him and has since deleted all his accounts used in tweeting the homophobic messages on social media.