An independent special investigation committee has ruled that it could not establish a case of sexual harassment against Tizeti Chief Executive Officer, Kendall Ananyi.
On June 2, 2020, Ghana-based tech entrepreneur/consultant, Kelechi Udoagwu, accused Ananyi of sexually harassing her while she was a full-time communications director at MEST (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology).
“When I was in MEST, this dude (Ananyi) pulled out and put his d** in my hands in the bright afternoon, begging me for anything I could do *sigh," she had shared on Twitter.
Her tweet sparked social media outrage and conversations on workplace sexual harassment.
Ananyi immediately denied the allegation.
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, Tizeti announced that it has suspended Ananyi, while an independent investigation continues apace.
In a statement issued today (Tuesday, July 7, 2020), the company said “during the pendency of the investigation, the CEO stepped down and was walled off from communications with the Independent Special Investigation Committee and any matters related to the investigation.
“In connection with the investigation, on June 7, 2020, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, Tizeti’s COO and Patricia Aiyedun, its CFO, were appointed as co-CEOs pending the results of the investigation.
"The law firm of Olumide Sofowora Chambers, led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria Olumide Sofowora, SAN, C.Arb., was then selected by the Special Investigation Committee as independent legal counsel to conduct the investigation.
"Olumide Sofowora examined the allegations, researched what actions would constitute sexual harassment, gathered relevant information from a number of sources in both Nigeria and Ghana and conducted a number of interviews, including separately interviewing both the accuser and Mr. Ananyi.
“Based on this investigation, it was determined by the independent legal counsel, which conclusion was accepted by the Independent Special Investigation Committee, that a case of sexual harassment had not been established.
“As a result, Mr. Ananyi has been reinstated as CEO of Tizeti Inc., with Mr. Okonkwo and Ms. Aiyedun returning to their COO and CFO roles, respectively.
“That said, Tizeti wants to ensure that it has best in class policies and procedures going forward. As a result, Tizeti will be updating its code of conduct and putting in place a sexual harassment policy that is in line with best practices and encourages the reporting of any potential incidents.
"The company will also conduct training programs covering sexual harassment in the workplace for all executives, employees and staff.
“Tizeti remains fully committed to high ethical standards, gender equality, providing a workplace that is free from sexual harassment and ensuring that its diverse team feels comfortable and safe at all times.”