Nigerian technology firm Tizeti has announced that its chief executive officer Kendall Ananyi will step down from his role as the company’s chief following sexual allegations levelled against him by a former mentee Kelechi Udoagwu.
The company said that the board had asked Kendall Ananyi to step down from his role as CEO, effective immediately, while an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegation is conducted. Kendall Ananyi has agreed to remain fully compliant until the independent investigation concludes.
“We want to affirm that we take allegation of harassment, discrimination or misconduct of any kind, very seriously.
“Patricia Aiyedun, current Tizeti Chief Financial Officer and Ifeanyi Okonkwo, current Tizeti Chief Operating Officer will assume the position of interim co-CEOs effective immediately.
“Before joining Tizeti, Patricia was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 13 years of professional accounting and financial management experience.
“Ifeanyi Okonkwo has over 14 years experience in the telecommunications industry and is co-founder and current COO of Tizeti. Before co-founding Tizeti, Ifeanyi worked with various telecom companies including Blackberry and Eircom.
“We are thrilled to support Patricia and Ifeanyi as they assume their new role within the company.
“Tizeti continues to be fully committed to high ethical standards, gender equality and making sure our diverse team feels safe, valued and comfortable at all times.”
Tizeti is a technology firm that provides high speed broadband internet to residences and firms in Nigeria and also deploys public Wi-fi Hotspots to locations across Africa.
On June 2, 2020, Kelechi Udoagwu, in a viral Tweet, accused Kendall Ananyi of sexually harassing and molesting her during her time at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST).