95% or Nigerian University girls are prostitutes

The following is a nice read:

This sex work o, I never see your kind o, this sex work o, blessed are the sex workers.’’ 
The bold lady leading the song above danced gaily with her colleagues
under the Falomo Bridge, Ikoyi, Lagos. At first, the spontaneous song
from her brightly coated lips sounded awkward, but soon gained momentum
with the spice of a live band. On Thursday, March 3, the mood was
relaxed and the weather was right when sex workers in Nigeria celebrated
the International Sex Workers Rights Day with fanfare. 

Sex Workers Day? Yes. Sex workers, popularly called prostitutes or asewo,
in 125 countries including seven African countries like Kenya,
Botswana, Uganda, South Africa have picked March 3 of every year as a
day to advocate for the legalisation of sex work. And if you think this
is laughable, the sex workers are of the opinion that Nigeria, which is
signatory to the International Declaration on Human Rights and other
protocols is bound to respect the rights of the sex workers and
decriminalise the trade.

So to the streets, they trooped, dancing and signing about their
rights.  The ladies, old and young, ‘packaged’ themselves in T-shirts
and fez caps with inscriptions stating the rights of sex workers.  The
ladies sure meant business. For the first time, sex workers in Nigeria
publicly teamed up with their international counterparts under the name,
Africa Sex Workers Alliance, ASWA.

 According to Margaret Onah, ASWA coordinator, the day is very
important to stop “the human rights violations against sex workers and
to build in its place an enabling human rights environment in which sex
workers enjoy the full scale of their rights. This include being
afforded equal protection of the law and opportunity to practice sex
work without fear of prejudice in their communities,’’ she said. 

Initially, the programme schedule was for a rally to terminate with a
press briefing at the United Nations Information Centre, UNIC, on
Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. But after a sweat-soaking walk around
Ikoyi, authorities at UNIC refused to have anything with the group.
Undaunted, the sex workers, accompanied by officials of some
non-governmental organisations, headed for the expansive culvert beneath
the Falomo bridge, ready to roll the tape. 

In the full glare of the public, the sex workers danced to their own
lewd songs unmindful of side glances and curious stares thrown at them. 

After the appetiser, Ijeoma Chinakwe, a project officer with BAOBAB
for Women’s Rights, a non-governmental organisation based in Lagos,
charged the ladies to “be proud of what you are doing. Do not let
anybody trample on your rights. Everybody passed through something before they became what they are today,” she told the approving crowd. 

Eva Inakwa, an official from the Skylife Youth Development
Initiative, is of the opinion that sex workers’ rights are human rights
and so they should not be stigmatised based on their profession. She
said, “We are human beings and we are women. We have rights just like
every other man. Being a woman does not make us inferior or being sex
workers does not make you animals,’’ she said. 

Speaking with the magazine, a middle-aged sex worker who prefers to
be known as Pat, agrees with Inakwa.  She is worried that many people
see sex workers as animals; she is optimistic that the situation would
change. “We have a right to go to the market. We have a right to enter
an office and if somebody asks you what you are doing, tell them that
you are a sex worker and the person will see that you are proud of what
you are doing.’’ An indigene of Rivers State, Pat does not see anything
wrong with her trade.   “You that wake up in the morning, bath, wear
your suit, go to the office, have the same rights that I have because
you work for money and sex workers work for money also. We are freedom
fighters, that is why we are here fighting for our rights,’’ she said. 

Onah is of the opinion that government should embrace and
rehabilitate sex workers because stigma fuels HIV spread. “It is very
important to accept them as human beings. Most of these sex workers are
HIV negative and we have young housewives infected with HIV. Do not
forget that most of the HIV data we have now is from antenatal clinics.
This shows us that they were infected by their husbands. We have to
embrace these people because they sleep with men who also have wives and
girlfriends and this is very risky,’’ she said. 

The first International Sex Workers Rights Day was held in 2001, when
sex workers from southern, western and eastern Africa came together to
spearhead the fight for sex workers rights in Africa. That year, more
than 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival organised by
the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya committee, a forum of 65,000 sex workers,
based in West Bengal, India. Mahila Samanwaya, which is derived from an
Indian language, means unstoppable. Their main objective is to fight for
recognition of sex work as ‘work’ and sex workers as ‘workers’.
source: http://www.tellng.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=102:%E2%80%98blessed-are-the-sex-workers%E2%80%99&Itemid=124

In Nigeria, we don’t like telling ourselves the truth, but I would rather these prostitutes come out, organize themselves and legitimize their trade (healthwise) – if possible, rather than living in the dark and spreading deadly diseases in the process of operating in the dark.

In fact, let them launch a website, have a customer-care line, have an emergency number, etc. Let them employ security guards, offer training to as many polluted interested minds as are out there. This opinion of mine is because I grew up in an environment where there was an awareness of such lifestyles. Though not promoted, it was tolerated, legitimized and regularized. Necessary checks and balances were put in place, so you can’t just wake up one day and decide to become a prostitute. You had to go register. You would do blood tests, health checks, etc. The awareness was there that prostitution is wrong, but prostitutes had an ID-card and took an HIV-test every 6-months. In fact, a customer demands for an ID card and could call a hotline to verify if it was real/fake before any get-together commenced. No, I never patronized them. I received my awareness infos through seminars I attended in school, the TV, newspapers, other media etc.

No pun intended. But I wonder: if the Nigerian government, if the Lagos state government (in this setting) cannot regularize the basic necessities of life, I wonder if they can regularize prostitutes and their trade.

The following are some related articles on this blog, observing prostitution in Lagos state:

I waited until I confirmed if the report I received was true that a neighbor of mine was a prostitute – this was 3-years ago. This lady was always at home(a 3BR flat), her ACs were always on(NEPA or no NEPA), she had a big Gen-Set, she had no husband, she drove the latest Audi, had no visible source of income work (after months of my observation); but anytime our paths crossed, her perfume was extra-strong, she was always in some spaghetti outfits.

The parking space was the bone of contention. Almost everyday, I would notice a car whose plate number I wasn’t familiar with parked at my space. Info from the mallams was always that the owner was in her house. No, it was always impossible to get the owner to come out, move out so I could move in and park, then he could come behind me. I became an undercover agent. These car-owners always left the house at 12-midnight or in the early hours of the morning.

The day of my confirmation: NEPA brought light so within about 20-minutes, I and the other neighbors had come out to switch off our Gens. I guess, the heat of lust and passion was so hot in this madam’s house, she didn’t know NEPA brought light, and even if she knew, whoever was pounding her didnt give her the 2-mins to dash outside and turn off her generator. I went to the back of the house and caught some action going on through the partly opened curtain. I caught sight of a man sitting on a chair watching the action(madam and another man) going on on the bed, and puffing on a cigarette stick. I felt like vomiting, I didn’t know her own case had gone that far.

Below (middle comment) is one of the comment left by visit on the above quoted article. Thats where I got the title for this post.

Ive heard several people talk very loosly about lady University students in Nigeria.

95% of Nigerian University girls are either partial prostitutes, executive prostitutes or glorified prostitutes” – which of the below is true regarding the above:

  • the statement is totally false
  • the statement is totally true,
  • the statement is true, but…

your comments and opinions on any of the above are welcome.

12 thoughts on “95% or Nigerian University girls are prostitutes

  1. 95% is an insult to female Nigerian students, that is basically saying, if you have 10 women simultaneously in a room, 9 of them is a prostitute.

    What about the stats for the ones who go to prostitutes, if service meets demand, then 9 out of 10 men visit prostitutes also??

  2. The statement above is true. Though the percentage may not be up to that but close to 60-70%. Their major customers are who-is-who in the country.

  3. To me, that ain’t a bad score. With the advent of technology/ money chasing times that we find ourselves in. These things become way too easy to actualize. You would be surprised that even the more wealthy gals in the University,s also prostitute. So its not a case of poverty alone but access to customers.

  4. All women are whores. Think about it, look at your own family stand back and consider the activities of your mother, sisters, aunts and cousins. Then you will realise that yes they are all prostitutes. Secrets remain secrets but that sister, cousin or aunt that just got married. Would you marry her knowing what you know? Even men are prostitutes too. We are all looking for something and willing to sell ourselves for that thing. Best thong don’t worry about who is or who isn’t a whore. Just take a leap pf faith and be happy. Leave judgement to others. Let home who is without sin throw the first stone.

  5. if i may differ, these girls are entrepreneurs…appropriately so. What other business ventures have vaccancies in Nigeria, a Country where employment is politicised and job creation “deregulated”…
    Don’t blame them…actually don’t blame me, I’m trying to sound like a career counsellor that I am.
    Whithout excuses though, I think the average lady should be smarter than that…Girls body shouldn’t be commoditised.

  6. I don’t know if it’s up yo 95% but the percentage is verrrrrrry high. I’d say at least 75%. These days becoming an undergraduate is a prerequisite for going into prostitution. It’s really sad. The next generation is gone.

  7. There is nothing surprising about the current clamor for the legalization of prostitution in the mistaken belief that it is the right of prostitutes to practice their despicable trade unmolested. What else could one expect in a world where same sex marriage is being recognized and legalized in countries one would expect should know and do better? It only strengthens my belief in the prophecy of the Scriptures that in the last days evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.(2Timothy 3:13). Even if the whole world legalizes prostitution, it can never be acceptable in the courts of heaven and all unrepentant prostitutes and their supporters should know that whore-mongers are among the sinners who will have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone after the final judgement(Revelation 21:8). The love of money is at the root of it all – easy money, filthy lucre! Ruth as a young widow could have turned to prostitution and blame it on the difficulties imposed upon her by premature widowhood but instead she returned with her mother-in-law to Judah where she took to the hard task of gleaning in the fields to fend for herself and her aged and widowed mother-in-law. A woman like this will stand in judgement and condemn today’s young women who think prostitution is the only option to the economic difficulties of today which are not felt by them alone!

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