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Frank Talk: Porn In Nigeria

Porn. The one that calls for side looks, hushed voices, shy smiles and many at times shocking silence. Doing it on the screen to sell for profit. Taking a cynical advantage of man’s needs for sexual release and channeling it into fantasizing and masturbating. Honestly, I find the whole thing ridiculous though I’ve been an addict since my early teens.

“Naija no dey carry last,” so the saying goes and Nigeria has already started making inroads into the porn industry. There was a time they sold porn CD’s openly on the road markets at my place in Pen Cinema, Agege, at the time in the early years of the 2000’s; when hustling young men were willing to make a quick buck off persons enticed by the seductive imagery they advertised. Nigerians have recently moved from selling porn to making it. KingTBlachoc has already made his name on that account. How he gets his girls, what he does with them, their ‘terms of contract’ is his business.

Our culture, proud as it is of its religious conservative nature, has not given pornography the same celebrated platform in the public as has been done in certain developed countries. There really is no commercial porn-making film industry as such in Nigeria. It’s mostly an amateur business which depends on willing submissions from cheated lovers, naughty boys and girls wanting to show off, voyeurs and the likes with exceptions like MojoNaija trying to “be professional” as it were. Like many things in Nigeria, it is in a state of disarray.

It is unsurprising to me. Nigeria must do its version of the US pop culture, even if it must be at a later date and in a less sophisticated format. They have Hollywood, we’ve got Nollywood; they have the White House, we have Aso Rock; they’ve got Pornhub, we’ve got Naija… oops forgive me, I should censor it here, never mind all the steamy info I have given so far, that site is too hardcore. Young minds are reading and I do not want to corrupt them. But you get where I going with this penchant for taking in all they (ie US pop culture) dish out. It really is not compulsory.

Or is it? Could it be that the pressures and demands of modern socio-capitalist societies necessitates the base desires of the porn industry?

I don’t think it ought to be so. We must be principled. It is the duty of the Nigerian government to checkmate the rise of this vice but it appears they are powerless to do so. Who knows if the whole thing gets their tacit encouragement? Isn’t it our distinguished senators who have been spending public money on private escorts (aka runs girls)? Taking girls young enough to be their daughters on a sex romp for pay. Maybe that is where efforts are put to from the senators’ constituency allowance. Was it not the governor of Zamfara state, Gov. Abubakar Yari, who spent public funds on a den of sin in while his people were dying of meningitis? I’m hearing a cacophony of laughter between St. Peter and his angels. As for the Muslims engaged in that show of shame, I can only shake my head at the religious hypocrisy involved.

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I think the old wisdom in Africa of being coy with sex while letting kids find out for themselves was much wiser. They explored without the shame Christianity and Islam imposes on persons following their God-given instincts. They were free if they chose to, to hold steady to their virginity which was also appreciated in society. The practice in Igboland of sending full kegs of palm-wine to in-laws in celebration of a daughter’s virginity is an example of this.

Inevitably, we all must question things. That’s how a solution is reached. It is a shared trait of humans. It is the start of knowledge. So where it concerns porn here are a few posers.

  • Why let impressionable young minds in on an activity, the responsibilities and consequences they are not yet ready to take on?
  • Why legalize an industry that inevitably preys on vulnerable young ladies, especially those in poverty?
  • Is sex not best done between two lovers in their privacy?
  • Is it good to build an industry around an addictive fantasy?
  • Are children not inevitably put to adult material upon using the Internet?
  • Can the people who commercialize sex on the media gladly expose or rubber-stamp such lifestyle when young teenagers imitate it?
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These few questions, bordering on morality, that the porn industry ought to honestly confront. Would the budding pornographers in Nigeria be willing to answer them?

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