THE UNIFYING FACTOR OF PORNOGRAPHY IN NIGERIA

By David Francis E.

How do you feel when you read or hear the word sex or fuck? What’s your reaction when you see nude pictures of human beings? Let’s talk!

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Could they be lesbians?

One of the most popular pornography sites just recorded as at few days ago of a huge success. It had just hit 100, 000, 000 viewers daily. I mean that one hundred million human beings on earth watch porn in that site daily. Now this is just a single website o! What about the thousands on the internet? In fact, porn stars are also recording their successes too, Mia Khalifa is one of them. She just recorded 2 million viewers daily. There’s also a published research of a lawyer turned porn star in  (From Lawyer to Prostitute/www.reasonchapel.com).

 

These amazing revelations brought to mind a simple truth: that human beings, more than ever are exploring their sexual lives in both healthy and unhealthy ways. As a result of this, the human species have become even more innovative in either fucking themselves or in being fucked, by dolls, vibrators, dildos, beasts, spirits, gods, or by self.

 

Ironically, majority of Nigerians either Christians or Muslims, are still basking in the false hope that they don’t support the porn industry. Though the Catholic Church and majority of the orthodox churches classify masturbation to be a sexual sin, records keep showing that many of her adherents don’t really give a damn!

 

The Catholic Church in her Catechism states that, “pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense.

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Image from Tomrainer.com

The CCC further recommends that Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic material” (CCC, no. 2354). We all know that despite this ideals, even church officials are not immune with sexual obsessions!

 

In fact, as you read this, there are pastors, bishops, politicians, business men, couples, etc who are watching porn in their rooms, in shopping malls, behind the car, inside the rest room, before mid-day prayers, before sex, behind class rooms, inside the church, etc. The list is endless. Despite all these, at the mere mention of sex, whether real or imagined, the average Nigerian is driven to the abyss of masturbation or pretense!

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Paper pornography seems popular as well.

In Episode 2 of Conversations With LABO, Labo Daniel had an insightful conversation on Porn Culture in Nigeria with Subomi Plumptre, a social media strategist.

“Nigeria has overtaken the USA in terms of searches for porn,” Subomi explains that we are unaware of the porn issues because we don’t measure things and don’t respect data in this part of the world.

 

“If I didn’t see the stats, and knew you were a data analyst, there is no way I can believe that Nigeria’s appetite for pornography (internet) is higher than the United States of America, no way” Labo exclaims.

 

Labo and Subomi talk about how Nigeria is the country with the 3rd largest viewership of Gay porn in the world, AND.. wait for it…. Enugu State leads the pack of Nigerian states viewing Gay porn (batterbox.com).

 

When I went to study these statistics I discovered that:

 

In 2015, the popularity of Nigerian Google searches for porn (relative to other searches) on a scale of 0 to 100 was above 80 (Google ranks as 100 any item that makes up 10% or more of all searches in a country). The number of average monthly searches by volume was 135,000 and the States with the greatest popularity for porn searches (from high to low) were: Enugu, Oyo, Ogun, Rivers, Lagos, Abia and Cross River.

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Image from thedebate.org. Gay Sex

The relative popularity of rape porn videos was also above 80, with Lagos State leading the charge and in 2014, Nigeria ranked third globally for the most Google searches for Gay Porn (she was ranked second in 2013).”

Very disturbing statistics, yes, but it doesn’t stop there, since 2009, porn search popularity has been on a 70% annual increase with Nigeria overtaking the U.S. (a country twice our size and with more than double our internet users) in 2014 and 2015 ( thengmag.com/blog/2016/8/a-lot-of-nigerian-teenagers-are-watching-pornography-and-this-is-a-huge-concern) – from the article, ” The Rise of Internet Porn & its Generational Impact By Subomi.”

 

According to pmnews, as at Decem. 1st, 2014 and recorded by Eromosele Ebhomele, this means that out of all the countries of the world, Nigeria is rated as one which has one of the highest viewership of pornography sites as well as those who patronise pornographic videos. “Although we frown against porn in Nigeria, Nigerians watch the highest porn sites daily. From Lagos to Sambisa forest, they all watch it,” he said, describing it as a unifying factor, just like football.

With Lisa Ann, Kim Kardashian and Mia Khalifa topping the chart of the most searched porn stars in both android and ios devices, gay sex, teen sex and cartoons top the chart in the most searched category (this should explain certain phenomena to us, especially if we’re still locked down on gay, teens and innocent cartoon sex).

 

According to misstechy.com/traffic-stats-hub,  as expected, men search for porn than women, However, the women who use Android dominate their iOS counterpart. Now the most interesting part of this stats is the fact that when it comes to watching porn in Nigeria, Android users dominate almost everything.

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Gender Traffic by Pornhub

Yet, everyday, the statistics stare us at our faces while we praise the anti-gay union bill. Everyday, out of 100 million viewers of porn, there are about or more than 10 million Nigerians behind the screen. And worst of all, they’d never admit to watching porn, to masturbating or to having sex.

 

This is a country of obvious pretenses and useless exaggerations and theories. This is a country where the more poor you are in knowledge, the more wealthy you’d become in obsessions. This is a country where folks would bully you for addressing sexual issues but beg you to send links of leaked sex videos.

This is a country where pretenses are rewarded and transparency extricated. This is a country were folks would have to recommend you for spiritual deliverance, for daring and questioning their fantasies. This is a country where freedom is ignorance and where folks would say, with hands grasping their penises and penetrating vaginas, “God hates sin!”

 

Be real to yourself. Stop being restless by counting how many times other people have sex or not. Acknowledge your obsessions and seek for help!

My name is David Francis and the nature of my engagements include:

Philosophy (University of Jos, Nigeria); Researcher (St. Albert’s Institute, Fayit-Fadan, Kaduna, Nigeria); Editor (Sapientia African Leadership Formation Programme, e. V Address: Badenstedter Street, 99 30453, Hannover, Germany); Literature (S. E. M. S. Nassarawa State, Nigeria); Former Associate Editor, “Periscope Magazine,” Abuja and Columnist, “Seekers Delight Magazine,” Kaduna.

I simply try to question the ‘happy darkness’ by encouraging more hands to minimize ignorance. Just a dose of knowledge, is enough in training the mind, to conform to nothing except truth. Let’s ride this train together!

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