Séx Business Is Now Bad Business in Lagos Because of Ebola



For many in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, the
fear of Ebola has become the beginning of wisdom.
Even when it involves matters related to séx and
On a dark Wednesday night, the busy Allen Avenue,
in the heart of Ikeja, the state capital, provided a
glimpse of how much the fear of Ebola Virus has
impacted on séx life in the part of the city that
usually never sleeps.
Usually, it is a common sight to find skimpily
dressed ladies of different shapes and sizes
soliciting customers at night. However, in the wee
hours of that night, at one of the famous spots for
such activities, only a few men were seen hovering
under the cover of darkness to satisfy their séxual
urges. This was despite the impressive number of
commercial séx workers at the junction.
“I drove past this spot with some friends around
11pm and three hours later, I still met the same
women waiting for customers at the same spot.”
Said a middle-aged man who didn’t give his name.
He said the moment the séx workers saw their
vehicle stop; they rushed onto them.
“Suddenly, they struggled among themselves to be
the first to reach us when we stopped the car. It
was clear the ladies were desperate to make
money that night,” he said, but declined to
comment if he took any home.
A commercial séx worker in the vicinity, who simply
gave her name as Linda, said patronage has
reduced since the outbreak of Ebola.
She said, “People are afraid to patronise séx
workers nowadays because of this Ebola thing.
There was one incident that happened a few days
ago when a man came to patronise one of us. He
started touching the woman but she snubbed him,
saying that she didn’t want to be caressed with his
hands. When he said they should have séx, she said
she preferred to do it fully dressed up and if he
must use a condom.
“It is possible to have séx and not sweat. Also, the
cold weather is good for séx at this moment. So, I
usually tell my friends that during this period of
Ebola outbreak, they should ensure they always use
condom for protection and avoid the man’s sweat
from touching them. Also, they should not do it in
the dark, but put on the light so that they can see
if the man is sweating or not.”
Linda further said she advises her friends to ensure
that a ceiling or standing fan is switched on during
séx and the man should also avoid going ‘extra
rounds’ because the exertion would make them
sweat. “Though I think there needs to be more
awareness and sensitisation on this issue,” she
For businessman, Mr. Godfrey Okosun, avoiding séx
this period is advisable because of reasons of
“One may be faithful to his or her partner, but the
partner may not be faithful. In that case, one may
be at risk of not knowing the escapades of the
other partner. So, I would advise people to avoid
séx all together. And it’s the same rule that I apply
to my séx life during this period,” he told Punch.
A civil servant, Ms. Gloria Akpandu, said it depends
on the individual to decide whether to have séx or
“I don’t know much about the Ebola symptoms, but
from what I have heard so far about avoiding body
contacts such as handshakes, kissing and hugging, I
have not had any intimate relationship with my
boyfriend since Ebola found its way into Nigeria.
Although I still think it depends on the couples in
question,” she said.


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