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Was Prostitution Part of Our Culture during The Precolonial Period?

Can anybody that knows Nigerian history give me an insight on the origin of prostitution in Nigeria?. Did we have prostitutes in Nigeria before the colonial masters?. How were men satisfying their animalistic sexual ego back then if there were no prostitutes?.

If prostitution did not originate from our mother land, how come we have a name for it or was the name adopted after Europeans imported that trade into our culture?

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^^^ Prostitution has come to stay in Igboland and there's very little we could do about it.

Adultery is a real taboo in Igboland. Like Olaudah Equiano wrote in 1700’s, “adultery was sometimes punished with death”

A lil' info.

In Igbo, the more commonly used word for love-peddler is “akwunakwuna” abbreviated to akwuna. Nowadays, ashawo is more commonly used (Lagos effect I guess).

Some might mistake “akwuna” as an Igbo word for love-peddler but it is not Igbo. The word is actually from Ogoja, Cross River State and more accurately written as “akunakuna” and it’s a name of a town in Ogoja area.

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During the colonial times, the British recruited Akunakuna women (both married and unmarried) as cooks for the West African Frontier Force and later for the Expeditionary Force into Igboland. These women later started prostituting themselves with the soldiers and other men willing to pay for their services. That’s how Igbos started calling those love-peddlers akwunakwuna and it becomes a word in Igbo language as akwuna.

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There was no prostitution in Igbo culture. We don't have a name for it. Men were allowed to marry as many wives as possible and were all married mostly as virgins. The widowed becomes the wife of the late man's brother and the cycle continues.

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@ Bandele

A man with a shallow brain like you will go no where! Yeah, blame everything bad on the white and see how your inferiority complex has eaten your brain up.

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Yes, everything you don't like came with the oyibo; stealing came with the oyibo, corruption came with the oyibo, war came with the oyibo, even sex came with the oyibo.

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prostitution (of men and women) is the oldest profession in the world. it has existed on every continent and every culture since man first appeared. no one culture started it, please get over yourself.

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In some cultures, e.g Igbo, some teenage boys were encouraged to visit brothels.

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yes it was

kb1 u are really informed

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If you'll go back and read my post, you'd notice that I stated that the act was ESPECIALLY present within those ethnic groups. This dose not mean that it was not present within other groups, but rather that it was most prevalent within the groups I've mentioned.

Now to answer your question about AA women during the period of Slavery here in this nation; yes, there were AA women who were prostitutes during that period in time, though all of them were free AA women who mostly resided in the nation's major urban areas far away from the plantations. Many of these women worked in what were referred to as brothels and catered to primarily and or entirely to white men who were on the look out to act out their perverted fantasies of getting it on with a "wild, aggressive, self-controlless, Negra girl" as they viewed all black women as.

Some black women took it upon themselves to exploit this ignorance in an effort to survive in a place in which offered little other opportunities for women as a whole but especially black women at the time. New Orleans had many during that period.

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You mean they had lesbians in Hausaland during the precolonial days?

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Yes, prostitution was major part of several Nigerian ethnic cultures in the precolonial days; especially within the Edo/Bini, Efik, Kalabar and Hausa cultures.

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Prostitution existed in precolonial era. I read some hausa books on stories and personal diaries written more than 100 years before colinial masters that talk about prostitution. Infact in one of the stories, the writer was part of the calvalry send to invade neighboring communities to capture slaves and women for prostitution. The master normally keeps the woman in his house and ppl pay, or do certain services and then get to do the thing with the slave. There are non women that does that over the history.

Those where the good old days. You do the thing and no disease. Now with all d chemicals, makes up, bathing and shaving; disease de.

God have mercy on us

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http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ashewo

ashewo 14 up, 7 down

a nigerian street word meaning a slut or a LovePeddler. used to describe sluty girls on the streets or strippers.

"look at dat ashewo gel there. look at how she is opening herself fiam fiam!!"

by baba suay Apr 22, 2005 share this add comment

ashewo, omoale, etal are yoruba word. they are not new. end of story

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What of men that didn't have the resources to accommodate many wives? Were they jerking off in their wall?

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What do you think they do during tales by the moonlight in the village?. They use farm houses/pens for sex at night. Women don't demand for sexual satisfaction those days, so all they did was thrust in and out for 2 mins.

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There were no pubs and universities back then. How were prostitutes operating in 12th century Nigeria when everybody lived in clans and huts and know each other by name?

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In Hausa

Karuwanci - prostitution (Karuwa, the prostitute)

Madigo - Lesbianism

Luwadi - homoxuality (gay) - from (Lot in d bible and qur'an)

dadiro - mistress

However, I think some of these words are borrowed arabic words

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I think Prostutuion cam with the white man.

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those who dnt stand on the road, have other means such as beer palors, where the madam usually the owner of the palor would make arragnments with the interested clients, she has the girls working for her.

then some pick up theirs at universities, either they have pimps arranging the clients or they work alone and they usually met clients by clubbing or other means.

then there are those who opreate through connections or private vip clubs.

so their many ways they operate without standing on the road, though that is still the most popular route

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Probably something like that. Somebody has to manage the prostitute and allow her to work safely.

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How were they doing it in Nigeria/Africa then if they were not allowed to stand on the road or operate brothels?. Did they also have pimps then?

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i'm sure prostituition didnt exist in the pre-colonial days. it came with urbanization.

and men simply got married to satisfy the so caled animalistic urge.

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@ EM

Don't u know that prostitution is the oldest trade in the world.

Its been around for centuries and in all cultures .

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I think whoring came with the oyinbo !

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