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Some People Go the Extra-Mile to Seek Sexual Satisfaction

Africa News Service, May 24, 1999

By Kelechi Obasi, The News

LagosóNot everybody loves sex, straight. There are those for whom masochism is it. Leather garb, boots, handcuffs, whips and hot candle wax are the trademark tools to take a partner to seventh heaven. Others prefer voyeurism, and spill their nuts watching other people’s sexual organs and acts, often hidden from view.

The former Zimbabwean leader, Canaan Banana, it was alleged, relished doing it with little boys, and big boys. Margois de sade, Donabien Alphonse Francoise took the prize for Sodomy in his day.

He just loved subjugating others, the very young, the very poor and the not overtly bright to his sexual perversion. In 1763, he was accused of locking one Jeanne Testard in a house, and ordering her to whip him and join him in masturbating into a holy Chalice.

Five years later, he abducted another woman, whipped her silly and as he poured molten candle wax into her wounds, he experienced orgasm. His under aged male and female servants were not free from his paedophilic clutches.

Throughout history, homosexuality, the preference for members of one’s own gender for purposes of sexual gratification has commanded much interest and concern.

Homosexuals or lesbians, may be male or female, and temperaments towards such sexual preferences have varied in different epochs and among diverse cultural and sub-cultural groups. In ancient Greece, homosexuality was only generally acceptable in the narrowly defined terms of a pederastic association of a grown man and a pubescent boy.

The relationship was regarded as much educational as sexual. Rome had a similar outlook. Its demeanour was one of measured tolerance.

Homosexual relationships were acceptable alongside by-sexuality, where beauty had everything to do with age and gender. However, in the Holy Bible’s old testament, sex between members of the same sex is considered an abomination and the punishment for homosexuals is death.

This condemnation has affected the Christian attitude toward homosexuality for centuries. Very recently, the Lambeth conference of the Anglican Church reiterated this stance by voting overwhelmingly against the ordination of gay priests.

In contemporary times, ambivalent moods have prevailed.

Most societies consider homosexuals as normal and socially acceptable. In central Australia, to the primitive "Aronda," homosexuality is almost universal.

In other nations such as Great Britain, United States of America and Germany, ‘Gay’ relationships are legal between consenting adults.

The laws of the Federation of Nigeria and Lagos, Chapter 42 of the criminal code, section 214, states that any person who "has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" or "permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years." However, the spectre of a spell in jail is not haunting members of a steadily growing clan of homosexuals in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centres.

A once strange gay culture seems to be thriving in Lagos, Kano, Port-Harcourt and many cosmopolitan cities in the country. A recent study of Kano and Kirikiri, Lagos maximum security prisons showed that out of every 200 men, 30 confessed to having had sexual relations and about 20 in the latter.

The average age of the prisoners was 29 years. Another study in Kenya confirms that sex between men is common in prisons in the military boarding schools and colleges.

In Nigeria the gay-club is exclusive. Big players in industry, law, the military and even the academic all form part of this association.

One of the many reasons Major Gideon Orkar and his gang adduced for their April 1990 coup attempt was that the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida led administration was crawling with homosexuals.

The high and mighty prey on young fortune-seekers. The name of the game is usually sex for money or connections.

While the crusade for gay right is still unheard of in Nigeria, many organisations in the U.S, such as the Gay Activist Alliance and the Mattachine Society have attempted to influence public opinion and legislation towards greater tolerance of homosexuals. Although their efforts have led many to state their sexual preference publicly, there are many gay-haters who would readily kill to demonstrate their aversion for homosexuality.

These however, have not stopped gay and lesbian couples from marrying each other. In 1996, San Francisco, one of America’s largest gay communities, witnessed the first same-sex marriage ceremonies as 200 couples were joined in (holy?) wedlock.

Some homosexual unions now parallel conventional heterosexual relationships. Recently partners in some stable homosexual relationships have been given the go-ahead to legally adopt children.

What is the cause of this preference that is to many a perversion? In the 19th century, homosexuality was labeled a disease.

Baron Richard Von Krafft-Ebing, a German neuro-psychologist described it as a "hereditary neuropathic degeneration," sparked off by too much masturbation. For Signmund Freud, the cause lay in the existence of a constitutional predisposition.

He also suspected the determining effects of childhood experience, and the frequency of male adolescent homosexual experience.

However, in 1957, a study at the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A), in which psychological tests were given to both homosexuals and heterosexuals showed no marked pathological differences.

Nigerian psychologists seem to differ on the issue of homosexuality, and whether it constitutes sexual deviance. Dr. Peter Omoluabi, a clinical psychologist at the University of Lagos, Akoka, holds that homosexuals are normal people who are only exhibiting their sexual preference.

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