Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaNigeria Dakarkaki


Featured: Badjju, Nupe, Hausa, Kadara, Kagoro, Efik, Tiv, Kanuri, Ijaw/ Ijo, Bini, Marghi, Jekri, Lala, Kofjar, Ibibio, Woodabe Fulani, Borroro Fulani, Ibo[Afikpo Igbo, Asaba Ibo], Rukuba, Irigwe, Yakoe, Igbira, Igala, Orri, Dakarkaki, Tuareg



Betrothed girls and boys (for boys between ages 10-16), youth are “definitely encouraged” to practice an equivalent of the Hausa tsaranchi, “ “cuddling”, or sexual freedom stopping just short of penetration”. “Some girls may have as many as ten lovers in this way before marriage or cohabitation with their betrothed husband, and a young woman who was popular with the opposite sex before marriage wares, after marriage, a cock’s womb of white metal in her hair in commemoration of her pre-marital success” (Harris, 1938:p137-8)[1].

“Girls are married both before and after puberty […]. They have strict sexual taboos and the boys and unmarried men sleep together in a Bachelor’s hall […]”[2].












Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Harris, P. G. (1938) Notes on the Dakarkari Peoples of Sokoto Province, Nigeria, J Royal Anthropol InstitGreat Britain & Ireland 68:113-52

[2] Macfarlane, Ei. J. (1935) Hill Tribes and Fisherfolk of Travancore, Man 35:43-4, at p44