Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaNigeria Marghi


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


Among the southern Marghi (e.g., Womdi) the bride is barely pubescent, and the groom will not have sexual  intercourse with her, though he has general licence to have relations with older girls in the neighbourhood […]. When the bride becomes old enough to have sexual relations the groom may come to her compound and spend the night with her”, but she, too, may have relations with village boys at that time (Vaughan, 1962:p51-2)[1].













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]Vaughan, H. Jr. (1962) Rock Paintings and Rock Gongs Among the Marghi of Nigeria, Man 62:49-52