Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaNigeria Yakoe


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


Forde (1941 [1951:p13])[1] states that the night party, attended from ages 11 to 12 is a recognised setting for a “first phase” of sexual experience. States Forde (1940:p57)[2], “[a] period of sexual play begins early in adolescence, for girls sometimes before menstruation begins, and occurs in parties of girls and boys, usually differing little in age. Parents exert little overt influence on the selection of partners by their sons and daughters. Between the ages of 14 and 16 most girls have established a stable relation with one lover, who at harvest time undertakes to make the customary gifts and services […] to her and her parents during the ensuing year. These, if acceptable to the parents, signify betrothal’. Clitoridectomy is arranged at this or the next harvest, if she has not yet become pregnant.















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] Forde, D. (1941[1951]) Marriage and the Family among the Yakoe in South-Eastern Nigeria. 2nd ed. London: P. L. Humphries

[2] Forde, D. (1940) Yako Marriage, Man 40:Apr.:57-8