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How Nigerian porn stars gradually stepped out of the closet

Written by Solomon Unoke

In the last decade, Nigerian porno stars have come out into the open just as the industry continues to grow

Solomon Unoke

The evidence is glaring, the Nigerian video pornography industry is on the rise. And more young Nigerians, both male and female are joining the industry. This trend definitely follows the maxim: “The constant thing is change.”

Everything changes and that includes the values or believes systems of either individuals or an entire country, even the world at large has shifted its base on many issues that seemed fundamental and unyielding to our parents or grandparents.

 One of these rapid and drastic changes in Nigeria is the complete easy access to pornographic materials, especially in video format within the last couple of years, and also the transformation of the word “porn-stars” in our society.

These emerging ‘stars’ have evolved from being secluded, publicly disdained and judged personalities to being secretly admired as the list of these ‘professionals’ keep growing by the day. Sure, someone reading this has possibly, one friend or even a family member participating in our role or the other in the industry.

In the last few years, porn stars or performers in the country have gradually come out to proclaim their jobs and career, even when it is a part-time vocation. And there are lots of reasons for this rapid change in our society with each time phrase bringing in a push for this change.

 Let’s examine the changes that took place in each decade since the 80s.

The ’80s

The 80s was a funky time in Nigeria, even though the memories of the civil war was still fresh for so many, the music was at its all-time high. Nigeria experienced the vibes from several Afro fused music genres, which included several new genres of Rock songs that were mostly inspired by Jimmy Hendricks. However, music wasn’t the only thing that soared, because rising alongside the music was a lesser displayed relative, which was pornographic content.

The gradual maturity of the print media in the country also helped to promote the printing and distribution of pornographic content in the country.

Pornography in the ’80s was basically in print, including confession stories, usually based on the premise of hot illicit affairs. Also, some bold publishers came out with vividly illustrated cartoons and comic magazines of pornographic nature. These included Ikebe Super and Lolly, which initially effectively served the cravings of Nigerians in Southern and Northern parts respectively until both became popular across the country. However, the government clamped down on them after more than a decade of successful profitable operations.

These magazines alongside a few others like Best Lover featured the most erotic pictures on its cover but on the inside, what you will find are cartoons drawn by artists. Because of the strict laws and moral decency of this period, it was very difficult to find nude models, both male and female. Even though some people wanted the freedom to express themselves, they were confined within religious circles, judgments from family members, and most importantly military rule.  

The 90s

The 90s was the opening period with a new generation was running around half-naked in the streets (millennial) and the deregulation of the broadcast industry in the country. The trailblazers open television stations across the country: these included MBI in Obosi, Anambra state; DBN and Clapperboard in Lagos; and Galaxy in Oyo state. They were gradually joined by others.

This was also when satellite television redistribution had its first foray in the country and the increase in the number of households that had access to VCRs. All of these opened up a new world to Nigerian citizens in terms of visual entertainment.

The massive availability of VCRs led to the emergence of film rental stores, where you could rent a movie, and if you were an adult, you could rent an adult (pornographic) movie. Also the importation of porn materials, print and video rose as the market for them increased in the country. But then these pornographic materials weren’t made in the country no Nigerian porn movie stars didn’t quite exist then.  But the erotic magazines began to feature few nude models from Nigeria, while the bulk of the models in their magazines were plagiarized pictures of foreign porn stars lifted from foreign magazines and pornographic videos.

Then towards the end of this decade, the big bang change happened. The Internet gained widespread use within the business community in the country.  Then little did the 80s and 90s generation know of the impact the Internet will have on broadcast media and pornography.

The 2000s (The “undercover” period)

The Internet attracted more people especially young people: students and young professionals. But most have to access the wide world web at public cybercafes. This period brought Nigerians into contact with message boards and social media, the first of which was Myspace it showed Nigerians the varieties of interests out there and a place to hide away from the prying eyes of family members and almost every other social circle they belonged to. Then, it was possible for you to be the only person in your family who knew how to use the Internet or the only one who knew about the existence of certain websites.

This newfound anonymity gave way for more freedom of expression, women and men who enjoy nudity or getting attention to their nude bodies now had a safe way to enjoy their interests while graciously avoiding judgment from people they considered to be closed-minded or too orthodox to understand their lifestyle. The 2000s was a ride and the very beginning of new possibilities, but very little growth was experienced in the Nigerian porn industry.

The 2010s (The “not so undercover” period)

This decade saw the wide use of the Internet by Nigerians. It was also the beginning of the addiction to social media, the infestation of generation Z, and the official birth of Ibile music in Nigeria.

But on the pornographic scene, this was the decade that shattered the glass ceiling. The complete evolution of social networking to encompass retail and or social retailing, where people are paid to upload content or to play the roles of influencers on sites like Instagram, paved ways for the comeback of what is probably the oldest form of the commodity in the world (sex and sex shows).

In the late 2010s, Nigeria went from having nearly zero porn stars to birthing scores of hundred within the span of five years. Popular porn sites also adopted the method of paying amateur performers for their content, which few new-age Nigerian porn stars and porn producers took quick advantage of.

The idea was to publish a demo cut of the whole video they made in the free section while driving the main lead to their premium pages, and from the sight of it, business has been good for so many. This decade was only the beginning.

The 2020s (The “no cover at all” period)

The relaxation of strict rules by social media giants like Instagram, the popularity of the video-sharing site Tik-tok and the invention of modern subscription-based adult performance sites, Onlyfans have all contributed to the massive jump in porn content and the spike in the number of porn stars, in Nigeria and abroad. These days, all that is required to become a porn star is simply a cell phone, a social media account, the willingness to take raunchy pictures and videos and a slutty attitude.

Softcore porn by amateurs is a new thing that seemed to have gained a new level of acceptance in the society with shows like Big Brother Naija, which is known to have its housemates fool around from time to time in near or complete nudity, to challenges on social media, one of which was the recent steamy #Silhouette challenge, where people danced or took sensual poses naked or near-naked only obstructed by a dark shade filter, amongst others.

And finally, on the Nigerian scene, porn stars have begun to take off the ski mask which obscured their faces and proudly take on the title of porn stars, and they are creating production companies and receiving the admiration of the population. A top player is Ajibola Elizabeth.

The good news for anyone who is excited by these quick changes is this; the decade has only just begun, and even though it seems like pornography has hit its level of saturation, it is only going to get weirder. The new generation is largely populated by kids with ADHD, and normal ones will have attention deficits which is damn near ADHD, this means they will get tired of the present kind of content, coupled with the fact that millennia’s have seen way too much of it already. And with drugs a major factor in the industry, porn content will have to evolve into a new dimension.

The Future

For Nigeria, the natural projection would have been for things to follow in the direction it did for western society, which is; Adult movies conventions and awards, but seeing that Nigerian porn stars waited so late to step onto the scene at a time that the industry is saturated by amateurs, it is most likely that will never happen, as a matter of fact, the death of the actual professional adult industry might be closer than its full birth (High-quality pornographic movies). It will simply glide along with the rest of the common happenings around the world.

However, some believe with increased revenue, more producers and financiers might be driven into the industry to make it better: full-length feature erotic movies, with sexually explicit scenes having more than 75 per cent with good modern equipment used to shoot scenes.

However, my prediction is the elimination of women and real people from porn. I know this sounds insane but bear with me. Normal sex between a man and a woman, or a woman and a woman is quite old right now, and boring to a lot of people. But sex robots are only beginning their journey, and from what we have learnt from history, new always trumps old.

In abroad the cartoons porno is gradually creeping in. this might also happen in this clime. Also, when sex robots or robots, in general, acquire full autonomy, that is robotic movement or near human look, the next thing would be to mate them. Robots having sex with other robots or men will take the center stage until all forms of its exploitable sexual performance have been seen. Then maybe something else will emerge.

The stars

The following are the top listed Nigerian porn stars/pages according to the porn website: xvideo

  1. Ajibola Elizabeth: 99 videos 102.9k subs
  2. African Gift: 108 videos 25.8k subs
  3. Astra Blaze: 91 videos 23.2k subs
  4. Realsavagebitvh: 54 videos 19.3k subs
  5. SEXGODDESS: 121 videos 24.9k subs
  6. Naija Beauty Empire: 67 videos 30.2k subs
  7. Ruzzyde: 115 videos 23.1k subs
  8. Queen Naija: 45 videos 19.4k subs
  9. Julietsimeon: 72 videos 14.4k subs
  10. Naijaprincess: 117 videos 13.7k subs

About the author

Solomon Unoke

Solomon is a writer science fiction, romance and website contents who's passion revolves around works of creativity and vivid imaginations.

"Walls, trees, the sands and the seas, all of nature is a witness to the stories of our lives and of thousands of lives that came before us. Whispers heard in the winds, and the chirping of the birds on the trees, are stories begging to be heard and experiences that wants to be relived. Our stories keep the planet alive."

2 Comments

  • Unemployment has played a major role in the rise of numbers of indecent stars in the society. Not everyone of them joined because of change in their values and believes. All these are just pointing to one fact: Nigeria is a failed country.

    • Thank you for your input, you’re correct in saying that every one of the pornstars in the country at the moment are not all out there because their values changed, and its the same for most countries, including developed ones.
      But at the same time, we cannot overlook the fact that there is a large percentage of them who do it for the love of it.
      Anyways, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

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