There is in article in today’s Guardian, on the use of SMS and phone hotlines to promote sexual health for young people in Nigeria. It’s great to see increasing use of technology to reach people who are seeking advice. But what caught my eye was the opening quote:
“There’s this terrible thing we have in Nigeria where people don’t want to admit we have sex,” explains Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau, the director of Education as a Vaccine (Eva). In Africa’s most populous country, where vast swaths of society are highly religious and conservative, there is often a culture of silence when it comes to talking about sex – and sexual health.
I’ve been working in this area for 14 years; I’ve probably worked in about 15 countries. And I can’t think of a single one where I haven’t heard someone saying that, in their country, sex is a taboo, or that people don’t want to talk about sex.