Nigeria's Porn Industry Is Getting Ready To Overtake America's

Last year, in an insightful analysis, social media strategist and data analyst, Subomi Plumptre, revealed something we all suspected but never spoke of: Nigeria has overtaken the USA in terms of searches for porn - a nation twice our size and with deeper internet penetration. Yep. Nigerians' appetite for pornography is higher than that of the country we judge so harshly. A cursory internet search also reveals that Nigeria is the country with the 3rd largest viewership of gay porn in the world, and it gets more specific, Enugu state has the highest viewership of gay porn in Nigeria. Closely followed by Oyo, Ogun, Rivers, Lagos, Abia and Cross River.

(Photo: Subomi Plumptre)

Pornography is an industry that has grown really fast (yeah we know why). From the US alone, the industry generates roughly $10-12 billion every year. This is pretty surprising when you realize that making a porno or acting in one is not legal in most states of the USA. The market in Nigeria is on an upwards trajectory. Newly launched porn sites in Nigeria (like Freethinkers, which recently had its Twitter account suspended) are averaging 16,000 to 20,000 views every day.

Now, a small number of Nigerian producers are creating a home-grown industry by making and sharing sexually explicit content online. Many of the pornography movies in Nigeria right now feature far less acrobatic sex, fewer closeups of penetration and a lot more kissing and lighter touching than American porn. But it's important to note that Nigerian porn directors are aspiring to the level of American pornography. The sector is still very young in Nigeria, but it is growing very fast. Kingtblak has been making videos of himself having (consensual) explicit sex with different women since May 2016 (a full two months before FreeThinkers the first individual, launched).

(Photo: Subomi Plumptre)

And while the domestic porn industry is still budding, Nigerians are on international porn sites searching like xvideos searching for highly problematic keywords like: Nigerian School Girl Forced, Mercy Johnson, Calabar Maids, Hausa Girls Fucking, Man Fucking Animal, Very Young, Daddy and Daughter, Lawyer, Screaming Orgasm, Mom and Son, Black Mom and Daughter, Moriah Mills, Forced. For context, xvideos is the number one ranking porn site in Nigeria with over one million daily visitors from the country watching these videos.

All these stats indicate something: Nigeria, like other conservative countries is creating a new porn economy. And with our sheer number and these stats, it looks like it will surpass that of the existing largest market, America.

(Photo: Subomi Plumptre)

Five years ago, when Afrocandy began starring in music videos and producing her own films that featured nudity and explicit-looking sex, she generated a lot of controversy. Lots of Nigerians rose to condemn her. Fast forward to last month when she released her first explicit sex scene, and the movie is causing less of a stir than it would have even five years ago, now that hardcore pornography isn’t such a foreign entity in Nigeria. 

Surprisingly, for a deeply religious country with laws that infringe on human rights,  Nigeria has no laws against pornography. In fact, pornography is not mentioned at all in the 1999 Constitution. It's very curious. And while Lagos has outlawed the public display of graphic sexual material, and Muslims in the national government have proposed a nationwide block of porn sites, there’s no ban currently for films showing straight sex. However, homosexual activity in Nigeria, carries a 14-year prison sentence, so to circumvent, our budding adult movie industry is sticking to heterosexual sex.

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