Facebook, the social internet site, has gone beyond a major source for meeting friends and interacting. It is now a medium where Nigerian lesbians meet and get hooked for amorous relationship.
This is the result of a one-month investigation carried out by P.M.NEWS on the activities of lesbians on the social internet site.
Within the one month, our correspondent, who disguised as a lesbian had 164 friends with 110 of them being Nigerian lesbians and another 24 being Nigerian ladies who are bisexuals. This means that they sleep with both men and women. The other 40 were friends from Jamaica and other African countries including Liberia, Benin Republic and Ghana.
Again, among the 124 Nigerian ladies, 109 are students of various higher institutions in the country. Such institutions include Olabisi Onabanjo University, University of Lagos, University of Benin, Imo State University and the Lagos State University. Some of the ladies are also students of private universities in the country.
Some of the remaining 15 are workers while the others are â€œself employed.â€
These lesbians, investigations revealed, usually register their profile with odd and foreign names to mask their real identities. Most of them do not claim to be Nigerians in their profile but rather prefer to pick other African countries as their place of origin and except one is accepted as their friends, their true identities are left hidden.
It was also discovered that they hardly use their photographs as their profile pictures. They would either use cartoons of photographs of nude white ladies while their real photographs are hidden in their albums.
One of the lesbians, who later gave her name as Tina, and lives in Fadeyi, explained that she became a lesbian after she was raped several times by her step father from the age of 14.
According to her, she was dehumanised while she lived with the man and her mother at Oshodi.
â€œMy mother never believed me when I finally summoned the courage to tell her. I had to summon the courage to run away from home.
â€œI ran into the hands of a lady who took me to her house in Fadeyi. She was so caring that I had all the confidence in her and hated men instead.
â€œShe actually taught me to be a lesbian. She taught me everything about lesbianism and introduced me to another woman, a divorcee, who engaged me and made sure I went to school,â€ the 300-level Mass Communication student of UNILAG explained in a chat with our correspondent.
Asked if she has ever thought of later getting married to a man, she said she does not have any soft spot for men. She, however, said she had many male friends who she gave the impression that her man is abroad and that she is decent enough not to double-date.
â€œHow do you think I would cope if I eventually have to marry a man?â€ she asked in the chat while she expressed joy that her distance from her mother since she left her is to her advantage as nobody would put her under pressure to get married in the nearest future.
Philo, another student of Ambrose Ali University, Edo State, southsouth Nigeria, in a chat with our correspondent, claimed to be from Benin. She, however, said her lesbian mate is a female bank staff in Lagos State.
She said she frequents Lagos because she does not want people around her to know.
According to her, she did not go into lesbianism because she had any terrible experience or because she needed the money from it.
â€œI am the last of five children and the other four live outside this country and are responsible for my training.
She explained that she actually began dating by having a boyfriend who was a novice in matters of sex.
â€œI was the one teaching him what to do every time. But at a point, because I am a party freak, I met this lady who was then in the University of Benin.
â€œWe became friends and she then introduced me into it after six months of knowing her.
â€œIn fact, I still remember that Saturday afternoon. We started with having a bath together in her off-campus hostel. In the bathroom, she set my soul on fire before we shifted to her room.
â€œWhat happened in her room is best imagined than described. I never tasted that kind of oral sex and use of vibrator before. By the time we finished, I was feverish,â€ she said and maintained that since then, she had become inseparable from the banker.
She said though boys come after her, she had continued to rebuff their advances because of the long lasting impression she has of men.
Lilian, who says she lives in Ebute Metta area of Lagos State, said she decided to become a lesbian because she does not just get going with boys.
She said she has tried several times to remain in a relationship but has always opted out because she is not one to be dominated by men. She also said she is self-employed.
Being self-employed in this regard means that she is among a clique who often patronise rich ladies in the society, who invite them for the â€˜showâ€™ and pay them off after getting the satisfaction they need.
â€œIf I start mentioning names of some of them, you will marvel, but I will introduce you into the business if you are interested,â€ she told the P.M.NEWS correspondent.
Lilian further explained that the group has a leader who is well known among the patrons. She is contacted anytime â€œthere is business for us and she would in turn contact us.â€
Joyce, a student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University says she is engaged to Abike, a business woman based in Lagos.
â€œShe spoils me like crazy and my friends in school do not know where I get the money to buy the things I use.
â€œMy mate is a married woman whose husband is a sailor. You know they come home only once in a while and this affords us the opportunity to run our shows.
She however said she has a boyfriend who is more interested in benefiting from her financially than bother about the source of her finance.
â€œHe is a student of my school and does not care as long as we are happy. He sees my lesbian mate as my elder sister because I have her photograph in my room.
â€œWhenever I am coming to see her, it is easy for me since to him she is my sister. I also spend weekends in Madam Abikeâ€™s house because her two children are in boarding school, so we have all the time to ourselves.
â€œMadam Abike does not have another man aside her husband. She says she does not want to cheat on the man and that it is better she gets satisfied through a lady like her than look for men and I give it very hot to her anytime she wants it.â€