Tuesday, June 16, 2009


During my last visit to Nigeria in March/April this year I made a casual observation which my friends and brothers living in Nigeria claimed they never took note of.

I forgot my nail-cutter and a smaller comb as usual, therefore wanted to buy new ones.This has never been a problem to me since I always see at an average 10 minutes interval. those ‘Abokis/mallams’ or the short Okoros who hawked them around my uncles shop.

Well the ‘Abokis’ and small size ‘okoros’ passed at 5 minutes intervals now but the articles they hawked were different.

Viagra and ‘Viagra function related drugs’

It was amazing to see the quantity (not quality) of mobile phone gadgets and accessories being hawked in Nigerian cities. I was particularly astonished by the articles hawked by most of these Abokis; thy included drugs according to their descriptions are light hallucinogens, lsd, ecstasy, kwaya, etc and even some veterinary drugs that they recommend for human beings claiming they would ‘have other effects’.

There were more than 60 different types of Viagra and ‘Viagra function related drugs’ They were all for men rigorously and unmistakably ‘made in China’- most of them though had no NAFDAC registration number anyway. I wondered what was happening to men in Nigeria that there should be such a great market for all these drugs,


The gentle and jovial aboki took time to explain to me the different functions and effects of at least 10 different Chinese ‘Viagra and associated drugs’: his prize : a plate of tuwo from the nearby buka..

My question is: Is anything happening to our men that I do not know?

However after some days I had to go to Ajaa market and there I bought a beautiful looking manicure kit. rigorously and unmistakably ‘made in China



Anonymous said...

Hmmm.. perhaps all the men have drank too much fanta, coke and beer.. and now need drugs to perform? (or is that an urban myth)... LOL

Anonymous said...

Your observation is right, ignorance is the cause of what you see happening ,our government cares a little for the pesants and the Aboki's are seriously making thier day. We can collectively set up an awereness medium ,by name diasphoran voice,it may be a local radio in diverse local languages, Eu will support such projects. Eddy.

John said...


When I look back at Nigeria,
I see a failed nation,
a colossal mistake of the colonial masters,
combination of deadly coils called unity
time bomb waiting to explode

When I look back at Nigeria
I see a dehumanized people
Scavengers struggling to survive
Feeding on unavailable carrions
A nation of anything goes.
Teju 2009 ©

Okey.Chukbyke C. said...

@akaBaGucci ...maybe you are right.
@John....you got the correct picture.. wonderful writting.



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