Even though prostitution, the oldest profession in the world is an open sore in the urban areas, especially in the commercial city of Lagos state where the business booms, there are yet many shocking happenings in the name of sex-for-money.
It was all glitz, fun and razzmatazz over the weekend at Ejigbo, a densely populated area of Lagos as commercial sex workers, otherwise known as prostitutes gathered to celebrate one of the top members of the bed-to-wealth business who turned 70.
The well-attended event reunited both retired and active members of the Association of Nigerian Prostitutes (ANP) who came to shower praises on the septuagenarian who they described as their ‘Matron’
Over 60 prostitutes converged at a popular brothel in Ejigbo, a shanty house built with wooden shacks, which accommodates over 15 stakeholders in the ‘dirty’ business.
Madam Juliet (surname withheld) who turned 70 got a surprise birthday bash from members of ANP for her distinguish role. She described it as her best gift ever.
According to the septuagenarian who once acted as the Treasurer of Lagos South chapter of ANP, life has been boring since she retired from active prostitution.
“I can say that I am the happiest person on earth today because I never knew some persons still love me like this. I came into this business at the age of 21 and now I am 70. I am so happy because people are celebrating me not because I embezzled government fund or killed anybody. I’m being celebrated because I made some people to understand that you can make it even if you are not a politician”
Everybody must not work in Aso Rock or NNPC, so I find joy in whatever I do, now you have heard all the testimonies. I thank God for everything. I know some people are out there condemning this profession but the gospel truth is that, they are the worst pretenders.
Asked how she ended up as a prostitute, Zion Gate, as people would call her because of her gap teeth, frowned at this reporter, “We are not prostitutes, we are relievers. If you want to see prostitutes, go to Ikoyi or Island at night you will see them. So mind your utterance young man.
When prodded further, on what pushed her into the sex-for-money trade, she said angrily: “I think you are a journalist and you are happy writing, right? Asking me why I ‘relieve’ people is just like me asking you why you eat food.”
Asked if she still service people even at 70, she said: “Seriously, like they say, old wine tastes good, some of my old customers still call me for servicing, but I made them to understand that old age has finally caught up with me that I need to rest now.”
She disclosed that her memorable day was the day she tricked a pastor’s wife into prostitution. According to Zion: “Then I was squatting with my aunty at Ikotun and the pastor’s wife happened to be my friend, she often complains that her husband doesn’t have her time because of ministerial work.
I tricked her into the business and she abandoned her husband, the saddest thing was that she died 8 months later, while on her way to Imo to service one of the top government officials,” she recalled with nostalgia.
Recounting further, Zion told this reporter that before she clocks 100, she hoped to have trained over a thousand girls on how to make money without the government.