Added: July 2, 2016 – Last updated: July 2, 2016


Author: Walter Gam Nkwi

Title: Prostitution in Colonial Lagos and Accra

Subtitle: Evidence from the National Archives Buea, Cameroon, c.1930s-1950s

Journal: Vestiges: Traces of Record

Volume: 2

Issue: 1

Year: 2016

Pages: 89-109

eISSN: 2058-1963 – Find a Library: WordCat


Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Ghanaian History, Nigerian History | Types: Child Prostitution


Link: Vestiges (Free Access)



Abstract: »Between 1930s and 1950s the colonial cities of Lagos and Accra along the West African coast, attracted an influx of prostitutes. These prostitutes first came to Lagos through a very complex network and thence to Accra. Because of the lucrative nature of the profession, recruiters (pimps) came to lure these women to the city. This article using mostly files from the National Archives Buea, Cameroon focuses on the mobility of prostitutes between Accra and Lagos and the attempts by the British colonial administration to put them in check.« (Source: Vestiges)


  Introduction (p. 89)
  Liquid Assets and Liquid Bodies: From Descent to Indecent Women? (p. 93)
  The Demography of Prostitutes in Lagos in the 1940s (p. 94)
  Recruitment of prostitutes to Lagos (p. 97)
  Prostitute Movement from Lagos to Accra (p. 99)
  The Politicisation of Prostitution: The Undesirable women (p. 101)
  Measures to Check the Movement of Prostitutes from Lagos to Accra (p. 102)
  Nigerian Prostitutes in Accra Finally Go Home (p. 104)
  Conclusions (p. 106)
  References (p. 107)
    Files in National Archives, Buea Cameroon (p. 107)
    Secondary Materials (p. 108)

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