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The Oldest Profession


Nov 4, 2018

Segilola Eleyinju Ege was an immensely popular Nigerian prostitute who wrote what is considered by many to be the first Yoruba novel,"The Life History of Me Segilola Endowed with Fascinating Eyes, the Sweetheart of a Thousand and One Men". Between 1929 & 1930, Segilola published tales from her exciting life as a monthly column in the Lagos Herald.

This is part one of a two part series based on Saheed Aderinto's scholarly book, "When Sex Threatened The State; Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria 1900-1958".