Understanding Sexual Negotiation between Marital Partners: A Study of Ogu Families in Southwestern Nigeria

  • Wusu Onipede Lagos State University
  • Uche C Isiugo-Abanihe University of Ibadan
Keywords: Sexual, Relations, Negotiation, Marital, Partners


Studies on African sexuality have concentrated on men extra-marital affairs and a total neglect of sexual negotiation between husband and wife. The main objective of this study is to examine gender differentials in sexual negotiation strategies between marital partners among the Ogu, South-western Nigeria. Data were generated from survey conducted among 900 married men and women and 9 focus group discussions. Analysis reveals that both husband and wife have sexual needs that make them to desire sex naturally. While men do make direct demand for sex, women employ indirect erotic strategies to initiate sex. The consent of both partners is required for sexual encounter to give maximum pleasure. Logistic models show that urban residence and frequent spousal communication are associated with gender equity in sexual negotiation between marital partners. It is suggested that sexual health programmes should therefore focus on both partners and not just men.

Author Biographies

Wusu Onipede, Lagos State University
Department of Sociology
Uche C Isiugo-Abanihe, University of Ibadan
Department of Sociology