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Media Personality & “Rubbin’ Minds” TV Host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Ponders on Legalized Prostitution in Nigeria



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Yesterday morning, 20th June, 2013, popular media personality and Channels TV‘s “Rubbin’ Minds” host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu got very verbal on social media website, Twitter about his views on certain moral debates in Nigeria.

He took on the topic of ‘prostitution’ and with a few tweets gave a few reasons he believed it should be legalized in Nigeria.

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So what do you think? Is his argument convincing? What do you have to say on the topic?

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  1. Awaiting Moderation

    June 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I agree with him 100%. Nigerians just like to use religion to cover bollocks! Prostitutes are still in business because people patronize them.

    • Mee

      June 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

      I dont think the problem is making laws to legalize it, but also having the right system to implement those laws and being able to guard the sex workers. Nigeria aint right for that

  2. Hannah a

    June 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I understand Ebuka’s point of view. I do not appreciate it however. This is because some things are not morally or religiously right. Yes, religiously. Because to separate a man from his religion is to separate him from a major thing which defines him. Why do we all not steal – the Robin Hood way? Because morality and the religiousness he so willingly puts down tell people that this is not right. Most of these girls into prostitution would prefer better modes of making money. Prostitution goes beyond the physical. Girls and women are mentally harmed by it. Rather than make girls and women feel like this is the way to go, I think I’d rather have it illegal and shameful, not so those involved can be judged, but so they don’t become satisfied with what is and they aspire to be more. Because we all deserve more.

  3. Andie

    June 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I agree. He has a point

  4. nene

    June 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

    this is such a stupid question. is he trying to feel smart or wat? prostitution is immoral. even athiests will tell u that. let’s forget religion, i’m not really a “churchy” person. but prostitution destroys society. other jobs have risks yes, but they benefit the general population most times.

    prostitution is wrong:
    1.STIs, STDs, promotes homosexuality and group sex (orgies et al),
    2.low self esteem (for those who do it unwillingly).
    3. destroys relationships
    4. most prostitutes get raped
    4. promotes sex addiction
    5. objectifies people (both male and female)
    6. leads to abortions ad unwanted children
    7. drug dependency, since most of these prostitutes are damaged mentally and they take drugs to cope.
    8. people become jaded, shallow and non-chalant.
    9. it leads to poverty, crime when these prostitutes don’t have the emotional and financial stability to take after their children, who then become a burden on the general society.

    prostitution only satisfies sexual urge, that’s the only positive. so EBUKA nwa UCHENDU that’s your answer. EBUKA i have heard things about u, don’t make me believe them, biko. and you cannot regulate SEX/LUST, it’s like regulating anger or happiness, it can NEVER work. EBUKA should probably go on the streets or interview working prostitutes and see how bad prostitution really is. NOBODY chooses to be a prostitute, but those who do are morally inept and are emotionally damaged/unstable, they need help, not regulation for people to take advantage of them. just look at porn stars and strippers, how many NORMAL people end up with such careers…

    • No Long Thing

      June 21, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Prostitution promotes homosexuality? You must be nuts….

    • nene

      June 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      nuts ke? haven’rt u heard of male and female prostitutes who sleep with the same sex just to make more money.

  5. jinkelele

    June 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

    he’s just looking at getting twitter traffic and playing devils advocate

    • Nathaniel's Daughter

      June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

      I’m glad someone can see right through this. It’s just what it is.

  6. Truthhurts

    June 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Question to Mr. Uchendu – How would you feel, if prostitution is legalized and one day you have a daughter who decides to practice that trade? Oh yes, you would not mind your daughter “having” your friends for dinner and getting paid for it. Mschewwww! And this has nothing to do with religion Mister! The word is Conscience! What helps you differentiate right from wrong.

    Like I always say, there is a thin line between freedom and madness. It is a big shame that someone like Mr. Obi-Uchendu would openly say ‘Can you make a proper argument not based on religion, to explain why prostitution is illegal?’ and then add in a re-tweet “People already sell blood and sperm legally. We might not be far off. But no, chopping off body parts is a different scenario.” Typical! So you exclude chopping off body parts for money and include using one’s body part to make money, right?!

    I am young woman in my 20’s and I am really disappointed that a young man who is supposed to be someone people look up to is making such an absurd statement in Nigeria. Morality is gradually being tossed out of the window in the world and very soon we will all go mad. If you really want to make a change, find something constructive to add to the system for young people and stop seeking attention with stupid comments.

    • Annonymous

      June 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      well said… being educated does not mean exposure… Nigeria has better schemes and acts yet to be legalized. why is prostitution at the fore front of your discussion Mr Uchedu….

  7. Naija talk

    June 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Are you friggin’ kidding me? When Nigeria has solved most of her pressing issues then you can really address legalizing prostitution. You want Nigeria with all her system failures to join the league of countries with the wherewithal (the social construct and structure) for legal prostitution. Please tell me what chances of legal redress abused prostitutes will have when legally married wives who report domestic violence are leered/jeered at by law enforcement agents with comments like “go back and stop fighting your husband.” Ebuka please please show me you have more upstairs!!!

  8. hmm

    June 21, 2013 at 12:40 am

    hmm i dont know about this…if they can clearly define the rules i guess its ok…..because in UK the rules are quite strict and they have certain laws regarding it….no underage, you cant do prostitution in some places, also negotiations between individuals, no assault etc….the laws are made clear and any violation by the customer and prostitute can lead to prison…then again Nigeria is quite a lawless country can we really protect these women and men? and even now that we have open prostitutes, closet or self denial prostitutes known as ‘runs’ etc still rape and pedophilia is till on the rise so although i dont mind i dont’ see how legalizing it would change anything….only if they law would be sure to secure the men and women taking part.

  9. binta

    June 21, 2013 at 12:41 am

    i agree with ebuka, it is better to mandate they are health sound and can pay taxes… than the police extroting them and making it worst. many say ashawo no be work, but in some countries it is.

    • jinkelele

      June 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Yeah because everyone assumes those who choose this ‘career’ will be everyone BUT their sister or wife. So who is mandating the health of their customers or even protecting them when the same customers refuse to agree to their terms. The same prostitution fuels pimping, human sex trafficking and child porn when underaged girls are forced to please someones sexual urge. Pray tell how does legalisation prevent that? He makes it sound like prostitutes are some alien specie created for men’s sexual urge. Anyways he just wants twitter traffic.

    • oyin

      June 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Just a thought

      I do not think majority of the prostitutes in Nigeria are paid well enough to afford taxes. Most of them are exploited and live from hand to mouth

      May be the high caliber prostitutes are well paid….. and can afford tax.

  10. birdieblue

    June 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Its this sort of “permissive” thinking that has made the world what it is today. If prostitution is made legal we might as well include it as the list of career choices our kids could choose from while their in kindergarten. While we’re at it lets forget the institution that is marriage , I mean why create a safe and trusting environment for a physical relationship and get nagged with responsibilities when there’s the option of “pay as you go.”
    How exactly is one not supposed to base such a decision on religion for God’s sake? Did we create ourselves and won’t we all account to someone when the end comes. Mr Ebuka its to late in the day to start bringing up topics that just “devaluate” a woman’s worth even more. Speaking of women just so we know there are male prostitutes these days, just saying….

  11. zaq

    June 21, 2013 at 1:28 am

    So where did he say that it should be legalized? Saw his tweets this morning and he was just being thought provoking. See how you’re slowly turnin into a gossip blog. I don’t support legalizing prostitution sha. Way too many issues besides sex itself to contend with

  12. ConcernedNigeria

    June 21, 2013 at 1:31 am

    1. He is sick
    2. He is seeking attention
    3. When is sister joins the so called prostitution “profession” he can applaud her for “meeting a global need”


    • ConcernedNigeria

      June 21, 2013 at 1:41 am


  13. Oreos

    June 21, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Okay! This is interesting and i maybe one of the few people who actually agree that prostitution should be legal. Now do i wish people do not have to resort to prostitution as a source of livelihood, YES!!! but if we look at this issue from a purely empirical point of view then legalizing prostitution protects the women who engage in this kind of work. If the proper legislation are put in place like mandating monthly STD checks, have access to proper health care, their customers are regulated and the likes, then the women is more likely to be protected from crazy men, “pimps” and stupid law enforcement agents. Nevada is an example of how legalized prostitution could be implemented. So i guess it boils down to what would be in the legislation and how it protects the women!

  14. nnn

    June 21, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Ebuka, the question is whether you are in support of legalization of the industry or decriminalization of prostitutes?

    • Tiki

      June 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

      What’s the difference between both?

  15. Amina

    June 21, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Ebuka pays for sex. That’s all.

  16. Sel

    June 21, 2013 at 3:57 am

    He raised some valid points but apart from Religion, cultural arguments can be made as sex is seen to be sacred.

  17. the canadian

    June 21, 2013 at 4:25 am

    this is one of the smartest and focused Nigerian youth I’ve come across.. Bless your soul and heart Ebuka! Like this guy has something to offer us.. all we need do is listen and follow his lead…

    • Dorothy dandrigde

      June 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

      i’m gonna go out on a limb and assume you’re being sarcastic

  18. Mina

    June 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

    This guy is looking for something to cover how bad of a presenter he is on rubbing minds. What does he mean by apart from Religion? “Religion” is the basis of all morality and if he wants to prostitution legalized, we can start with his family members offering the services.

    • Tiki

      June 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Religion is NOT the basis of all morality, eg.
      – Islam encourages the killing of ‘infidels’. Does this make killing a moral virtue?
      – The Quaker religion, Hinduism, etc holds that homosexuality is not a sin. Does this mean it should not be seen as immoral?

  19. Rukky

    June 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

    You can’t be talking about legalizing prostitution–that’s so immoral!

    More money would be made from legalizing the holy herb and it can be controlled easier. Take for instance, if similar regulations like those imposed for alcohol and cigarettes are used in regulating Mary, then element of controlling society’s consumption of the product is sorted. Thus, you can’t argue that legalizing J will make people unruly.

    Scientific experiments have proved that the smoke from Jane doesn’t stay in the lung cavity for as long as the smoke from cigarettes do—I think statistics prove that Mary stays in your lung cavity for about three times less than the months it takes for the smoke from cigarettes to clear out from your lung cavity.

    Moreover, Jane has been proved to make people less depressed, happier and generally cool, calm and collected. If she is legalized, there is a very high probability that society will be less tensed and more subservient to the government. This means zero riots, book haram, jungle justice but to name a few. A truly green white green Nigeria—green with glee!

    Plus, unlike prostitution where there’s a high risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease, the chances of you getting deadly diseases from ‘taking your turn’ and passing it on are 1000 percent lower because there is no exchange of bodily fluids. However, in the case of amateur puffing and passing, there still is no risk because it takes gallons and gallons of saliva to get AIDS.

    In addition, if Nigeria legalizes the holy herb, Nigeria would become the Mecca of Africa with the likes of Lil wayne, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Lion and the much revered President George W Bush, religiously trooping into our great nation for recreational purposes. Thus, this would mean an increase in job production as more hotels, game parks, and other tourist attractions will be erected all over the country.
    This is change that we can all believe in.

    So, you see, we can’t legalize prostitution yet because we have more pressing issues to deal with first.
    (I have never smoked in my life —na play I dey play o)

  20. Adaeze

    June 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

    The best approach to prostitution crackdown is not arresting the buyer? They both commit the same crime and police goes after the seller only. Cut off demand, see if supply won’t go down. Next best approach is certainly legalising it. But in Nigeria, not just yet. And that’s because of the good reasons you are proffering here. Well done, BN.

  21. sue

    June 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

    He raised some valid points,but I still don’t agree with him,noone chooses to be a prostitute especially in nigeria where the standard of living is very low and people are struggling.
    Ebuka is smart and he sure knows what he is talking about,but legalising prostitution in nigeria is just wrong…
    First is the gay issue,now this,
    Pls let it just stop here.
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  22. yea

    June 21, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Kindly note that many crimes have its roots in religion. If not for religion why is it that attempted suicide is a crime? it is because religion frowns at killing irrespective of whose life it is.
    if i should follow your argument closely Mr Uchendu, it will then mean that with regulation a lady should be able to kill her unborn child if she satisfies the conditions stated in an enabling law.

  23. toolate

    June 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Nice one Ebuka but I think it’s a little too late. Go into your nearest general hospital and see the number of people with the HIV virus. approximately 3.5million people in Nigeria are said to have the virus and the majority are in our Major cities. ( as you know our data is never 100% accurate so this might be those who have done a test). How about those who haven’t? Make prostitution legal and these will be the first to sign up. The Nigerian healthcare system is horrible. But I agree, we use religion as a cover for so many things and do them behind closed doors instead. smh

  24. tessa

    June 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

    ebuka’s statements is dangerous.This will come to bite his arse 1 day when his daughter chooses prostitution as a “profession”. I hate people who don’t think.

    • Tiki

      June 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Is it when you don’t support prostitution that your daughter will not become one?

      And people should be careful about the pronouncements they make on other people’s lives – remember, if you curse someone who does not deserve it, the curse will go out, and return to you.

  25. dammy

    June 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Well those allen girls stand there and nobody stops them, you see policemen pass by and even stop to patronise them. Nobody says anything about it, if it was illegal shouldn’t they be arresting those girls, so i get ebuka’s point but at the same time, legalizing it might not be the best option. It all boils down to the lawlessness in this country.

  26. Geebabe

    June 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Prostitution is illegal in Nigeria but how many times have you heard that someone was sent to jail for it? The law is not enforced! Wikipedia states that Nigeria is a major exporter of prostitutes. Imagine that!
    We need to stop the hypocrisy.

  27. loveth .O

    June 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    @Truthhurts & Mina thanks for ur Comment

  28. Thatgidigirl

    June 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

    ebuka seeking relevance once again, hiss! However if the prostitutes are going to pay tax, they should bloody well go ahead. Prostitution is the oldest trade know to man, right or wrong it is here to stay.

  29. Angie

    June 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Thanks Nene and Truthhurts. I believe Ebuka is just looking for attention and traffic on his twitter handle. In summary, take religion out completely and let’s consider other reasons that have to do with morality, psychology, sociology and medicine. Haba Ebuka, is this the life you want for your mother, sisters and daughters? Is this your own life? Shame on you. There are thoughts that go through all our minds on a daily basis, such thoughts on homosexuality, thoughts on corruption, thoughts on sexual immorality, thoughts on divorce but when we remember our social, cultural and moral heritage we just pray for God’s wisdom and hope the world is a better place for our children in future, while we do the best to make the world a better place. We do not voice our sordid thoughts on paper or anywhere else it can be recorded against us because karma is a bitch and I pray that in a few years you won’t be having this discussion with your mother, wife, sister or daughter.

  30. Dorothy dandrigde

    June 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I wonder if ebuka would be this ‘open minded ‘ if his nieces Od…… and Om…. decided to pursue a career in prostitution? Prostitution is the worst that could ever happen to anyone. Instead of fighting to get it legalised how about fighting for basic education (at least to the secondary level) and job creation. I like Ebuka but i swear sometimes the man sounds like an educated fool!

  31. hot mama

    June 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    These so called thot provoking questions get as e be ooo!!! as Mina and some other pple have said above ‘religion is the basis for all morality’,and I wanna believe laws of land stemmed from religion…if we are gonna start asking questions like this then d next question I’m sure will be, ‘make a proper argument not based on religion as to why homosexuality is illegal’,…what is wrong is wrong…we should be more concerned with how to positively discourage people from these vices not giving excuses for them to be acceptable

  32. Partyrider

    June 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Netherlands legalised prostitution ,and according to them it was a move to help reduce sex slaves,and women trafficked for that would think,being a very developed country they would have proper law enforcement to see that everything falls into place.but guess what ,in the whole of Amsterdam it’s a 6man unit for this.only 6 policemen,so you can guess they do nothing.(these are facts from a documentary I watched,and a policeman was interviewed.dont know if at the moment it’s different)
    The irony,is that that move has increased the number of women trafficked for prostitution and the number of sex workers.(nigeria being among the 6 main countries in the world where these women are trafficed from)so tell me what aim was achieved? The only ‘positive’ for them is that they make millions of euros every year from people who flock into Amsterdam to see the famous red light district and then to smoke weed.
    Ebuka says “body parts given to them by God” ,so you Ebuka as a Christian and catholic you want to tell me that God gave us body (parts) to sell and satisfy our flesh on our “own terms” ? (If we were to go religious?) eh? Ok
    I can’t bring myself to even think or type the non religious side of this,but do we have proper infrastructures to enforce the laws if it is made legal? No..we don’t have clean water and we are even thinking this..bye

    See my brethren,it’s ok to be liberal oh..but remember that for everything you do,or SUPPORT you will answer for it.
    State the evil and don’t judge,but if you now want to be liberal and stay supporting pure evil and sin,you will answer…WE will all answer.yes and this is me going all religious on everybody.

  33. Amaka

    June 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This makes absolutely no sense. you cant exclude religion from it cos having sexual intercourse with someone has spiritual implications let alone having it with random people. Apart from this, it is wrong morally, totally degrading and dangerous. i cant even believe this guy came up with such a topic.

  34. lily

    June 21, 2013 at 10:16 am

    he is throwing questions….you throw answers without been insulting. i find ebuka to be an intelligent person and is probably just ruminating over things and not necessarily suggesting anything… so give your thoughts and arguments in an intelligent way.

  35. olajumoke

    June 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    @truthhurts,love your comment..we should rather ask him if he would marry a prostitute?not all things are beneficial…that makes it wrong dear ebuka…

  36. Sir Farouk

    June 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I think it should be legalized for the fact that if it is regulated, you will be able to ensure most of them get tested and help stop the flow of STDs. It will also protect the “call girls” from victimization and in some cases ritual killings and death. It will also increase the price making it unattractive for people to engage or participate in it.

    • hmm

      June 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

      From your name i can see you are a guy…everything you wrote = fail….in a country like Nigeria?…how could is the Nigerian medical system and follow up?.. you talk of increase in price..let me tell you it would attract more people and price would reduce as people would want to sell..protect call girls from ritual killings i laugh….Nigeria is not in place for such afraid

  37. Mama mia!!!

    June 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Ebuka, while I see your point, Please, I’ll like you to follow the lead by marrying one, taking in mind that it is just her daily job to put food on the table for both you and your family. After you have done that, We can then talk about making it legal!

    • Italian Princess

      June 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      God asked Hosea the prophet in the Bible to marry a whore. #Dazzall!

      *strolls past*

    • Naija talk

      June 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      to show how He despicable he thought Israel was, yet He still loved her. God will still accept the repentant ritual killer or prostitute, or government thief so what is your point? Silly line to use if you ask me

  38. Life is a tree

    June 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Loool my Naija people, pls let’s go easy on Ebuka. Haba people, we do not have to insult him for sharing his views. We may not accept his views but it doesn’t give us room to insult him. I totally do not support his views though we Nigerians hide alot under religion which regardless is what makes us a nation different. Our uniqueness beyond cultural values is our “strong faith in the supreme being-GOD’. However, we have so many issues on ground as a nation to deal with than legalizing prostitution. We are still standing as a nation with all our problems because of our so called “religiousness” if we allow so many things in right now like legalizing prostitution, homosexuality, etc we will be eroded and disappear within seconds as a nation
    So Ebuka, let’s talk about arresting culprits of child abuse, illegal sales of infants, rape culprits, empowering orphanages, educating people and couples on adoption, making adoption processes easy, building homes for our abandoned and homeless old men and women etc. Those are issues that will help and make the Nigerian citizen valued and appreciated, let’s talk, discuss and execute ways to help as citizens even if the government will not.
    You have shared your view Sir Ebuka but can we refocus more on our pressing needs? Thank you

  39. oyin

    June 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    People should recognise that Ebuka is a media personality 1
    and 2, these questions are direvcted to get people thinking and talking.

    the views he shares are necessarily not his personal ones.

    It is therefore unnecessary for people to direct reply’s to him personally (personal life outside the media).

    Express your views in reply to the question and not the sender..

    • oyin

      June 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm


  40. Liberty

    June 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    i disagreed with Ebuka,legalize prostitution in Nigeria nd increase d spread of H.I.V Aids nd other STD huh?

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