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27 January 2013

‘My husband’s death forced me into prostitution’ - Wife

Blessing Udeh, a mother of three children in her late 40's, who seemed to have had a 'seemingly good life with her husband' said she was forced to go into prostitution when he died. Udeh recently seen


behind Mass Park in Zuba, Abuja could be described as "your everyday type of woman", although one could never have been able pick anything in her 'gait or looks' to suggest that she a prostitute (oldest profession in the world).


The recent visit of the Global Fund on Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria monitoring team led by Andrew Hurst to Nigeria gives a detailed insight of the life of commercial sex workers.

It was easy to get Udeh to speak as she fought her emotions.
"My husband died and left no money for the family. So, I had to fend for myself by joining the business (prostitution) to keep body and soul together." She finally spoke up
In her confession, she said she had a fairly good life, as a full time housewife, with her husband who was in solely charge of the family's upkeep until his death.

She also disclosed that it was as a result of the devastating effect of the demolition exercise carried out by the former minister of the Federal Capital, Mallam Nasir el- Rufai that claimed the life of her husband.

"The building my husband built in Karmo was demolished by El-Rufai. This affected my husband so much that he couldn't rise up financially again after that. It was the effect of the demolition that affected him and he died eventually. After his death, my children and I were thrown into abject poverty. There was no where we could start from and nobody or even relations were willing to help us. It got so bad that my children who had dropped out from school, and I were begging daily for sustenance."

In her claim, Udeh, said she had embraced the profession recently when all else failed. She disclosed that 'life too in the fast lane is not as rosy' as she thought.

According to her, she makes between N500 and N2, 000 a night which is meagre compared to the amount they pay for lodgings at the brothel.

"We pay N5, 400 for accommodation weekly and I have not even gotten enough to pay this week's rent," she said as at the time of conducting this interview.

Ceasing the opportunity, Udeh appealed to the Federal government, well-meaning and wealthy Nigerians to come to her aid.