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Book Review: African Sex Education 

Title: African Sex Education: Chronicles and Manual
Author: Boniface Wewe
Publisher: iUnivsere Books, Bloomington, USA
Reviewer: Azore Opio

If you haven’t read this book, then you haven’t read anything truly delightful. The controversial theme, here, one would say, is sex. Or Sexology. It is an odyssey into the world of sex, adventure and new things, as the author puts it.

The paperback, virtually a handbook of instructions on how to break the barriers to bedroom bliss, might appeal to the modern younger generation of Africans, but is likely to put off the gentlemen and ladies of the old school, considering the unmasked erotic language the author employs. And the “unthinkable” recommendations for p#@*y eating.

The introduction, alone, is breathtaking. A paragraph in the introduction runs something like this; “During my trip from Douala, Cameroon, to Johannesburg, South Africa, I sat next to a young man who grew up in Buea, is half my age, and now resides in Cape Town; Stanley Jing. I don’t know how our discussion progressed but I found myself revealing that I am ‘a professor of Sexology.’ I asked him, in our indirect African way, if he ate ‘Full Course Meal” (cunnilingus) and was impressed by his confirmatory answer.

“This young man told me he had dated women from the main tribes of South Africa like the Zulus, Xhosas and Sothos. He said the Zulu women are very loyal like the Bafut. This was confirmed by a friendly flight attendant. I also heard that the Xhosa women are freaks (very open) in bed.

In fact, it is said that a Xhosa girl goes to the night club, checks out the kind of dude she wants, takes him home, gets her groove on in different positions ad styles and the following day she dumps him and moves on. At least they are open in bed like the Bamum woman of Cameroon as it is said that a Bamum woman rocks a man in bed by taking control. There are some few exceptions, then, to the rule of sexual conservatism.”

Reading Wewe, besides giving you painful erections, one gets the impression that he is effectively advocating sexual liberalism for the African woman. And the man. He captures the stalemate between Western sexual liberalism and African sexual shyness, as it were. Evidence of this keeps on leaping in the twenty or so chapters; African sex euphemisms, foreplay and sexual discussions for African teens and adults, wild sex stints, God’s gifts to women and men getting their grooves back to oral sex and throat cancer; up to women shaving it!

Wewe is well aware that sex as practised in America is different from Africa. He, nevertheless, advocates that “the African should and must adapt to the needs of the 21st century and this must extend to our bedrooms”; that enjoying a full course meal (oral sex) is not bad fashion and doesn’t cause cancer.

Wewe practically preaches the liberalization of sexual intercourse in Africa, a la the West; “refine the way we do it in Africa and move beyond bitter kola and Guinness glace…and aphrodisiacs which render our sex a mere ‘appetizer'”. This is cruel to our women, argues Wewe. Shun that shyness, the sexologist says. He discusses sex, taboos and curiosity but offers a golden piece of advice to girls born out of Cameroon to be careful when they are dating; “our girls should never kiss their dates in the presence of grandpa or grandma who just arrived from home, let alone boast about a boyfriend or girlfriend in their presence.

When our boys or girls attend African socials and other functions, they should always remember one cardinal rule when dancing: no physical contact under any circumstances; they should dance like Our Lady of Lourdes and Sacred Heart Colleges in Bamenda…”

“African Sex Education: Chronicles and Manual” is a good read, boils your blood to vapour and easily gives you back your groove. If you had lost it. It ends with a detailed “full course” innovative menu for the African and 21st century sex.

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