Oyenuga Adedeji (PhD), Gabriel Ogbeyemi


Multiple sexual partnerships is not a new phenomenon; rather, it is in fashion and taking on several patterns in the 21st century Nigerian universities. Male students have more than one sexual partner and serially at regular interval. Although male with multiple sexual partners is believed to contribute to the spreading of HIV/AIDS, there are benefits associated with keeping multiple sexual partnerships. This paper focused on the rationale behind keeping multiple partners, coping strategies, and benefits of keeping and maintaining multiple sexual partners. This study adopted anomie, differential association, and social exchange theories. The study employed a qualitative research method. A total number of 40 In-depth interviews and four sessions of focus group discussion were conducted with participants that were purposively selected through snowballing across the faculties in the Lagos State University. Afterwards, snowballing sampling method was used. The study found that it is evident that multiple sexual partnerships are trendy in the higher institutions not only in Nigeria but around the globe. There was however no indicator that parental disciplinary traits possess an influence on ‘no sexual partnership’ or ‘one sexual partnership’. Multiple sexual partnerships is a trait learnt among friends in the school and even at home. It is seen as the ‘real deal’ and the number of partners informs the degree of respect. It is a form of competition among some friends. Multiple sexual partnerships is an indicator to high rate in the spread of STDs. The coping strategies employed include friend-zoning, maintaining multiple hostels, playing daddy among others.

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