Well, that’s one way to get attention. Adokiye Kyrian, a Nigerian pop singer, ruffled some feathers this week when she (jokingly?) offered up her virginity if the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram would release the 200+ school girls they kidnapped back in April. She told Vanguard’s Showtime:
“This is 11 p.m. in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange. They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.”
Despite saying that she is “older and more experienced,” 23-year-old Adokiye has said she is a virgin and that the man who she loses her virginity to should buy her mother a private jet.
Adokiye may have been well-meaning, but given that her offering is insincere, it’s actually sort of callous to the kidnapped girls and their families. She’s not really putting her virginity on the market. She’s not really giving up everything she has in life to be sexually assaulted by “10 to 12 men every night.” (And obviously no woman should have to do that at all; the Nigerian government should get their fucking shit together.)
One the other hand, at least Adokiye’s comments draw attention — however negative — back to #BringBackOurGirls, which has not been a front page story of late.
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