Socio-Historical Conception of Albinism and the Corollary Effect on Albinos’ Sexuality in South Western Nigeria


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Sociology & Anthropology


The conception of albinism and the plight facing persons with albinism (PWA) in southwestern Nigeria has long been viewed and over emphasized from the biomedical and experienced discrimination netted on them. However there are paucity of information on the socio-historical conception of albinism and the corollary effect on albinos’ sexuality. This study seeks to provide reasonable answers to the following research questions: What are the socio-cultural barriers facing PWA in the formation of identity and sexual negotiations? What are the factors affecting sexual relationships of PWA? What are the cultural barriers hindering sexual relationships between PWA and People without Albinism? How do PWA express their sexual urges between persons without albinism? What are the gender dimensions towards sexual advances? How do familial influences affect sexual relationships of PWA? Methodologically participant observation, in-depth interviews with key informants, and focus group discussion will be adopted in eliciting data for this monograph.