Condoms have become widely accepted in Nigeria as a means of sexual disease prevention and as a means of contraception. Though condoms have existed in Nigeria for many years, it became popular in the 1990’s when the HIV/AIDS scourge became an issue in the country. It also gained traction when the Nigerian government was canvassing a reduction in population with the Family Planning Programme. Today, according to the Society for Family Health, more men have embraced the use of condoms and more ladies are demanding their partners use one.
With the increase in usage comes an increase in demand and supply for the commodity. Many manufacturers have found ways to make condoms more attractive and do more than what they are intended for. Condoms have stopped being the boring rubber you roll on before sex, they are now articles of pleasure and fun. Manufacturers are finding more ways of making them more desirable in order to edge over their competitors.
Society for Family Health is PSI’s network member in Nigeria.