People from Cross River as stereotypically known as “loose people”. However, a new documentary by BBC is now discrediting this handed-down belief and showing the reverse.
In Becheve tribe, in Obanliku LGA, Cross River, parents are appreciative of their daughters (money woman) because they are propelled by the belief that they will be used to settle off debts. With some of these girls as young as six, some are used to play bets, settle hospital bills while others are given off for as little as N3500. Here, a 10-year-old girl is considered as ripe for marriage and is taught to cook and clean.
The age-long practice imposes that a woman has the roles of having children and bringing money into the home. She is allowed to bring in the man (her customer) to her home and can have sex with him as long as it is not done on the matrimonial bed.