Kenyan girl fucked by her roomate 13 min Afrocam - 2. Transactional sex was once driven by poverty, says film-maker Nyasha Kadandara. Michael Soi, a well-known artist whose paintings satirise Kenya's culture of transactional sex, takes a similar but more cynical view, attributing the phenomenon more to laziness and a get-rich-quick mentality than to structural injustice. She is poor by the standards of middle-class Kenyans, often living hand-to-mouth, dancing for cash in a nightclub, and struggling to put her daughter through school. Mildred Ngesa, an ambassador for the global activist group Female Wave of Change, makes a similar argument.
Or is sponsor culture just another way in which the female body can be auctioned for the pleasure of men?
The lines are blurred. The best known of the Kenyan socialites is probably Vera Sidika, who went from dancing in music videos on to the set of the Nairobi Diaries, and from there launched a business career based on her fame and her physique. One of those who has succeeded is Bridget Achieng, a woman from the sprawling Nairobi slum of Kibera, who worked as a domestic servant - a house girl - but who gained a social media following on the back of a sexy photoshoot, and then found her way on to the cast of Nairobi Diaries. Dr Joyce Wamoyi from the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania says girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 have consistently been at higher risk of HIV infection than any other section of the population in sub-Saharan Africa. Or is sponsor culture just another way in which the female body can be auctioned for the pleasure of men? The answer is that in Kenya, and in some other African countries, "sugar" relationships seem to have become both more common and more visible: