Slayqueen and Slayking are not new words to many. These words are used to refer mostly to college students aged 18-24 years who look for older partner aged 45 to about 65 also known as “sponsors" for a relationship in return for monetary benefits.
This is brought about by the high rate of unemployment in the country. Young people opt for sponsors to escape the scars of poverty.
The National Aids Control Council (NACC) says that 40 people aged between 15 to 24 years get infected with HIV/AIDS everyday. The infection rate in Kenya for women stands at 7 percent while that of men stands at 4.8 percent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the “sponsor" culture has become the leading cause of youths contractions HIV/AIDS as it is accelerated by the internet worldwide.
Here is a student of Kenyatta University, who we named Jane after requesting her identity to be sealed telling her story in the hands of sponsors.“Personally I was driven into relationship with sponsors because of the severe poverty back at home, my mother could barely raise my school fees together with that of my four siblings. A friend in the university saw my situation and introduced me to some older men she knew. At first, I was hesitant because of the risks involved like contracting HIV/Aids and STIs but the flow of money and gifts made me comply,” said Jane.
Jane said that she was able to cater for her financial needs but with the illicit relationship, came with it challenges. She used to receive threats from wives of these men. At one point, she was involved in a fierce fight with another woman who found her in the act with the husband in bed. Worst of it all, she contracted HIV/AIDS.
Many youths like Jane are suffering out there some willfully while others poverty pushes them to do so.
What do you think can be done to eradicate the “sponsor" narrative?
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