9 Nigerian Women Talk About Being Drugged

November 10, 2020

Someone knowing that they cannot have sex with a woman unless she is incapable of movement, speech or general control of her senses is the only cause of women being drugged. We spoke to 9 Nigerian women on their experience being drugged.

Context warning: Stories could be triggering for people who have either been raped or drugged before, because the article makes a lot of reference to those two activities.

Amanda, 25

The first time I ever had sex, I was drugged and raped. It was a cold day, and he offered to take me a few minutes from the bus stop to his house where I could wait till the rain stopped. We were coursemates and in year one. I did not think much of it until I woke up in the visitor’s bedroom with pain down there. That was when I realised that the tea he insisted on me drinking to get warmed up was drugged.

Bukky, 27

It was in 2013, and I was 20. I was invited to a party by a friend, and I had some drinks before I went so I was already slightly tipsy, but I was fine. The “mistake” I made was collecting a drink from someone I did not know. I thought I was safe, considering the fact that it was my friend’s party. The last thing I remember from that night was dancing and making out with this girl I liked. My next memory was at five the next morning. I found myself in my “friend’s” car, and he was trying to make me give him a blow job. I felt so much pain in my body, especially in my ass. It hurt so bad that I couldn’t sit down for a few days. I tried to piece back that night for a year. Nothing. No memory.

Stella, 26

It was in night class while I reading for an exam when it happened. I bought a coke because it usually helps me stay awake. I drank like half of it, covered it and went to get some fresh air. It was so unlike me, and I was usually guarded, but I thought nobody goes to night class to drug people. When I came back, I started reading, drank some more of the coke but could not finish it. My friend came to the class to see me and took a sip of my coke. That was when she asked me why I put Rophynol in my drink. She told me she could taste it, and she was sure there was a drug in my coke. I do not take drugs, so I couldn’t detect it. I ended up sleeping throughout the night, and I am so lucky she was there.

Tobi, 24

I was 20 when I got drugged. I was hanging out with a guy I was talking to and his friends. His friend asked me to taste a new mix he made. Since it was my first time seeing him, I was not comfortable drinking from his glass. I told him that, and he offered to pour some into mine, but I refused and stuck to what I was drinking. I later noticed that the glass he wanted me to drink from was untouched, so I got really paranoid and decided to stop drinking from the bottles on the table. Eventually, I decided to switch to cocktails from the bar.

On one of my trips to the bar, the waiter told me about a new drink they had. He said it was on the house because it was new. I drank like half a glass and started feeling woozy. I thought maybe the new drink was too strong, so when I told the guy I was with and he kept insisting I finish the drink, I knew something was wrong, so I panicked and started crying. He said I was just having an anxiety attack and should relax, it would pass. He asked that I drink more alcohol, that it usually helps.

We got to his house, and luckily, my friend’s brother was waiting for me at the gate. He said his sister sent him to get me because I was not picking my calls. When I woke up the next morning, my friend’s brother and I went to the bar with some security guys. After the threats, the waiter said it was my “boyfriend” that told him to put something in the drink, that it was to make me perform well in bed.

Hey, HER has a newsletter. Please sign up

Janet, 21

I was 18 at the time and had just gained admission into the university. I made friends with some guys in 400 level. One day, one invited me over to his place. He gave me yoghurt that was probably mixed with something. I drank and felt really weak and light-headed. I knew I was not in control, could not move or do anything. He and his friend raped me. I remember sleeping and waking up around 12 p.m. the next day. They threatened me, telling me that they would hurt me really bad if I told anyone. I felt so guilty and scared that I could not leave my room for a while.

Amaka, 26

When I was 16, I worked for a family friend who sold recharge cards and phones. I took home our products at the end of each day. One day, a customer bought 10,000 worth of airtime, which was a big deal back then. He did this twice, and the third time, he offered to drop me off at home. I accepted and went home with. The second time he dropped me off, he came with drinks. I did not suspect they were drugged because they were canned drinks, and in movies, they only drug juice in cartons. This all happened around 8 p.m.

In his car, I felt woozy, so I asked him to let me go. He yelled at me instead and accelerated. I jumped out of the car and started begging people to drop me off at home. I got home around 12 a.m.

My parents and sister took me to the police station, only for us to find my boss there making a complaint. Apparently, he came to report me to the police because I was a prostitute who ran away with his money. He had assumed I stole the leftover products I took home that day. I was detained and slept in the police cell for three days before they let us pay bail. They caught the “customer” a month later. My family friend never apologised.

Joy, 24

I was in uni. Electricity and my generator were bad, so I, my roommate and our friend went to charge in our neighbour’s room. He left us in the room and stepped out. When he returned, he came with three cans of black bullet and a bottle of Chapman. He mixed it all in our presence, and we drank from the same cup. We suspected nothing, plus he seemed like a decent guy. The next morning when my roommate and I woke up, we were groggy. After we returned to our room, the guy kept asking for our friend, who refused to see him.

She told us that she noticed that whenever the cup got to him, he didn’t tip it back, and his lips were dry, so she decided not to drink anything as well. When we dozed off, he returned with two other guys who lived in the compound, and they were groping us, Unknown to them, my friend was not asleep, and she had a knife with her that she had gotten from the kitchen. She brought out the knife, threatened to shout and when they left, locked us inside his house. He confessed and brought some cult boys to threaten us. We moved out a few weeks later. I have not seen him since, but he is a doctor. I randomly wonder if he drugs his patients, and the thought makes me shiver each time.

Princess, 20

The first time I was drugged was also the day I was raped. It was in 2019, and I went out to the club with my friends for a birthday. There was this PRO guy who kept bringing us drinks and cigarettes. When we started dancing, he handed me a cup with some alcohol and I took a sip. Next thing I knew, I felt too weak to stand, my sight became blurry and I had to go outside to sit. The bastard came to comfort me outside, took me somewhere to lay down, and then I passed out. The drugs really messed me up. For days I was dehydrated, and I slept for almost an entire day after the incident.

Cynthia, 28

Last year I went for a party with my best friend that is a guy. We usually go for these kind of events together, but when we got to the party we separated because we saw other friends. While we were just chilling, the drink in my hand finished and someone put another in my hand. I mentioned to my friend that I do not know what possessed me to just collect a drink from a stranger. When I sniffed it, I realised it was a whiskey mix and I do not like whiskey, so I said I was going to dump it. My friend jokingly said he would take the poison for me, so I gave him. I was off Twitter for a while, so when I came back about a month after the incident he messaged me. He said I was right to not drink it, because after he drank it he could not remember anything after, but found himself in a friend’s house on the mainland.

I try to imagine I would have been safe with my best friend if I had drank it, but anything could have happened. I could have left without his knowledge.

If you want more HER content, click here

Hey, once again here to remind you that if you like the work we are doing, you can support us with your monies

Zikoko Donation Banner

Help Zikoko keep making the content you love

More than ever, people are turning to Zikoko for stories that matter and content they love. But still, we, like many media organisations, are feeling the financial heat of these times. If you find us valuable, please make a contribution to help keep Zikoko zikoko-ing.

Thank you for your support.

We are also cool with Crypto.

Donation Close
Zikoko Logo

Complete Your Commitment

Donation confirm

Your Contribution is confirmed! Amount

Itohan Esekheigbe

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

November 27, 2020

Women are often overlooked in conversations about marital infidelity, thanks to the notion that women aren’t very inclined to cheat on their spouses. I spoke to six married women who have had relationships without their husbands’ knowledge. They had some pretty interesting stories. Editorial note: This article was updated to include Chidinma’s entry which was […]


Now on Zikoko

January 25, 2021

It is common knowledge – at least common Twitter knowledge – that the skincare routine of most Nigerian men begins and ends with a bar of soap and vaseline. For many of the men we spoke with, they don’t see why they should care that much about their skin but others are actively taking time […]

January 25, 2021

If there’s one thing about Zikoko quizzes, it’s that they are surprisingly accurate. Today, we’re asking a simple question: What makes you dateable? Is it your sense of humour or your brains? Don’t answer, take this quiz and we’ll tell you:

Recommended Quizzes

November 11, 2019

Everyone has something to say about what kind of person they are. But how well do we truthfully evaluate these things? Not that much, I can assure you. The average person is always lying to themselves to make sure they look good. But you know what and who doesn’t lie? Zikoko quizzes that’s what. Take […]

October 29, 2019

We are going to be attempting to guess when you’ll marry based on your favourite Nigerian foods. What does your fave swallow have to do with when you’ll tie the knot? Please, don’t ask complicated questions. This quiz is rigorous and accurate (don’t quote us), so just take it already. QUIZ: Why Do You Have […]

April 3, 2020

While the rest of the world loves to treat our continent like a country, there are actually 54 African countries. So, in a bid to test your knowledge (and educate you), we’ve created a quiz to see how many of their capitals you can correctly name. Go ahead:

November 30, 2019

With No Nut November FINALLY coming to an end, we’ve decided to mark the torturous month with some more horny content. After quizzes that guessed how many people you’ve slept with, how good you are in bed and who you’ll sleep with next, this one will guess when next you’ll get lucky. Take it to […]

how much of an ajebutter
February 12, 2020

Are you an ajebutter or not? Well, if you’ve gone through life blissfully unaware of its harshness, then you probably are. Now, we want to know just how high you rank on that ajebutter scale, using your food preferences as a (very accurate) measure. Take to find out:

More from Her

January 22, 2021

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is also known as female circumcision and it is the cutting of some or all of the external female genitalia. It has been criminalized in some countries, but not all. Unfortunately, there have been millions of women who have been victims of this act. Six African women talk about their experience […]

January 20, 2021

The subject of this week’s What She Said is Ijeoma Ogwuegbu, a Nigerian woman who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread pain all over the body. She talks about how difficult it was to get a diagnosis, coping with it while raising three children and how music helps her escape.

January 19, 2021

When it comes to period products, there are a lot of things that need to change. A lot. So, we made a list with the help of the people of Twitter 1) Price They are too expensive. Period products should be free, because nobody chose to have their period. These products are essential, and nobody […]

January 18, 2021

What is it like loving women as a woman? Seven African women tell us about the experience. Hadiza, 20, Nigerian I expected it to be easier. I expected dating women to make me feel more safe and less insecure. The safety part is true, but the easy part is not. Women are challenging. Dating them […]

January 15, 2021

Dear men, you never know what to do after you send a woman pictures? Well, we are here to help. 1) Send us money Looking at your beautiful pictures has caused us eye pains because your beauty is blinding. You have to pay for eye treatments. 2) Buy us a new wig Your beauty just […]

January 14, 2021

Infertility is something Nigerian women sometimes struggle with. With a lot of importance placed on women’s ability to have children, what happens when you cannot? Four Nigerian women share their individual struggles with infertility. Kemi My sister is 40, and has been trying for a baby for about ten years. I think few years into […]

What She Said
January 13, 2021

For this week’s what she said, we talk to Uju Anya, a 44-year-old woman. She tells us about leaving Nigeria with her mum because of her abusive dad, discovering she is lesbian, not bisexual, and becoming an atheist. Let’s start from the beginning. Where did you grow up? I was born in the city of […]

January 11, 2021

A hijabi can be explained as a muslim woman who wears a hijab. We got 10 Nigerian women to share why they started wearing a hijab, and how being a hijabi is dealing with a lot of identity erasure, stereotyping, fetishization, and Boko Haram “jokes”. Halima, 22 I was motivated to start wearing the hijab […]

January 5, 2021

After asking some Nigerian women to share why they do not want children, we asked some that do have children if they regret the decision. These four Nigerian women share why they regret having kids. Abimbola, 44 Maybe regret might be a strong word because I absolutely adore my children, but since I turned forty, […]


Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.