Is it a dealbreaker whether your partner is a throat goat or not? Seven Nigerian men share their deepest, darkest opinions about sex in relationships with Zikoko.

Laser*, 38, Lagos

Does sexual experience matter to you?

I’m very open to teaching my partner from scratch. I’m patient and always excited to teach.

What’s your ideal sexual experience?

One where we have a conversation before we meet up. We’re clear about expectations and what we’re open to. Then when we meet, we build up to it, letting the tension rise. Lots of foreplay and leading each other around our bodies, the erogenous zones, exploring kinky things we’re both into. Aftercare when we’re done, proper cuddling and conversations.

How important is sexual compatibility to you?

Extremely important. No matter how much I love a person, if sexual compatibility is absent, it’s a waste of time.

Is it a dealbreaker? 

No. But she must have an adventurous mindset. It’s only if she’s rigid and not open to exploring that I’ll have an issue. That’s when it would be a dealbreaker.

What’s your most memorable sexual experience? 

My first penetrative sex felt like an audition because she was the one with all the experience. She tried to relax me — I was open about my inexperience — but that didn’t stop me from feeling pressured. I did it with the mindset of someone who had something to prove, someone who needed to put on a world class performance. 

I actually lasted, but omo, I was thrusting like my life was on the line. I don’t want to imagine what I looked like with all that concentration and determination. I wasn’t ready for a relationship, so we parted ways soon after.

Nicholas, 27, Ibadan

Do you consider sexual experience when seeking out a relationship?

It’s something I think about, however briefly.

Ideal sexual experience?

Having some knowledge is a big plus. If she knows her body well enough that it’s not the blind leading the blind, that’s a good lower threshold. I have my basic practices, but everybody is different, so I expect to learn on the job as well.

Is lack of experience a dealbreaker?

Is this a thinly veiled body count question? I don’t consider lack of experience a dealbreaker. Too much might be, depending on how she acquired the XP (experience).

What’s too much?

After a certain age, being “too experienced” is expected. But if you move like Zidane in ’06, but you’re Messi in ’06, question marks on what necessitated such hypersexuality in your life. Aspects of your history will require a conversation.

On a scale of 1 – 10, how important is sexual compatibility to you? 

Sex is important, and it’s enjoyable for both parties. Therefore, anything that contributes to it is vital… so I’d say 8.

What’s your most memorable sexual experience?

This one time, I was working from home because my girl and I had fought. I was trying to make amends, but the work day was nearly over, and she still wasn’t happy with me. Then in the middle of a meeting, she became frisky. Having to pause mid-stroke to unmute and give an update was funny.

Sambo*, 31, Lagos

Do you consider sexual experience when seeking out a relationship?

Not really. There are other factors to consider, like shared beliefs, values and interests or money habits.

Lack of sexual experience isn’t a deal breaker?

I don’t really have any. I always consider moderation. Someone who’s experienced might have issues getting along with someone who isn’t because they’ve been exposed to a level of kink they may desire at any time. To avoid stories that touch, let inexperienced people stick with fellow inexperienced people, abeg. 

On a scale of 1 – 10, how important is sexual compatibility to you? 


What’s your most memorable sexual experience?

I met this person for the first time, we hung out, and the connection was there. That same day, we found ourselves at my place. We had sex, and it was so good. I didn’t expect that on a first date, but I’ll take it.

Ola, 25, Oyo

Does sexual experience matter to you?

Yes. Bring your A game, abeg.

Your ideal sexual experience?

Sex with someone who hasn’t been everywhere. Too much experience can be a dealbreaker for me because what do I want to show you again? 

Sexual compatibility for you, on a scale of 1 – 10? 


That one memorable sexual experience?

My partner was so good, it felt like she wanted to take my life. The foreplay and sex were intense because we both knew what to do, perhaps, too much.

Deji, 30, Abuja

Does sexual experience matter to you?

It’s a plus, but not a prerequisite. I don’t think anything is too much or less. If it’s on the low end, there’s the opportunity to teach her what I like. If it’s on the other end of the spectrum, there’s the opportunity for me to learn new things.

Your ideal partner?

One who’s willing to try new things and explore my body to discover what I like. She doesn’t have to be a pro.

Sexual compatibility for you, on a scale of 1 – 10?

Omo, I’ll give it an 8. However, sex isn’t everything, and I think compatibility can be worked on.

A memorable sexual experience?

I’ve had my fair share, but one that sticks is when the other person made mouth about their game then fell short. I had to shuffle between faking pleasure or hurting their feelings. I don’t know the film the babe watched, but she was biting me “there” and all over my body. She kept making animal sounds while she was doing it. I took the pain in good faith till we were done. 

Sexual experience isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’s nice to have someone who knows their shit. It’s also something that can be learnt, if you guys are on the same page. 

Abisola, 33, Lagos

Do you consider sexual experience when seeking out a relationship?

When I was younger, it used to be at the top of my list. But now, I know you can teach your partner how to please you and vice versa. 

Can you describe the ideal sexual experience?

I want to be sated at the end of every rump. And I hope to satisfy my partner too. That’s it for me.

Do you consider lack of or too much sexual experience a dealbreaker in your relationship? 

Well, not really. Whether she has too much sex or too little, there’s usually a reason for it. You don’t usually find partners with equal levels of sexual experience. The partner with more experience can teach the other who has less knowledge.

One can tell if their proposed partner has been in the streets for a long time. And frankly, that’s their business. As far as we both agree to be committed to each other, I’m good.

On a scale of 1 – 10, how important is sexual compatibility for you? 


Juwon, 36, Sagamu

Do you consider sexual experience when seeking out a relationship?

I don’t.

Do you consider the lack of or too much sexual experience a dealbreaker? 

It doesn’t matter to me like that. In fact, some of my relationships weren’t sexual.

On a scale of 1 – 10, how important is sexual compatibility for you?

Let’s say 6.5.

Do you have an unforgettable sexual experience?

This supposed baddie I encountered freaked out after seeing my penis and decided to throw in the towel before the main event began.



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