Apparently, the commercial séx hawkers made fortunes from randy athletes and officials who stormed the Centre of Excellence for the bi-annual festival. Some of them shared their experiences with Sunday Tribunesport. Hence, in separate interviews with Sunday Tribunesport, ladies of easy virtues, at the popular Ayilara joint, Ojuelegba, narrated that their business soared during the games as they made huge profits on a daily basis from the visitors who could not hold themselves while the festival lasted.
One of them, Cynthia, who came to Lagos five years ago from Enugu, gave kudos to the Lagos State government for hosting the festival at a time the economy was taking its toll on their business. According to her, “I was in Lagos during the period when the state hosted the (FIFA U-17) World Cup three years ago. I made money but not as much as I made during this festival because many more officials attended this one, so I am happy with our governor for the hosting as I have made some cool cash from it,” she said.
Also, another sex hawker who gave her name as Florence from Akwa Ibom State stated that she made nothing less than eight thousand naira (N8,000) daily, depending on the bargaining power for a night, adding that this was the best time of her career since she moved to Lagos three years ago.
Yet another prostitute, Onome, from Edo State, claimed that during the sport festival, her daily saving was not less than N10,000, being, as she put it, one of the hottest “babes around”. “I really enjoyed myself during the festival because of the number of participants who came to the state,” Onome said.