Beyond Money and Gifts: Social Capital as Motivation for Cross-generational Dating among Tertiary School Female Students in South West Nigeria

By Ayobami Ojebode, 'Dimeji Togunde and Abimbola Adelakun.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Cross-generational dating is a global practice which has engaged the attention of scholars from across the social sciences and beyond. Despite the differences in the backgrounds of scholars, most have conceived cross generational dating as motivated simply by money and gifts and the satisfaction of immediate and short-term needs. This ethnographic study conducted among students on three Nigerian campuses shows that cross generational dating among Nigerian undergraduate students is motivated by the need to strengthen their social capital base. Younger partners date older ones in order to get connected for job and other placements; receive assistance with visa procurement and enhance their own in-group worth or rating. Older partners date younger ones to receive succor when their homes or jobs are troubled. Cross-generational dating, we discovered, is not a lone-ranging act but a practice that involves networking as well as different forms of pressure among ladies. Cross-generational dating may be a global phenomenon, but it wears local colors and carries local nomenclatures. Contextualizing its study is therefore important to our understanding.

Keywords: Cross-generational Dating, Social Capital, Peer Pressure, Jeer Pressure, Cheer Pressure, Nigerian Undergraduates, Aristo, Runs, Parole, Relationships

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.169-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 686.757KB).

Dr. Ayobami Ojebode

Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Dr. Ayobami Ojebode holds a PhD in Development Communication from the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Currently a Senior Lecturer, he teaches communication research, development communication and communication ethics.

Prof. 'Dimeji Togunde

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology/Sociology , Ethnic Studies Program, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, USA

Dr. Dimeji Togunde received a Ph.D. degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. He is Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Anthropology/Sociology, and Director of Ethnic Studies Program at Albion College, Michigan, USA, where he holds the John S. Ludington Endowed Professorship in the Social Sciences.

Abimbola Adelakun

Journalist, News Gathering/Reporting Section, Punch Newspapers, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Ms. Abimbola Adelakun earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a journalist with PUNCH newspapers, Lagos, Nigeria. She is the author of ‘Under the Brown Rusted Roofs’, a full length novel.


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