A new Channel 4 documentary ‘Sex on The Beach’ has got many people talking as it explores Gambia to see if it is possible to find love, or if differences in age, race and wealth get in the way.
On the show, Gambian local Alka has had a string of relationships with European tourists over the last 15 years.
The 32-year-old has been used in the past by countless older women seeking out younger Gambian men for sex and relationships.
“Sometimes they are not good tourists they are holidaymakers. They come to f*** you and leave you. And they dump you,” he says.
While some see it as a bit of harmless fun, the truth is far more complicated – and it’s unclear exactly who is exploiting who and reporter Seyi Rhodes visits the West African country to find out.
After some upsetting experiences, Alka is now engaged to a Belgian woman called Francoise, who he believes is 85-years-old, The Mirror writes.
Following their wedding, it’s later revealed this is not her actual age in a surprising twist.
Alka has been with many European holidaymakers who fly over to The Gambia just for sex, but he insists his new romance is the real deal.
When asked if he is really attracted to his sugar granny, Alka claims they have a healthy sex life.
“Of course, I do everything with her. Nice to be nice. We have limits of course. Not every day,” he cheekily admits.
Alka insists he has never asked one of his older lovers for money, but confesses they freely “give it” to him.
He reveals Francoise has already gifted him “sixty thousand Euros”, which is the equivalent to £54,000 – and in return he gives her happiness and sex.
Alka has used her money to purchase an acre of land so he can build them a home, but she has not seen it yet and has no idea where the money is going.
In addition to that, Francoise sends him 300 Euros a month for food money.
When asked if he is ready for his future wife getting older, Alka says: “I want her to die in my arms.”
Pointing to a plot in his backyard where he wants to bury her, he adds: “She wants to die here with me.”
While Seyi believes his current intentions are good, with Alka claiming it is not a scam and he will never leave Francoise, the reporter admits the Gambian might change his mind in few years when she gets older.
During a phone call with Francoise, she explains that Alka has given her a “second life” and makes her feel like a “newborn baby”.
“I just lost my best friend, she died from cancer, and I just feel I have the same relationship with him as I had with my best friend,” she adds.
But there is a surprising twist when Seyi accidentally spills the beans to Alka’s mother, who had no idea her son was marrying a woman supposedly just two years younger than her.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Seyi is unable to make it to the wedding but is sent a video of the big day.
The happy couple are seen putting their rings on during the service before having a romantic kiss on the beach.
In a bizarre move, Alka is then seeing holding a wad of cash and throwing notes down from on top of a car to all his friends and family.
Seyi believes this is to signify proof that Alka has made it and become everything he set out to be.
The reporter also notices that Francoise does not look like an 85-year-old and that none of her friends or family are in attendance.
During a follow-up call with Alka, it’s revealed that Francoise is actually 58, much younger than first thought.
“Maybe I forgot what i told you. In Gambia we don’t care about ages. It is just a number,” says Alka.
Another intriguing story is that of Michelle, 58, who has recently married a Gambian man to secure their relationship.
Concerns are raised over the age of Michelle’s husband, Ebou, who claimed he was nearly 50, but then confesses he is actually 46.
“I found out he wasn’t 50 when we got married,” admits Michelle. “He said he was gonna be 50 but I knew he wasn’t 50 because I saw it on the paperwork when we were married.”
But the confusion over Ebou’s age raises concerns over what else he might not be telling the truth about.
Michelle and her younger husband have moved into a massive villa that he spent four years building before they met.
When questioned as to how he can afford it, Ebou says: “I’m an engineer. I work as a plumber at the president’s office for 12 years now.”
But Seyi then asks why he designed such a big house when he was single at the time.
Ebou claims it was for his future family and reveals he spent £80,000 doing the place up – using money he made from big contracts outside of his government work.
Michelle insists she has never paid her husband any money, but Seyi doesn’t believe he is getting the full picture due to the inconsistencies.
More suspicions are raised when Seyi’s driver reveals the house has a rental sign outside, appearing to signal that Ebou has rented it for Michelle’s stay or is looking to rent it out in secret.
At Ebou’s family home, he finally gets time alone with Michelle and questions whether she is being scammed.
Michelle says she has seen the sign herself and it’s been left up from years ago, but Seyi admits he is worried for her.
Also out in The Gambia is P, who says she goes out to have fun and has been four times in one year.
When asked if she feels immoral, the 60-year-old replies: “I don’t feel morally nothing. It’s my noo-noo. I do what I want with my noo-noo. You’ve got to kiss how many frogs before you find your prince.
“I’ve done it so many times I have a bingey drink, one night stand then say take your socks and everything and go, bye.”
During their second meeting, Seyi discovers P has fallen in love with a 49-year-old local man known as ‘Bob The Builder’.
When asked how she saw in the New Year, P says: “My New Year’s Eve was a bang. His name is Bob The Builder, we had a lovely two days.
“One needed a soak. One needed to sterilise oneself… soak the wounds.”
P put her foot down from day one and explained to B if he ever asked for anything he would not see her again, but believes he is different to most of the other locals.
“Being here, it refreshes you. It makes you feel alive,” she says.
“If you have someone beside you, no matter how old you get, you share that always. As long as these old legs keep going I’ll still be there at 80.
Revealing that the country makes her feel youthful again and gets rid of her knee and back pain, P breaks down in tears.
Breaking down in tears, she says she feels young and doesn’t even suffer with the knee and back pain she does in the UK.
It’s later revealed that she has gone back to The Gambia and has become engaged to Bob.
Seyi, who first went to The Gambia 15 years ago, still remembers the shock at seeing so many older, female tourists with much younger local boyfriends.
After stepping off the plane he is stunned to see countless passengers, including one who was on his flight, being greeted by much younger men.
The main strip of bars has a “seedy” feel to it, and Seyi says it feels ‘degrading” watching the men standing outside the bars waiting to pick up a pensioner.
He says: “What I do find troubling when I see these unequal relationships on the beach is that racial imbalance and the history of this country, the centre of slavery. You can’t ignore that.
When you speak to people they say over and ever again, ‘This is only because we’re poor’.”
*Sex on the Beach is available on All 4