Yahoo Boy, To Be Or Not To Be?

I pride myself on the fact that I am a young man who has a passion for reading. So much so that whenever I wake up in the morning, as soon as I’m done saying what my dad would call “indomie prayers”, I would go online and begin to search for news and information. Just a whole lot of reading and information consumption to get my brain as fired up as humanly possible for the mental rigors of the day. On a fateful day of the week, as I was searching for my news in the usual source. Having finished with one, I swiped right to another WhatsApp status on my contact list.

Tell me you didn’t laugh at that.

I do not remember and obviously will not name the contact who uploaded it but I saw a screenshot of a couple of celebrities online arguing over whether or not yahoo is a good thing. By the way…

Before I beat somebody’s child.

One cElEbRiTy argued that yahoo is a good thing. He was of the opinion that it was not a crime because of the way African slaves were treated. Another argued that regardless, yahoo is a bad thing and should not be condoned but was immediately shot down by the former on the grounds that he had used yahoo boy money before.

And that, kids, is why you must never get casted.

The most sensible in my opinion of all of them said that yahoo is actually wrong, slave trade ended more than a century ago, the perpetrators were dead already and the current whites should not be made to suffer. He said that you can do yahoo if you want to as long as you are prepared to face the consequences when you’re caught. I don’t entirely agree with that because it almost seemed like it was a personal thing that was not affecting Nigeria as a whole but at least he was not supporting the act anyway.

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Just in case you don’t know, yahoo is the act of defrauding other people online and having them send money to you usually under false identities. It is most common among guys, hence the blog post title. These type of boys can sometimes be identified especially after making a couple of cents with their “inspirational” social media posts.

They usually go something like this.

These boys usually like to show off the money they have acquired illegally without putting a shred of wisdom into how it is spent. More often than not, they blow it on oversized shirts, ratty jeans and a pair of slides, topped off with cheaply dyed hair and a number of “flashy” rings and necklaces. I certainly do hope you are not on this table because…

After reading the statements of those celebs, I was forced to think. Not because of some deeply important reason. My WhatsApp sub finished so… Moving on. After putting in a teaspoonful worth of thought into it, I decided to share what I think about the issue.

First of all, Yahoo is wrong

I know right? I’m shocked too.

I’m not talking from a religious place or a moral place or any place in particular sef. I just want you to take a minute and imagine. If you had just #1000 left with you. You have to eat, buy a handout or two, fix your spoilt sandals and a number of other issues and then somehow someway, a random guy comes and takes away #850 from you. How would you feel? Personally, I’d feel sleepy because that seems to be the only thing I’ve been feeling these last few weeks but I doubt you would have the same reaction.

Think back to the times when someone last got away with your change or did not give you the money you deserved. You probably felt like crap. If you don’t like it being done to you, why would you want to do it to someone else? Why would you choose not to involve yourself in the act but still support the perpetrators nonetheless? Why would you sit back and do absolutely nothing about it? That’s not even all.

It is affecting the entire nation

Nigerian after trying to make a honest online living with foreigners who think we’re all scammers.

A number of months ago, I was speaking to a friend of mine. A rather smart guy he was. Graphics designer, writer alongside a number of other skills. He told me about how he had the opportunity to do some freelance work for someone abroad once and after negotiating and talking about everything that needed to be spoken about. Somehow, the conversation was driven to which country he was from. Being a honest person, he mentioned Nigeria. He was immediately rejected and called a scammer. This is simply because he was from the country.

Put yourself in his shoes. You’ve been working hard and promoting yourself and then your hustle is about to payoff and boom (like tanker explosion or mess from people with indigestion), all of a sudden, it all goes away. How would you feel?


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Conclusion

Quite frankly, this thing will somehow find its way to our doorstep and affect us in one way or the other and then, we would be faced with regret. We need to do something about it.

Not everyone can actually become a cyber crime detective but contribute in whatever way you can. Stop it or talk your already active friends out of it. Report to appropriate authorities if necessary. We can’t make Nigeria great again if all we do is sit down on our buttocks and watch as things happen without doing anything to correct them.

Now, I wanna know,

  • Did you enjoy this article or was it too unrelatable because you’re not a yahoo person?
  • Besides Yahoo, what other “vices” do you think are affecting Nigeria?
  • What way have you contributed to reducing this scourge?
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Israel Olufemi-Edmund
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Israel Olufemi-Edmund

After reading the content, I am really surprised & excited to say the topic & views expressed by the writer & the deprecation of the act through the comments of the readers are exactly the same with the views of two on air personalities of a radio station in Abuja- Nig. Info – 95.1. The fact that there are young people who hold the views expressed on this blog suggest to me that hope is not totally lost for ?Nigeria. Our nation is haemorrhaging from all sides – morally, politically, economically, security wise, architecturally, in the church etc. Just name… Read more »

Angelica
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Angelica

you didn’t lie 😭😭

The Skinny Ninja
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The Skinny Ninja

Yahoo is stoopid. Any one who thinks otherwise deserves to be chemically castrated

Prof
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Prof

Nice Post man… This menace has gotten to the point where everyone knows someone doing yahoo or at least everyone knows someone that knows someone doing yahoo. But I do believe it has brought thousands of dollars if not millions of dollars into the country albeit at the detriment of our national image which in my opinion should be protected by all and sundry

Benita
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Benita

The inspirational quotes got me 😂😂
I had this argument on Sunday with some newly acquired friends 🌚😂, they believe yahoo isn’t bad cause it stops boys from becoming armed robbers
I weep for our generation, many need reorientation
Okay you see what I did there 😉😌

Glitch3r
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Glitch3r

Saying you’re recovering what your forefathers worked for is the dumbest excuse ever…
Such magnitude of stupidity 😡

Akachi
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Akachi

👏👏👏yessss thank you!!! This needed to be said! And very well said at that . The rate at which young people are turning to it is just… Then the Nigerian thing where everything is a joke just worsens it because we’re all her just laughing about it. Correct me if I’m wrong but is the underwear stealing thing part of yahooing? If yes then that speaks for itself🙅 then the other vice that is really eating deep into the system is DRUGS. I feel like peer pressure is the major cause of this.🤷

Latifat
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Latifat

Me waiting for a yahoo supporter to reply😂😂

Isabel
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Isabel

Lowkey😂😂

Your Daddy
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Your Daddy

The sad part about these boys is that they spend the illegal proceeds on luxury cars and designers (made by the white)….. but looking at this yahoo menace, sometimes I feel it’s the aftermath consequence of slavery. We cannot deny the fact that those years of slavery took a toll of the development of africa as a whole. In fact we are still struggling till date, or maybe the government is to blame for all of these.

Lola
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Lola

Lmao… At the end of the day,foreigners rather than blacks will gain huge profits from the ill gotten wealth afterall if we no get the Benz wetin we gain?

Amadi
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Amadi

This is shit very annoying
I’ve lost about 95% of my ex-classmates (guys) to this so called “trending business”

A girl has no name
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A girl has no name

It is very sad that this people blame slavery for their irritating actions. If anyone mentions yahoo as wrong on a social platform, especially Instagram, the individual will be dragged to stupor. It’s very sad almost everybody is supporting yahoo these days. God safe us.

Your Daddy
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Your Daddy

This shows how deep the menace has eaten in our society of today

Brownie_vocal
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Their inspirational quotes are the most annoying of all their shit

Ayanpella
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Ayanpella

“Work when everyone z sleeping and you’ll surely make diz money. Aje!” I’ve not seen anything more accurate guy😂😂😂
On a serious note though, I don’t support yahoo. What irriates me the most is the fact that they try to justify it by saying that they’re avenging our slave forefathers, who sent you bro? Why not start a movement or something if that’s actually your intention?! It’s just really sad to see most of our youths waste their time on this thing, really sad!