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.
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…
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.
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.
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’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
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?
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?