As infectious as yellow fever, internet chatrooms are the new Nigerian craze.
For some African women, chat-rooms unshackle them from the requirements of traditional modesty.
Shina 247 signed up to Nigeria Chat in April, writing: “I’m a nice lady. My email address is ...”Sugar-mummy lovers—young men who can’t keep their fingers off the bodies and money of older women—join in the chatroom mania.
One wrote in Online recently: “I’m a 21-year-old young guy who is looking for a sugar mummy to cater for his needs. I am in Ejigbo, Lagos, and I promise to be good to that woman.”Many use chatrooms to express their love for their girlfriends or boyfriends. He didn’t know how to cope with a situation he was experiencing for the first time—meeting someone who admitted being gay.
Analechukwu Nwachukwu, a student, wrote on Online Nigeria.com: “Baby, ur baby boy is missing u so much.
Just have it in your mind that I can’t do without u.”But it’s not all about love or cybersex for Nigerians.
Online entrepreneurs use the chatrooms for schemes that aren’t quite scams but are close. A journalist who logged into a chatroom in March was confronted by a fellow Nigerian who wrote: “I’m in Port Harcourt.
Tidestring 80 had this proposition in Lagosmeet.com: “I have discovered a new secret that can help anyone browse the internet for free. And as a loyal member of this forum I’ll be willing to teach you for free.” When you contact him—as I did—you’ll learn that Tidestring 80 won’t tell his secret for free.
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