Nigerian music producer turned Blogger, Samuel Oguachuba professionally known as SAMKLEF recently took to his twitter account to give a reason why ‘Yahoo Boys’ are better than Nigeria’s politicians.
In this universe Nigerian young men use the internet to relieve unsuspecting ‘clients’ of their money in romance, gold, or business scams.
The Yahoo Boy rarely lives alone. He needs his comrades around him to pull off a successful scam: the document forger, the international call router, the bank account frontperson and the tech wizard are needed just as much as the smooth talker. Luckily for the Yahoo Boy this is not a problem, because the sector pulls in enough money to create room for everyone. An entire new building, tucked in the middle of New Haven, Enugu, Nigeria, houses scammers as well as the offices that produce the documents, stamps, phone connections and internet disguises they need.
The noise that perpetually engulfs this building from electricity generators indicates, just like the business that is conducted here, a Nigerian reality where no one depends on the state for anything. There is no electricity just like there is no law and order, or opportunities to apply your skills in any useful sort of way. But there are plenty of opportunities in the Yahoo Boy universe
Yahoo Boys is the local term for those engaged in internet fraud and in recent times, the ‘profession’ has caused controversy/raging debates among Nigerian youths.
According to Samklef, Yahoo boys are better than politicians because they give back to the community.
His post on twitter reads;
Yahoo boys are far better than Nigeria politicians… dey help people even support people they don’t know. Who our politicians help ?
— PRESIDENT SAMKLEF (@SAMKLEF) September 9, 2020