“Yahoo Yahoo” is trending and here’s what Nigerians are saying about it

by Toluwanimi Onakoya

Microblogging platform, Twitter has been abuzz with talks on “Yahoo Boys” following the news of the arrest of well known Nigerian socialite, Hushpuppi for fraudulent practices. Nigerians have been quick to drop opinions on the matter, weighing in on perspectives on the issue.

“Yahoo boys” also known as “419” are synonymous with fraudsters or scammers. They are known for constantly committing fraud and swindling people of their money through various means on the internet. The likes of ‘Yahoo boys’ are excessively prevalent in Nigeria, they are also known to constantly flaunt wealth.

A lot of times, these Yahoo boys use catfishing to gain access to other people’s wealth. A lot of them pose on popular dating websites as someone else and eventually get people to fall in love with them. Subsequently, they get their ‘love victims’ to begin paying their bills. Most times, these victims live abroad and send in dollars upon request. There are also those that dabble into ATM fraud and banking fraud while some advertise fake lands and apartments, only to collect the money and disappear.

The issue of “Yahoo Boys” is one that is constantly debated on social media and sometimes glorified. It was not different this time as Nigerians delved into conversations about the morality of Yahoo boys, what they deserve, and who counts as one.

Some were very quick to shame the practice, calling them a menace to society, adding that the harm they cause to their victims is irredeemable:


A group of persons commented on the similarity between Yahoo boys and some corrupt Nigerian politicians, declaring that the condemnation of Yahoo boys should also include condemnation for such politicians:


There were those that pointed fingers at supposed friends and girlfriends of yahoo boys, saying they had no right to condemn those caught since they were dating criminals as well:


Some had opined that “Yahoo Boys” and prostitutes are in a similar kind of work but many were quick to rise in defence of sex workers, as they rejected the premise:


The topic of “Yahoo Boys” continues to be a never-ending debate on the streets of Nigerian Twitter

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