In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 27th, June, 2020

Why Hushpuppi Gained’t Be The Final Nigerian Fraudster

Why Hushpuppi Won’t Be The Last Nigerian Fraudster


Hushpuppi throughout his arrest

Because the footage confirming the arrest of Hushpuppi storms the Web, Nigeria’s repute plummets 100 toes down the abyss of fraudulence reconfirming Nigeria’s pole place because the world capital of swindlers.

When you can’t perceive why PayPal stops Nigerian residents from receiving funds by way of their accounts, now you can see the clog within the wheel. When you assume that Fiverr and different worldwide platforms are unfair to Nigerians, Hushpuppi and his cohort have proven us the reality. The staggering listing of alleged crimes towards Hushpuppi and his gang — cash laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, impersonation, scamming people, banking fraud, and id theft price about N168bn — shed extra mild to the scrutiny that awaits any sane Nigerian trying to conduct authorized enterprise on the Web throughout worldwide borders.

I’m conscious of the daring defenders of the gospel, in line with Saint Hushpuppi, you’re a part of the issue. For Hushpuppi’s loyalists, life will be robust when your position mannequin is having a mid-life disaster behind bars. If you’re an ardent bootlicker for Hushpuppi or you’ve gotten began a prayer vigil begging God to indicate him mercy, you’re a part of the issue. Not less than consider the victims, 1.93 million harmless folks, that’s an equal of 4 international locations put collectively — Iceland, Montenegro, Malta, and Suriname. Consider what their households needed to undergo due to one man’s greed.

Nigerian Millennials and the “Get-Wealthy” Scheme

This text will not be about Hushpuppi. It’s concerning the common Nigerian millennial that believes within the “get-rich” scheme. After I binge on the “Discover” part of my Instagram account, I see a bunch of Nigerian millennials do the unthinkable — from name-calling to blind praises of micro-celebrities to mudslinging on pages of so-called superstars — you surprise how they’ve a lot time to waste on frivolities.

An enormous portion includes of gullible minds with vitality and intelligence however determined to accrue wealth by way of fraud. From jobless women recruiting their victims by way of salacious footage and relentless twerking on Instagram to unemployed boys spraying at costly golf equipment to sharing photographs with rented unique automobiles, one factor is obvious Nigerians love and consider within the in a single day success mentality. They’re at all times trying to find the subsequent gold rush. In sharp distinction, hardworking individuals are labelled as silly and dumb, however everybody throngs the rich to style their largess despite the fact that the supply of their wealth is unfounded. As social media pervades your house, the idea of micro-celebrity is a monster you will need to conquer.

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Social Media and Micro-celebrities

Lengthy earlier than social media, influential media homes and exalted fourth property monarchs religiously formed our concepts and beliefs. Earlier than the age of digital transformation, to win the eye of the media and the populace, you have to be remarkably profitable. Then, the digital camera was one of many world’s strongest instruments, it is advisable to be in entrance of a lens within the New York Occasions’s studio or get featured on Forbes’s entrance web page. The media meticulously stamped its affect on distinguished personalities that morphed into our heroes, champions, and movie star crushes. And though the press cherrypicked its celebrities, our sanity was intact and revered. However with social media comes the democratization of the digital camera, which has plunged us right into a pool of chaos.

Each time you dive into Fb or Instagram, you feed on a well-served combination of lies and truths. There aren’t any requirements to censor what makes it to our feeds. Are you shocked that faux information tendencies whereas fact-based information is abandoned like a madman? No benchmarks to weigh the veracity of what we eat. Therefore, the insanity! Sadly, we now not have the media; we’re the media. We select what tendencies, and we choose our position fashions.

The blatant freedom of expression served as a guise for fraudsters to use gullible customers both emotionally or financially. Welcome to a world the place you now not want Forbes’s microphone or CNN’s digital camera to turn into a celeb. You possibly can turn into a famous person even for those who don’t have a job. All you want is a cellphone, a digital camera, a candy mouth, and a social media community the place you may create enticing personas along with your “bodyguard of lies.” All you want is a cameo in considered one of Hushpuppi’s movies, and your social media visibility skyrockets.

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Social media, like each different useful gizmo in life, will be abused and used for unethical functions. Social media’s comparative metrics unintentionally serves as an ideal catalyst that fuels greed, jealousy and desperation. Social media is a jungle the place folks hunt for likes, shares, feedback, and followers. To realize this purpose, many inform brazen lies and fall into the entice of ostentatious show of issues that they’ll’t afford. It’s a rat race. Each time you bounce on social media, be taught to make use of your lens of skepticism. You don’t should consider the whole lot as a result of it’s a collage of edited lives.

There isn’t any hard-working particular person that may splurge the “Hushpuppi approach.” I completely perceive that some folks love luxurious objects and have a reputable revenue to assist their life-style. Though such folks love opulence, they share different issues that time to how they make their wealth. That’s how you notice the distinction. Hushpuppi’s arrest additional validates the age-long cliché: “An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, …”  

Nigeria’s Corridor of Fraudsters

Let’s deliver this residence with a take a look at Nigeria’s corridor of fraudsters. Who was the beneficiant head of state that despatched Nigeria’s funds to international banks? Do you keep in mind the Nigerian governor jailed in London for cash laundering however was welcomed in Nigeria by melodious music and jubilant cheers? Are you aware the younger “Forbes Africa’s 30 below 30 entrepreneur” that lately pleaded responsible to an Web fraud of about $11 million? Do you keep in mind the lyrics of a well-liked Nigerian tune that reeks of “Yahooze!”? I guess you recognize the solutions to those questions. “Nigeria,” “fraud,” and “scammers” have been in the identical sentence for a really very long time. Are these not the folks you invite to your extravagant events? Are they not those you foyer for funds to your group? You simply disown the thieves despite the fact that you share of their spoils and heap praises on them.

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In a damning 2019 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report, 77 Nigerians have been charged with cybercrime, cash laundering and id theft. Nigeria’s theatrics on this planet of thievery and corruption didn’t begin at present, and it gained’t finish with Hushpuppi. Nigeria’s disposition to crime, corruption, and fraud reveals that we’re not able to redeem our repute. Nigerian anti-graft companies lack the intelligence to fight cybercrime and our open admiration of fraudsters says all of it. I doubt if we all know learn how to catch our thieves (FBI is at all times doing the bust operation for us) or we simply love the best way they plunder different folks (Westerners). We’re quiet concerning the evident corruption that occurs in our entrance porches and market squares — from the pickpockets to the diversion of public funds — however we’re fast to inform the remainder of the world to not see Nigerians are fraudsters. It’s a lame assertion, maybe a fast repair we run to, so we don’t have to consider addressing the corruption within the system. How can the remainder of the world belief us after we have a good time our fraudsters with cheers and awards?


Written by Samuel Osho, an award-winning Nigerian author engineer primarily based in Canada. Yow will discover him on social media by way of @iamsamosho.

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