Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master. When you have it mastering you; when interest is constantly piling up against you, it will keep you down in the worst kind of slavery. But let money work for you, and you have the most devoted servant in the world
Internet fraud popularly knowns as “SAKAWA” in Ghana, as now turn to be the only means of livelihood for the average Ghanaian youths. When you ask these youths their reason of getting involve in internet fraud, their response is always directed on Poor and corrupt governance, bad roads, no running water, no constant flow of electricity power and employment.
A US-based firm “iovation” that protects online businesses from fraud and abuse recently rated Ghana ahead of West African neighbor and named Nigeria as leader in global fraud.
Internet defrauders never sleep, the level of cyber crime in Ghana is now beyond using brain but JUJU (Evil Powers). The story of a boy called Ali Mohammed is the latest trending on the street of Accra & social media (Sakawa boy ‘Ali Mohammed’ goes CRAZY).
Ali Mohammed, a 25-year-old ‘sakawa’ boy, was believed to have gone berserk, after allegedly defying orders of his Cult. He is said to be the owner of a $150,000 storey building located within a estate at Gbawe and also owns four vehicles. Ali is not the first sakawa boy to run mad, crazy or die miserably. it happens almost every week, if not in Central Region, it will be west, south, north or east. Every cybercafe on the street of Ghana is filled with Sakawa boys & girls, i always feel bad and uncomfortable anytime i find myself in the cybercafe.
What is more worrying is the spiritual dimension which this social canker is taking. I hear “sakawa stories” which I thought were too fictional to believe. Interestingly, they (the stories) were proven to be real and true. As a way of getting rich quick, the “sakawaians” were made to perform all kinds of scary rituals. Some spent nights at cemeteries. Others were made to sleep in coffins for days while some also ate from dustbins. The conditions attached to the rituals are unbelievable. In some cases, the “sakawaian” is prohibited from taking his bath for months. Others are not allowed to give their “sakawa money” to close relatives. In some cases, there is a strict quota on how much money one could spend daily. I am told some people have wounds which would never heal till death. All these and other horrible things are done for nothing but to get MONEY.
The problem now is that, this act is not only killing the youth involved in Sakawa business (Internet Fraud) but also the image of the country. Youth taking oath with devil, joining different cults to make it big. Ghana IP is blacklisted/restricted on most ecommerce webiste, anytime you travel overseas either for business or pleasure, the people over there see you as a bad person. Let’s put religion aside because this is a moral act, you need no prophet to tell you that cybercrime is Bad. who is to be blame? The Government, Citizen or Parents?
Perseverance is sometimes but another word for self-reliance
I speak of this because there are some persons who are “born tired;” naturally lazy and possessing no self-reliance and no perseverance. Forget about the government or your background, the greatest wealth of all the world’s riches is you and once you are aware of it, you become the richest man in the world.
Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, see to the (be?) worthy of being known. Instead of being concerned that the economy is unfair, be concerned on how to make it fair for you.Instead of being concerned and nagging that no job, be more concerned on how to create one for yourself.Eventhough they can never be enough jobs for all of us, but one thing i know is we will continue to have unlimited opportunities. It’s left for you to open your minds and eyes to start and nurture a business venture. Recommend:Top Eight (8) Online Websites Where You can earn quick money Writing Articles
Sakawa (Cybercrime) is not a kind of job you create for yourself and feel comfortable of the future.
At this Junction (J) Time (T) I will resting my finger and pass over the keyboard to you. Am not a saint/prophet, so i won’t do the talking alone. Kindly use the comment form below to share with us your view on cybercrime in Ghana, Africa & world. Who is to be blame? The Government, Citizen or Parents?