FAKE STORIES FROM AFRICA (BY WWW.161718.INFO) – It all started in January, 2016 when Crazy Monday in Kenya published a fictitious story about Eritrean men asked by their government to marry more than one wife or go to jail. The said hoax story was first published online on a Kenyan news site called “Crazy Monday” This story was later debunked by Eritrean government but not before it got a lot of attention all over social media.
The fictitious story trend then shifted to Nigeria when a Nigerian publisher, The Signal, whose newspaper, as at the time of this report, sells for N1.50 which is about $1, came up with a hoax story that a woman suddenly transformed into a snake after making love with a man in a hotel.
The said man then alarmed the hotel service who in turn called the police. The said snake-woman was then locked up in the hotel room so she could not escape before the arrival of the police.
Needless elaborating on this hoax story. However, it was further alleged that when the police came and opened the door, they discovered that the alleged snake-woman has vanished. That’s the end of fake story number 2. So let’s move on to #3.
You’ve got to trust Nigerians because the moment they are involved in anything, there is the tendency that they’re likely to over do it either to make it far more better than the original, or they they make sure it depreciate in value.
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A Nigerian blogger who goes by the name Tiwa has now taken the so-called 2016 fictitious stories from Africa to another level by publishing a fake story purporting that Lara Oshiomhole, the wife to the governor of Edo State has filed for divorce.
“The beautiful wife of Edo state governor Mrs Lara Fortes Oshiomhole has accused her husband Gov. Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole of being too fetish and diabolic, the Cape Verdean model who filed for divorce against her hubby went ahead to accuse her husband of been responsible to the death of his former wife Mrs Clara Oshiomhle who died on December 7, 2010, at the Abuja Clinic, Maitama, after a protracted battle with breast cancer.” Tiwa wrote.
Although Tiwa has deleted the unconfirmed report from her blog, Google’s web cache was able to capture a snapshot of the page as it appeared with the fictitious report, including the time and date the article was posted. The cache which shows Tiwa’s original article can be seen here.
This brings it to a total of 3 fake stories being circulated on the internet by African publishers within a month. Only God knows if fictitious story number 4 is already in the making and the fake publishers are trying to add more salt and sugar to it before releasing it to the world. (LOL)
We often hear about lots of scam and fraud among Africans. Is this a new modus operandi that may soon lead to another wave of fraudulent activities in Africa?
Whatever the case may be, such fictitious stories published in newspapers can only enhance the superstitions beliefs that already exist in most African countries. Therefore, Those perpetrating such rumors are strongly advised to please desist from doing so before it becomes another trend in the world.