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October 21, 2005

419 is just a game

i go chop your dollar album cover Here's what efforts to fight 419 fraud are up against. An article in yesterday's LA Times describes the disdain young cyber-scammers in Nigeria feel for their gullible (and mostly American) prey.

While the Nigerian government is trying to crack down on the problem, pop culture in Nigeria seems to glamorize ripping off so-called maghas (Yoruba slang for fools).

Check out the lyrics of "I Go Chop Your Dollar," a tune released this summer by actor/comedian Nkem Owoh (popularly known as Osuofia):

"419 is just a game, you are the losers, we are the winners. White people are greedy, I can say they are greedy. White men, I will eat your dollars, will take your money and disappear. 419 is just a game, we are the masters, you are the losers."

The song appears to be from a movie starring Owoh called "The Master." You can order the soundtrack online.

You can download a short excerpt (MP3) of "I Go Chop Your Dollar" here.

[Update: a copy of Owoh's music video is available in QuickTime format here (16.9 Mb). Thanks Justin!]

Posted by brian at October 21, 2005 11:05 AM


Brian -- here's the video: http://videos.antville.org/stories/1241274/

Posted by: Justin Mason at October 21, 2005 3:14 PM

Catchy toon... I just wonder if he believes that what he sings is actually true.

Posted by: Nemesis6 at October 23, 2005 8:15 AM


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