In the first week of April, Thomas Morton, posted an article on CNN titled ‘Inside the criminal world of Ghana’s e-mail scam gangs’. In his post Thomas sought to unravel the Sakawa cults in Ghana, however in his attempt to bring such evil practices to light, Thomas ended up distorting some facts that needed some correction. His article has sparked some reactions from bloggers in Ghana; Graham Knight on his blog Critical Point expressed his displeasure at the post on CNN. Obed Sarpong in his post , did not spare the author of motherboard for the untrue stories he recounted about
When we were in Accra over the summer it was impossible to walk more than ten feet without seeing the word Sakawa in blood-red Misfits letters on a poster or tabloid, often accompanied by bone-chilling horrors of the photoshopped variety.
I don’t really know which street he walked on, but I can confidently say there is no such street in Accra with posters and sakawa emblems ten feet apart.
..the Christians are freaked out because they’re losing money to the Juju priests, the press is freaked out because being freaked out is what sells papers..
Christians in Ghana have more other things to be freaked out about, not Sakawa!
…there are dirt roads leading past the brand-new, gold-columned presidential palace, and it seems 1 percent of the country is blowing their country’s GDP at bars with $50 cover charges while the other 99 is selling bags of water at stop lights
I am certainly not part of the top 1% spending the nation’s money, neither am I surviving by selling bags of water at stop lights. I fear I may get arrested by the Accra Mayor.
unless you’re a relative or close friend of someone in the ruling class, you can look forward to a long and fruitful career in water sales.
Is water sales all he saw while in Ghana?
Obviously, the author could have done some more research before publishing this post. As much as we all are against these Sakawa scammers, distorting facts about Ghana to make the situation seem ridiculous is what credible bloggers should not do.