Critical Point

The Background

Internet fraud is popularly known as Sakawa in Ghana. There is the belief that it can be achieved by supernatural means. It is this that I wish to explore.

The word sakawa probably comes from the Hausa “sakàa” = to put ; the verbal noun “sakàa-waa” means put-ting. I’m not clear how this word came to be used for internet fraud.

Traditionally, there is a belief that everything happens for a reason. Accumulating wealth (read selfishness), having a disability, anything that upsets the natural order, must have a supernatural reason.

Sika aduro and Mogya sika aduro (literally, blood money medicine) are two phrases expressing the belief that

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