Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


Something to Blog About…

By on January 23, 2007

I know that this has oft-been mentioned on the blogs…but I couldn’t resist sharing. I opened my inbox the other day and saw this. Ordinarily I would just delete it but something in the subject line caught my eye – ‘Compensation.’ Out of curiosity I decided to take a look and I had a good chuckle as I read this while trying to dodge the arrows that kept flying at me through the computer screen*.

The gist of this is to make you believe that if you have been scammed before the Nigerian government is willing to compensate you (generously) for what you lost to the scammers. Translation – if you have been scammed before, prepare to be scammed again. My take on this if you have been scammed before and you fall for this (at the risk of sounding callous), you need serious professional help!!!

I think something must be said for the mere audacity of ‘Mr Iyamah Sylvanus’, if only the time and creativity put into this used for something more honorable and positive.

*Blowing arrows is a term familiar to many young Nigerians and it means speaking or writing with grammatical errors…it should not be taken to mean that arrows were actually flying out of the computer screen.

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 08:44:16 -0800
This is to bring to your notice that I am the United Nations to Central bank Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims $1 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims,get back to as soon as possible forthe immediate payments of your $1 Millioncompensations funds.
On this faithfull recomendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Abuja,Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds byvariouse foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today,in other to retain the good image of the country,the president of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators $1Million USD each, Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria,the payments are to be paid by Central bank Nigeria as corressponding paying bank under fundling assistance by the National westminsterbank london.
According to the number of applicants at hand,84beneficiaries has been paid ,half of the victims arefrom the United States,we still have more 20 left tobe paid the compensations of $1 Million each.Your particulars was mentioned by one of thesyndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as oneof thier victims of the operations,you are herebywarned not to communicate or duplicate this message tohim for any reason what so ever,the US secret serviceis already on trace of the criminal.
For more vital information,please visit:

You can receive your compensations payments via any ofthe both options you choose,DRAFT PAYMENTS or WIRETRANSFERS, I shall feed you with further modalities assoon as I hear from you and for immediate response reply to

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Iyamah sylavnius.

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    January 25, 2007 Anyone who falls for this terribly written script deserves to lose money.
    How are you doing, Jola?

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    Jola Naibi

    January 25, 2007

    Thanks, for stopping by…I am great thanks and I hope you are too.

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    January 25, 2007

    eh…you know some people are very sentimental, and call fall for that!

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    January 26, 2007

    How people fall for this is beyond me….
    The banking system in the country is inefficient, yet the government of that same counntry wants to spend a $100 million on scam victims to retain good image…?????!!!!????

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    Jola Naibi

    January 26, 2007

    @bluntremi – I think sometimes we need to put sentiments aside and use common sense especially when you are dealing with an unknown factor – a random email from someone…puhleese
    @omodudu – thanks for stopping by…I lo
    @nilla – I am with you on that one…I find it incredibly unbelievable that there are folks who fall for things like this…but then again maybe I am just a hardened Lagos chick and can spot jibiti a mile off…

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    Jola Naibi

    January 26, 2007

    @omodudu – the second sentence in my comment was meant to read – I love your blog!

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    January 27, 2007

    Nonsense and ingredients! I won’t even comment on the scams any more, seeing as I’m tired of commenting on such things…lol…

    I was just cracking up when I saw that cartoon up there…lol…hope I don’t fall off my chair. Crazy how a light bulb goes off when u find something to blog abt…including that wide grin…lollll…writers inc.

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    Omohemi Benson

    February 26, 2007

    419 drama, shall never end!
    Like laspapi said anyone who falls for this scam needs serious prayers,

    I like the blogtoon.
    Guess it happens to all bloggers.