Gina Rinehart, reputed to be the world’s richest woman, has praised Africans for being willing and able to work for $2 a day or less. In the long term it will be better for everybody, says Ms Rinehart, as low wages help get economies moving. “Stuff that”! say some of Kenya’s college students, “get me a rich man!” Read on for a tale of diverse divas and sex for sale on campus.
CAMPUS DIVAS FOR RICH MEN
One particular group that has been making headlines for the last two weeks in Kenya, ostensibly female students on Kenya’s campuses, goes by the name ‘Campus Divas for Rich Men’ who sell their wares over the Internet under the motto “money can buy us!” (NB the original site on FB seems to have been taken down 14/9/12 so we have added this replacement site…..if anyone knows the whereabouts of the old site please let us know!)
Here the girls post their half naked photos and a little profile about themselves describing their age and what kind of a man they want. They say they are fed up with “broke” boyfriends: in their own words, “we don’t have time for sufferers”, Kenyan slang used to refer to the poor.
Njeri as she calls herself in the group, wants a “tycoon or a member of parliament”. Her counterpart Moraa wants a rich man aged 35 and above who is ready to spoil her with his cash for a no strings attached affair.
The group elicited mixed reactions from the public and received their share of prurient but almost voyeuristic coverage in the media but the
girls, or possibly the men behind them, were not to be intimidated by any of this, and after all it was good publicity for that sort of business.
“We simply offer solutions to the needs in the current society, society is dynamic not static”, the site’s administrators said in a statement released last week. “If you don’t like it, if you are very intolerant, very righteous, very conservative, if you are very archaic and fossil, please mind your business and we will mind ours.”
The page which was created on 3rd July 2012, has already garnered 50,684 ‘likes’ with 65,830 visitors talking about it.
In reaction to the student sex-for-sale media coverage, or perhaps just in an effort to ride on the publicity elicited by ‘Campus Divas for Rich Men’, another group going by the name ‘Masufferers for Rich Women’ was formed on 30th August 2012. The group says it is “dedicated to ALL Teenagers whose girlfriends have been bonked by rich men because they have money…No Drama.”
‘It’s about time we show them that we are worth something’, it says on the website, ‘lets F**K Rich Women whose Husbands ”Rich Men” F**k our Girls……..The Battle is on…..REVENGE is a Dish best served COLD.’ Judging from the 934 likes the page has attracted since it was created, it’s clearly not as popular as the campus divas, but it’s growing in number every minute.
The administrators of the site have also organised a sex party that coincides with a similar one organised by the campus divas, set to go down (sorry!) this Friday in Nairobi west. “Carry on your lust because there would be plenty of sex”, a claim on the party information reads. (see footnote)
EAST AFRICA’S BADDEST BITCHES
The offers from the naughty divas and disgruntled teenagers are, however, are tame compared to those publicized on another page that goes by the name ‘East Africa’s Baddest and Rudest Bitchez’. (11,048 likes!) What this Kenya Forum correspondent saw when accessing the page by way of research (honest!), was just too much for an innocent girl’s eyes! (NB: The number of ‘likes’ on this site has now risen to 35,169! as of 2/10/12)
SEX FOR SALE AND SAD FACTS
Well it was all good stuff for the press to put up some column inches [enough! Ed.]but the subject matter is quite disturbing.
What the campus Divas story reveals is a sad fact that nobody is ready to admit; even before Facebook, young girls especially in Nairobi universities, have been for a long time trading their bodies for money. What makes the difference now is that, unlike in the recent past where this was done in the shadows of darkness and in secret, it has now gone public. The partakers are now vocal and seemingly proud about what they do, or at least unabashed and not shy to come out in public.
The Kenya Forum carried an article on the same subject last month but one question which nobody seems to have an answer to is just who is to blame, if blame there be? The ‘service provider’ or the ‘buyer’? Or is it because we live on a continent where too many people have to live on $2 a day or less Ms Rinehart?
[Footnote: Whilst checking this morning, the Facebook page for ‘Masufferers for Rich Women’ reads 'page not found'...it seems the boys just couldn't keep it up(?)....There are however several other pro and anti-campus diva sites and even a campus divas for masufferer's page ]
The Kenya Forum will be running a continuous posting from the early hours of Wednesday 7th November (starting about 3.30am Nairobi time) reporting the results as they come in with commentary and analysis from our team, including a US-based political scientist, ‘APJB’ giving his views as the news comes in.
The Kenya Forum will welcome comments on the night from our many readers in Kenya and around the world and we will publish them live (if they are polite and do not break the laws of the Republic of Kenya!).