Internet dating sites and chat rooms are gaining popularity among Ghanaian eligible bachelors and sometimes the lecherous ineligible ones too. Many of these husbands to be find these sites as an alternative to the traditional way of finding heart throbs at social gatherings like funerals, festivals, church programmes etc. In fact these sites are more convenient for most of the blokes abroad who will want to marry from home.
The introduction of social network sites like Face Book, Hi5, Twitter, YouTube etc has added glamour to the whole idea of on line dating. Webcams and laptops with inbuilt cameras have also increased the excitements surrounding dating sites browsing. Bored lads and lasses can sail into any of these fantasy worlds to soak sweet words that emanate from lovers’ tummy instead of their hearts.
Usually a lot of the guys prefer getting wives back home to eliminate the shocks that come with crossing cultural boundaries. Apart from that the home ones are more considerate and loving. They will not blow your money on cat foods or go on exotic Caribbean holidays. In addition, most guys want to return home after long period of stay in the cold to settle for a more dignified life back home. Yes a more meaningful life. Where parents will not leave home when the kids are asleep and return when they have gone to bed. It’s usually a difficult situation for some of the folks. Husbands meet their wives at the doorway on their way out to work and vice versa.
Again with the home made wives it is easier to get the family back home without leaving any behind. There are exceptions to this argument though as some of the ladies has become more European than the indigenes. Some also love their domido (fatty meat) so much so they just can’t exchange that for dry amanie fish (herrings).
Finding a bride back home these days is like finding a needle in a haystack. When you waste the best part of your youth in a cold country you don’t expect the beautiful flowers you left behind not to pollinate do you? Searching for a good one is even harder. In the past parents and family members will groom one of these jewels solely for your eyes. Things have changed in this unique indigenous way of match-making. Family members are no longer eager to act as conduits for match makings. No, not after the humiliation they had to endure when the grooms do the runner just after the marriage ceremony.
Anyway in some instances some of the lucky wives join their husbands to enjoy the bliss of marriage life. All that glitter is not gold. These lucky wives become vipers. They sunk their fangs into the fingers that fed them. The ingrates sow poisonous seeds of discord between their husbands and their family members who groomed them.
The difficulty in finding brides at home is resulting in most wannabe husbands surfing dating sites for love ones. In fact these sites are handy and a quicker way of getting acquainted to a lady. It is a powerful tool for guys who have iron clad jaws and shake like water reeds in the presence of ladies.
Quite a few blokes have found love by knocking on the doors of some of these chat rooms. These on line dates have resulted in enviable and beautiful marriages. Yes some lucky web surfers have found angelic wives who have brought them everlasting joy. Sometimes it’s good to meet a total stranger than to get stuck to the girl or guy next door who will always take you for a fool.
It is not all these Yahoo marriages that are rosy. Some have really resulted in very nasty situations with both parties cursing the day they went skiing on the snowy mountains of chat rooms. They wish for the obliteration of these dating graving yards. The marriages collapsed with the same lightening speed with which they were contracted. The break ups has cause so much rancour between the parties involved. Some of the people involved are now emotional wrecks and the children from these wed locks traumatised.
Fantasying with a stranger on yahoo chat line is not all it takes to spread your thighs apart. Remember there are some serial surfers that have skills in writing the best love sonnets in this world. They can sing all the RnB love songs in the whole of America just to convince you of their love. Well, burying your head in love tunes that make you walk the cottons of the heavens is no excuse for being a victim for such predators. Marriage counsellors will tell you marriage is a life long commitment so you just don’t leap into one because you had your heads in the clouds.
Pimps on the web
These useful dating sites which are providing valuable services to lonely souls are being infiltrated by some greedy pimps. These evil people have recruited innocent teenager girls and selling their chastity to willing buyers. The pimps pay for these innocent souls to browse in search of some other confused souls for mating. The pimps get their cut when these fallen angels hit a jackpot. The vulnerable girls are sent to the lairs of some dangerous fugitives and paedophiles.
There are also reports that the chat rooms have been hacked into by some lady gold diggers. These lazy bones chatter boxes hop from one match- making sites to the other in search of victims to fleece. They usually advertise themselves with very captivating pictures which are mouth watering. The truth is the pictures are that of models they download from the internet. Their evil intentions are usually exposed when their on line suitors decide to pay them a visit in Ghana.
These guys are cunning as well. They go into these chat rooms when they know they will be visiting Ghana soon. They know they will surely require the services of some of these browsers so they dish out freebies willy-nilly. Knowing they will be caught pants down the ladies quickly send their real caricature pictures. These pictures are usually off tangent to the Naomi Campbell type advertised on the dating sites or sent to their fellas. According to guys who have been victims of these scammers the more you try to reconcile the model like pictures to that of the caricature ones the more you get confused.
Finding true love in our part of our world is more like a mirage especially when you are an adult. The story is a lot different for teenagers because there are sometimes oblivious to our craze for cargos. For the discerning adults a lot of soul searching is done before people leap frog into the fragile world of courtship. There is soul searching about tribe, the car you drive, the type of dress and perfume you wear, your looks, shape, financial status etc. Some ladies will not date a guy from a particular tribe and vice versa. Where is the Love? The omen was foretold by Lucky Dube, ‘There is no true love in this world anymore’.
Francis Kwaku Egu, UK