We have all been ScrewLifed!
It was fun whilst it lasted, but finally the spoilsports have stepped in to pour cold water on the excited Ghanaians trying their best to get Eritrean visas.
A top Eritrean official has come out to deny a story that has been making the rounds this week, which implied that a law has been passed in Eritrea mandating all men to marry two women or face jail time.
The story gained traction all over the continent, with the accompanying crazy memes and jokes that social media breeds around every issue these days.
According to the BBC however, a top official of the horn of Africa nation has denied the story. The official reportedly told the site that: “Even a madman in [the Eritrean capital] Asmara would know that this story was not true,”
Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel also weighed in, speaking on twitter about the frenzy of the media to parrot an obviously untrue story.
The story, which was published all over the continent, said that to combat a shortage of men, most of whom were lost in a war with Ethiopia, each man would have to marry two women or face jail time.
The website which published the story intended it as a satirical piece, which a close reading of it would have told anyone. It seems the ScrewLife.com phenomenon is not limited to Ghana.
Media frenzy to parrot this ludicrous, fabricated & trite story of the Mufti’s presumed religious decree on mandatory polygamy is appalling
— Yemane G. Meskel (@hawelti) January 27, 2016