Friday, October 21, 2005

Nkem Owoh's "I Go Chop Your Dollar"

A Nigerian actor/musician/comedian has made a song and music video about 419 scams. The chorus is "Oyinbo man, I go chop your dollar, I take your money and disappear, 419 is just a game, you are the loser, I am the winner."

As this site complains (along with the next link), the video does nothing to raise confidence in Nigeria. The song is popular in Cameroon, and is apparently based on a tract authored by Nkem Owoh.

UPDATE (December 10, 2009): Nkem Owoh was recently kidnapped while driving down the highway in eastern Nigeria, and the original ransom was 15 million naira ($99,000), but allegedly reduced to 1.4 million naira and his car. (Source: "Go for the locals," The Economist, November 28-December 4, 2009, p. 56.)


Einzige said...

"I go chop your dollar" does have a nice ring to it. You have to admit.

Jim Lippard said...

The full lyrics can be found here:

Einzige said...

After reading the lyrics I guess I was expecting something more gangsta-rappish. Instead it's a happy-go-lucky African pop tune. You almost don't mind that he's gonna chop your dollar.

david said...

i'm nigerian and i never heard this song until today? what a shame. Way to go Nkem Owoh, nice song but pls scammers give us a good name for once!!! We are tired of having our name pop up on international TV as scam artists!