Even for stingy men, the rule stays the same: it takes some time for a good idea to break even.
Since 2012, Ugandan men have been working hard to convince stakeholders that a tight fist is the surest path to masculine wealth.
Towards the end of 2020, their message began to gain traction and today, even popular Nigerian celebrities have signed up for Stingy Men Association (SMA). In Zambia, the association thrives, as it does in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
Its Cameroonian outpost is new, and its international page is run by efficient managers in Kenya, Uganda and faraway Bahrain. The great African startup is clearly open for foreigners who have embraced the truth that givers of a certain type shall come to grief, and that a tight fist can hold far more fortune than it looks.
In Nigeria, Don Jazzy’s enrollment was like a venture capitalist boosting a product whose future shines. Countless memes and videos circulating on social media were enough to show investors that the market is vast. Nigeria Abroad predicts that a Nigerian bank will soon create a product around the movement.
Naysayers may say it’s all for nothing, until they take another look at Uganda, where a youth is primed to become the next president. Bobi Wine might not have openly signed up for SMA, but multiplier effects work precisely like that. Silent enthusiasts can draw their own lessons and clamp their fists, as their money grows mysteriously to the point that they can work to upstage old power.
Against SMA, two counter movements have emerged: one shows the image of a lady with her legs wrapped up in apparent sexual shutdown. Many were quick to note that portraying women as sex givers is patriarchal and archaic. In any case, a sexual strike by women harms both sexes and stands little chance to rip a devoted tight fist apart.
Another counter movement is the Nice Guys Association of Nigeria, with the slogan “You are doing well” and a call-to-action: Send Your Account Details. But like all false designs, it is anonymous. No one has signed up, nor have any women sent in account details to the prodigal fraternity.
Women must reject any group that tends to suggest they should not make their own money. Patriarchy can be kind like that, but it never ends well. In the course of all this, Kevin Ugwu, a Nigerian priest in Malawi yesterday shared some remarks about the implication of the trend.
“It’s like saying a man’s worth is in the size of his pocket while a woman’s worth is in the size of her socket. It is this sort of distinction of pocket and socket that fuels rape and cheating.” End the trend, the jovial man of God urged. While his point is well noted, he forgets the protection the movement is providing for genuinely poor men who have finally found an excuse.
They have suffered for years. If a man is unable to triumph over poverty, he can at least escape its judgment. For now.