Girl: Dad, I’m in love with a boy who is far away from me. I am in Ghana and he lives in UK. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp, proposed to each other on Skype and now we’ve had two months of relationship through Viber. I need your blessings and good wishes Daddy.
Dad: Wow! Really!! Then get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, Buy your kids on eBay, send them through Gmail and if you’re fed up with your husband, sell him on tonaton.com…. Nonsense Generation!
I saw this post on a friend’s wall this weekend and it really got me thinking about the #263Chat conversation which Sir Nige and the Royal Netherlands Embassy hosted a few weeks ago, in which Minister of ICTs, Nelson Chamisa, introduced the term (at least to me) of ‘e-lobola’.
These days, it’s quite possible to envisage a lobola transaction happening via EcoCash and as Chamisa noted, the brokering of relationships often hinges on the use of online tools, as a substitute, or complement, to the offline realm.
Her Zimbabwe took the conversation to our followers and it is quite interesting to read some of their analyses. Here is a run down of some of the more interesting comments;
“In all fairness though, online would make the whole procedure very unfriendly and not family orientated.”
“What about all those aspect of vakuwasha ngavachipinda etc how does the family meet online as well?”
“That’s a horrible idea. The whole point of lobola proceedings is to interact IN PERSON. It should stay that way.”
“E-lobola will be a good initiative. One can marry while attending a meeting.”
“E-lobola is a good initiative. No need to spend the whole day negotiating.”
“We are already dating online & arranging marriages, weddings online.”
Food for thought indeed! But Minister Chamisa – as well as his fellow discussants – engaged with a range of other issues . Watch the video below for a feel of it.
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