Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes on an international news platform that children in Nigeria police their credulous parents on WhatsApp due to their nonchalant attitudes. Research reveals this trend is common across Africa
Popular comedians now make drama skit around these stories. The parents worry their children for help to type and send text messages.
Some of them often forget their log in details thereby having multiple accounts while others want to read emails, send or receive videos or photos as their children receive the trouble that “they must help these ‘tech-craze’ parents.
Some parents wake up and bury their faces in their smartphones and terbanacle at WhatsAPP or Facebook.
They often check people’s status and change theirs as they won’t allow their children leave them behind as ‘ancient and archaic’ people.
However, many of the children are often stress out with the demands of these parents. Some of them don’t even know how to type or they don’t want to type. They dictate the message to their children who type them and read them the replies.
A Nigerian media personality in South Africa anonymously said: “My mother has at least five Facebook accounts. She sends more pictures and videos than anyone on my contact. And when you don’t reply, she says you are ignoring her. I had to block her many times”.
My mum has put an onion in the corner of every room in the house because whatsapp advised her to. This is the peak of the whatsapp mother’s cult. I am unable to can lmao pic.twitter.com/KF894u0aHt
— a lad (@temmyoseni73) March 23, 2020
These parents tend to trust information on Facebook and WhatsApp than another sources.
However, industry watchers say these trend confirms an emerging market online via smart phone in the age bracket of fifty to seventy years.
Another interesting angle to the story is the craze of the grannies for selfies as they change their clothes and make up more often so they may pose and post nice selfies and status pictures.
This trend has killed boredom for some of them and some have got friends and ‘lovers’ through it.