Standard Newspaper on Monday published the story and misled all of us. A satirical story that Eritrean men have been ordered to marry at least two wives, which has been shared across Africa has turned out to be FALSE.
“Even a madman in [the Eritrean capital] Asmara would know that this story was not true,” an Eritrean official told the BBC.
The hoax was first published online on a Kenyan news site called Crazy Monday. Some men have even declared their readiness to relocate to Eritrea to find a new wife.
Crazy Monday, which is published by the Standard newspaper, is well known for its focus on scandalous stories and gossip as part of an attempt to attract a younger readership, says Mathias Muindi from the BBC’s media monitoring service unknown to us.
But this has gone wide in so many African countries with Nigeria and South Africa taking the lead.
As you know, it has been trending on Nigerian Twitter for days with some sharing links to the Eritrea’s visa application documents. Some male celebrities have even joked about relocating to Eritrea with so many memes also been passed around. So now you know, it’s false, let it slide. Lol.