Taiwo, a Yoruba name given to the older of twin siblings, trended worldwide on Twitter on Wednsday. The sensational story started early Wednesday morning when a Twitter user, Miriam Shalom Shehu told a heart wrenching tale of betrayal. The extent to which the story went viral can be attributed to two things; the shear size of Nigerians on Twitter, and the fact that this story fit right into the narrative of Yoruba boys being players, what is termed in Nigeria as ‘Yoruba demons’.

According to Miriam, she had recently found out over the weekend that her fiance whom she had been engaged to for three years, had gotten married. His name, Taiwo.  Miriam went on to explain that she had sponsored Taiwo to get a  Masters degree in Kingston. Listing out instances where she had gone above and beyond for the relationship, “You wanted me to quit my practice in Tel Aviv and come back to Nigeria against my parent’s wishes. I was ready to do that for you” Miriam tweeted. The man in question, Taiwo, had even called her recently after the wedding still professing his love for her, she claimed.

According to Miriam, she had recently found out over the weekend that her fiance whom she had been engaged to for three years, had gotten married.

In a classic scorned lover move, she cursed Taiwo tweeting “It will never be well with you.”

Different users had varied responses to the story. Some doubted the authenticity of the story. Others berated the supposed perpetrator Taiwo for being inhumane going as far as advising Miriam to sue him for fraud. Many others came to Taiwo’s aid, reminding all that they had only heard one side of the story.

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At about lunch time, the sensational story took a new turn. The scorned, Miriam deactivated her Twitter account. Minutes later, Taiwo, the subject of worldwide curiosity, surfaced. He had been following the story and now sought to clear his name.

Taiwo refuted Miriam’s claims, insisting the story was not as she had made it out to be. Yes, Miriam had provided him financial aid during his Masters program but not as much as to claim she had sponsored his degree. She had only helped with miscellaneous expenses. “Mirian did NOT single handedly sponsor my Maters programme…In total I spent close to 5,000 pounds, what is she? A philanthropist?” “Fine she did take care of some bills and boxed me up when I needed credit. My parents and I financed my program. Make no mistake” he tweeted.

He went on to say he had not been engaged to her for as long as she claimed.

Taiwo hinted vaguely at a ‘secret’ of Miriam’s he had discovered. He refused to divulge the secret stating his respect for her privacy as the reason. Said secret, was why he had decided he could not marry her.

Nigerians again reacted to this plot twist. Many of them doubted the authenticity of this Taiwo. In truth, it could easily have been any Twitter user looking to garner attention. Others questioned the very existence of a Taiwo. To them, the story sounded like a fable. Why, they asked, had Taiwo mysteriously appeared minutes after Miriam deactivated her account?

Most often, stories like this tale of Miriam and Taiwo are a welcome distraction from the hardships of the nation.

Meanwhile, it was discovered that the Miriam in question had been involved in a minor scandal earlier. She had claimed the President Buhari’s daughter Zahra Buhari, had thrown her out of a boutique while shopping. This story was later found to be untrue.

Nigerian twitter is exciting and often filled with Nollywood level drama. This was not the first sensational story and it will definitely not be the last. Twitter has come to be a place where citizens of the most populous nation in Africa gather to discuss politics, music, movies, sensational stories and more.

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On the streets of Nigeria, outlandish spectacles are to be expected. Fact, in this country of over 180 million, is often stranger than fiction. Quite frankly anything can and does happen. So it is no surprise that with the move of such an engaging people to social media platforms like Twitter, the unpredictable nature of the Nigerian reality would present itself online as well.

Most often, stories like this tale of Miriam and Taiwo are a welcome distraction from the hardships of the nation.