Since Monday, the social media has been abuzz with African men joining the Stingy Men Association (SMA), an alleged network of men who are not willing to spend their money on women(wives and girlfriends).
Courtesy of the BBC News (pidgin), this article traces the origin of the movement and what it has achieved so far.
How it started
The Stingy Men Association began in Zambia on social media after a man Leonard Mweembe was arrested for allegedly beating his wife after she asked for money to make her hair in November 2020. What you should know about Stingy Men Association
Mweembe repeatedly told his wife that he could not give her the K150(Sh 900) she wanted but could only afford a maximum of K10(Sh60) because he was now a member of the Stingy Men Association of Zambia(SMAZ).
A Zambian news outlet Zambian Observer, reported that Mweembe was arrested after he beat his wife for asking money to make her hair. The wife who was treated at Ndola Teaching Hospital said “it started like a joke.”
In November 2020, the Stingy Men Association had grown into a fully fledged savings organization in Zambia with claims that it bought a passenger plane.
In Nigeria, the Stingy Men Association started in January 2021 as a group of men who were unwilling to spend their money on women. On online platforms, the men shared images of their membership cards.
From their motto which reads: “Let Me See What I Can Do”, association members are supposed to give excuses whenever a woman asks for money from them. What you should know about Stingy Men Association
Some of the most common excuses are: “I wish you had told me earlier,” “I am expecting some money next week,” and other reasons to avoid sending money.
An interested person is required to fill a membership form and swear on the association’s oath.
Once a member, a man is supposed to observe strict codes which forbids one from having birthday parties. Also, a member is not supposed to send transport money to a woman.
To have a card, a new member is supposed to download the Stingy Men mobile app from the Google Play Store and fill in personal details from which an electronic card is generated. The Stingy Men mobile app had more than 10,000 downloads on Wednesday. What you should know about Stingy Men Association
A Nigerian singer Don Jazzy shared his membership card on Twitter inviting hundreds of men to share theirs too.
Registration complete pic.twitter.com/IU4QPBlrms— IT’S DON JAZZY AGAIN (@DONJAZZY) January 11, 2021
In Kenya, the Stingy Men Association has taken men by storm ahead of the February 14 Valentine’s Day.
Comedian and YouTuber Henry Desagu shared his card as the Treasurer of the SMA Mwihoko branch.
Another member who is yet to generate his card said the maximum he shall be spending on his girlfriend’s hair is Sh600.
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How To Make A Stingy Men Association Card
We do not condone it, but if you are going to do it, let’s make sure you do it right
Trends nowadays are like clockwork. One ends and another one pops up. The most recent one is the stingy men association membership craze doing rounds on social media.
It entails guys making cards and joining the association. Now as I said, we do not condone it. However, if you are going to do it, let’s make sure you do it right. We do not like what I’m seeing people coming up with.
Before we go on, let’s find out what it is all about and how you can make an acceptable card.
What is the Stingy Men Association?
The Stingy Men Association, according to the “men of Nigeria” is an online craze of men who do not want to spend money on their women. That is (girlfriends and or wives).
It started in January 2021 in Nigeria as a group of men who were unwilling to spend their money on women. On online platforms, the men shared images of their membership cards.
From their motto which reads: “Let Me See What I Can Do”, association members are supposed to give excuses whenever a woman asks for money from them.
Members are not supposed to send money to women. Instead, they are supposed to give excuses like: “Let me see what I can do,” or “My Mpesa has a problem”.
Now that you understand the premise and if you still want to make a card, here’s how to go about it.
How to Make A membership Card
Below is a template specifically for men in Kenya who would like to be part of the association.
- Download the image. Long press the image and then save it on your smartphone when the pop up comes.
- Download a photo editor like picsart or use an inbuilt image editor to help you add details onto the card
- Add the details accordingly: your name, position, country and ID number as in the image above.
- Take a selfie and add the image onto the card.
Yes, it’s that simple. Then you can use this to ‘impress’ your friends on social media.