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By Dennis Raymond
The acronym MMM in recent times cannot be confused for Money Making Machine (The previously popular meaning given to the acronym). It stands for the Mavrodi Mundial Movement, a scheme that shares the ideology of communal contributions. MMM seeks to create a community where people give willing donations to each other.
These donations are not compulsory and no one is forced to make them. However, there is a little benefit attached to donating. This benefit has helped to bring people on board this scheme and so far so good. MMM advices you to only donate spare money and it has no account so there is no direct deposit.
MMM is currently present in about 118 countries. In recent times, it has always faced government and media persecution wherever it goes, the reason for this isn’t far-fetched. MMM could mean an end to the current world order.
However, the focus of this article isn’t on MMM Global, but MMM Nigeria. Prior to the month of December while MMM Nigeria had its share of government and media persecution but everything came to a head on Tuesday, 13th of December 2016, when as was the routine, MMM took a very temporary measure to prevent an imbalance in the system due to the usual festive rush, the system was experiencing more demands and lesser supply, plus issues like fake proof of payments and default in payment.
The administrators in light of this sad development took a wise, albeit discomforting step to stem the rise of these ills, they froze payments for 30days. In a sane country, such a measure should have gone unnoticed as this was temporary.
Alas, the media jumped on this and chose to spread false news, insisting and stating emphatically in their articles that MMM Nigeria has come to an end. Headlines were overboard as they were forged to create fear in the minds of the populace
Now, let me show you something. MMM Nigeria since its inception has had millions of testimonies. I, for one, am a living testimony (like my Christian brethren would say). MMM helped me settle my professional exam bills worth N58,000, which ordinarily my parents can’t afford. Back at home, we literally live from hand to mouth, my school fees for the immediate past semester seemed insurmountable, but through the help I got from MMM I was able to pay up and write my end of session exams, currently I am getting help by January to enable me afford my annual house rent which is quite expensive since my school hostels are run by private individuals.
A friend of mine, James, who stopped schooling early this year because his dad had absconded with another woman and left him to fend for himself; his dreams of working in a financial institution was being dashed before his very eyes. He wasn’t able to buy textbooks and pay tuition fees, he had to squat with mates who treated him with contempt because he couldn’t afford to contribute to the house. Three months ago, he resumed school, having received help from MMM, his hopes back on and his tears wiped away.
MMM participants are practically keeping him in school. A man who sells in front of my hostel gate, Papa Chibueze, who had been there for quite a number of years, had more children than he could cater for, two of his kids were out of school and malnutrition was obviously a problem for this family of 8. Everyday, his kids would sit at home doing nothing and watching their contemporaries commute to and from school. The first child In particular is very brilliant and always asked us questions when opportune to. He obviously longed to be like us, go to school and become a useful tool in the society. The recession hit his father’s business badly, making things worse for the family until MMM came, his dad who was recently made a guider, has been able to put all of them in good schools move to a better house and expand his business. Again, a MMM participant has put a smile on the face of another family.
MMM currently has between about 1-3million members, this consists of families, students, workers e.t.c. These people no longer feel the deep bites of the current recession. People are happy and dreams are being saved. Yet, the supposed elite have refused to see this, they have refused to envisage the amount of harm they are causing by spreading panic. They think they are helping but no, they are about to send me and some of my mates out of school. They are about to kill the dreams of more than a thousand students and Nigeria’s future leaders who rely on MMM to see themselves through the tertiary institution. They want families back to square one, they want Papa Chibueze’s first son to grow into an uneducated nuisance. Yes, they feel smart for spreading panic and condemning the scheme, yet they refuse to consider how dumb it will be if the writer of this article has to stop going to school because of their smartness, or if business that can no longer get loans from banks collapse and people are jobless.
I hope this article makes them think deeper. What one doesn’t understand, he tends to hate, but I implore you try now harder than ever before to understand how MMM works, and if you don’t like it, leave it for us.
To MMM participants Nigeria, be steadfast, this is only temporary, by January, MMM would bounce back and there would be payouts, don’t join in spreading panic. Spread the truth, MMM is real and its helping.
Together, we shall overcome.
Dennis writes from Imo State University