Do you know the slang terms “WBHBYD” and “WKHKYD” that are commonly used among young males in Ghana’s streets?
In order to successfully navigate Ghana’s marketplaces, it is crucial to possess bravery, ambition, and street smarts. Without these qualities, you may fall victim to fraud or unsolicited business proposals from strangers. It is only when you possess these attributes that you can confidently and safely navigate the city.
However, street smarts can be beneficial in any location worldwide, but utilizing them effectively in Ghana’s marketplace can prevent disappointment, particularly when visiting the popular Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
The Kwame Nkrumah Circle is a bustling commercial district in Accra, renowned for its wide selection of electronic goods, including smartphones, laptops, computers and accessories. The market is popular not just among locals, but also with individuals living outside of Accra, who come to the market to repair and maintain their electronic devices.
The Kwame Nkrumah Interchange is a bustling hub of activity, with vendors selling everything from electronics and smartphones to designer clothing and accessories. The businesspeople at this location are experts in their field, and they are always willing to help customers find the products and solutions they need.
Whether you’re looking for the latest smartphones or tablets, or you need help with a specific technology problem, the vendors at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange can help. They are well-versed in the latest technology trends and can provide advice and guidance on everything from software and hardware to mobile apps and internet security.
While the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange is known for being a popular spot for purchasing electronics and apparel, it also has a reputation for being the base of operations for scam artists seeking their next target.
Through the years, we have come across numerous accounts of people who went to the marketplace with the intention of buying goods, only to be deceived. In 2016, I even had firsthand experience with this.
Nobody, including you, deserves to be taken by surprise. This article outlines five scams to watch out for when visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and explains what “WKHKYD” signify.
What is the meaning of “WKHKYD”?
The trend of “WKHKYD” is currently gaining popularity on Ghanaian social media platforms.
The trend started when a viral video circulated of a young Ghanaian man telling a story in his native language, which MandyNews.com had suspected to be one of these bad buys at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.
The abbreviation “WKHKYD,” which has gained widespread popularity, stands for “Wo K) H) K) Y3 D3N” in English and translates to “What did you go and do there?”
“WBHBYD” can also be interpreted as “What did you come and do here,” which is pronounced “Wo Ba Ha B3 Y3 D3N.”
The internet has seen a surge in the popularity of the acronyms “WKHKYD” and “WBHBYD,” leading to users referencing the young man’s speech in their photographs and videos.
Mandy News suspected the young man to be a con artist and he revealed his scam tactics on the video. He targeted individuals who are looking to purchase an iPhone and ensured they received fake items in the box. This type of scam will be further discussed in the following paragraph.
Switch and Bait
The scam involves an outdated tactic where the con artist provides a potential customer with a phone to examine. If the customer expresses interest, they are asked to pay for the product. Afterwards, the seller requests the phone to be returned for “correct packaging.” However, once returned, the phone is switched with a counterfeit version.
It is advisable to avoid purchasing gadgets from individuals who do not operate a physical storefront. Many individuals who offer gadgets at suspiciously low prices may not have honorable intentions. A common scam that is frequently used is when a scammer offers to sell a phone at an extremely low cost, but later changes their mind and requests the phone back while offering to return the victim’s money. However, upon returning the phone, the scammer will provide papers wrapped with real currency instead of the original payment.
Navigating through the Kwame Nkrumah Circle can be hectic, with a diverse crowd. To ensure the safety of your belongings, it is important to keep a vigilant eye on them. Additionally, when browsing through stores and inquiring about products, it is crucial to remain focused and not get easily distracted. Unfortunately, pickpocketers may take advantage of a moment of inattention and steal items such as purses, wallets, or electronics.
All of these are what they referred to as WKHKYD and WBHBYD.
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