Fraternities Are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 4 – The Deviation

Gang members Trig and Mack photographed on the council estate where they live in east London Wednesday, 16 September 2009. Ph: Rebecca Reid

Most University Campus Grown Fraternities (UCGFs) started as idealistic brotherhoods with the reverie of changing some aspects of society. Most founding members never really believed it would achieve its aim, become a prominent phenomenon or even become a menace to society (which they have become). Most of the young founders were academics and intellectuals, but none were good organisers; “Frankenstein’s monster” came too early. The plethora of organisational failures that came to plague UCGFs is infectious.

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Fraternities and the Tolerance of Psychopaths

 

The Nigerian university campus grown fraternity (UCGF) tended to start well but end up acquiring a good number of psychopaths. Most members of these fraternities are serial victims of these psychopaths (sometimes the same ones) who eventually and permanently hold the reins of power. Why would educated men endure being repeat victims indefinitely? Richard Dawkins’ Self Gene holds the answer; these fraternities are enclaves that contain cheats (psychopaths), suckers (victims) and grudgers (resistors to psychopaths). The tolerance of Cheats in fraternities reveals far more about them than is sanely desirable.

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