By Daniel Akinte

A popular Telegram-based cryptocurrency mining game called Tapswap is currently trending across social media platforms in Nigeria, as many users excitedly tap their phones to earn money.

The game allows players to mine digital tokens simply by tapping their phones, resulting in an explosion of posts and discussions on various platforms. 

Some netizens have expressed delight at the opportunity to earn money while having fun, while others remain skeptical about the game’s legitimacy. 

The buzz around Tapswap is making it a hot topic among Nigerians eager to explore the world of cryptocurrency.

A Facebook user, Marcus Jr., remarked, “This is what Western countries develop for fun and to keep their citizens busy and enable them to make money aside from what the government pays them monthly. But Nigerians won’t allow them to enjoy their things in peace. 

That’s why they banned Nigerians after recording 90% of users to be Nigerians. Poverty doesn’t finish us.”

Another user, Theodosius Opeyemi Babatunde, criticized the government, stating, “APC government has blocked access since yesterday, but when one door closes… God shames evil and wicked governments who ought to go after big thieves stealing subsidy but they took away the only saturated dividend of democracy and now destroyed the nation’s currency without any vision on how to remedy the situation.”

Also, Tafkam Cham humorously commented on his family’s involvement, “Me when you are a palm wine tapper you can imagine how I am tapping. Omo na 12 phones I get so my ten children are tapping steady. My wife even do ojoro tapping. We don’t turn to family business.”

In his own reaction, Arugha Emmanuel Eferobo added a playful twist, “After tapping from people’s grace, it’s now Bitcoin that Nigerians are now tapping from. Palm wine tappers association of Nigeria make una continue . Wetin portable nor go see for police station fence .”

Ec Prince speculated on potential police reactions, “The next thing now will be, if Police see Telegram on your phone , they will call you a yahoo boy. Nothing wey person no fit suffer for this wicked bad government country .”

Larry Update 24/7 humorously noted, “Nigerians are no more tapping blessings from God, but instead they are tapping their phones .”

Rosie Leen commented on Nigerians’ opportunistic nature, “We Nigerians never take opportunities for granted. We grab them with all our strength and might. .”

While commenting, Samson Bude attributed the trend to poverty, saying, “This is the reaction of ‘absolute poverty’ in the land. Government remains irresponsible enough, so the youths have turned to other sources of survival!”

Amaechi Obasi expressed skepticism but acknowledged the game’s popularity, “In Abuja every nook and cranny, guys are tapping even at midnight on the streets. I wonder what they are tapping. It is today I know. May God save our country Nigeria, especially the youths of this country.”

Micheal Dolapo viewed Tapswap as a blessing, “See, make nobody stop our shine to tap swap ooo. Cause God way we dey serve dey Nigeria back. If the government is doing its thing, my father will surely make way for his people to survive. Bad belle way wan block us God go choke am… Ajeee.”

A user, Bigg Talib defended the game as a means of additional income, “It’s not about being poor. Someone tapping might add another income to his balance. After all, it’s just to tap the phone, which isn’t hard. If people can go out and vote for 8k, why can’t they tap for money? As long as it’s money and it’s free, give it a trial. It doesn’t mean they are poor.”

Olarunde Shakirudeen Bello addressed the critics, “So many ignoramuses in the comment section. It’s true this goes viral in Nigeria because of unemployment, but anyone can play and earn even in a country as good as developed countries.”


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