A photo of a South Sudanese girl, Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, who is set to becoming Africa’s most ‘expensive girl’ if there is any title like that.
This follows a business tycoon’s decision to pay a bride of a record 500 cows and three V8 cars as dowry for Nyalong’s hand in marriage.
According to reports, Nyalong Jalang who is just a 17-year-old hailing from Awerial in Eastern Lakes State commonly called Yirol has five men, lined up in a fierce competition to marry her.
Among the suitors competing for Nyalong’s heart are a deputy governor of eastern Lakes State, David Mayom Riak. It is in his bid to beat the stiff competition that the businessman, Kok Alat, has made the outrageous offer even though the bride price in the area is typically 20 to 40 cows.
A Facebook user, Kwabena Frimpong Manso who shared the story asking social media users to mention how many cows they would be willing to pay for Nyalong’s hand in marriage.
“Meet Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang whose dowry is 500 cows and 3 V8 cars. She hails from Awerial in former Lake State in South Sudan. Currently, 5 men are competing to marry her.
Out of 5 men, one is leading with 500 cows and 3 V8 cars and that’s none other than Kok Alat.
Among the competitors is the former commissioner of Awerial and the current deputy governor of Eastern Lakes State, among others. Secondly, if you were to join the race how many cows would you pay to marry her?,” he wrote.
YEN.com.gh checks suggest that Nyalong has still not agreed to marry any of her suitors yet but Kok Alat may have an advantage with his huge offer.
According to a report on Edge.ug, while cows cost between 5,000 and 21,000 South Sudan Pounds (40-161 US dollars), V8s, usually second-hand from Dubai, cost 5,000 to 10,000 US dollars.
This means that Kok Alat is willing to pay in excess of 35,000 US dollars even if you take the lower estimates.
Kok Alat, the report added, is a self-made and successful businessman who already has nine wives.
He reportedly started his business in the 90s at Kakuma Refugee Camp in north western Turkana County, Kenya by borrowing Ksh250 from International Rescue Committee (IRC), an NGO that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.
He has since turned it into multi-million dollar business in South Sudan.