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Mara Phones: The Report Card Of Africa’s Most Eminent Smartphone Ambition


October 16, 2020

There are perhaps only a few things more unnerving than accidentally getting your smartphone spoilt beyond repair when you just cannot afford it. The worst happens when the gadget nazi at your favourite repair shop says it's best to either get a new one or repair it and expect it to develop further issues anytime from when it gets fixed.

Again, it feels like the demons of tech are haunting you when you realize you have no other option than to go below your present smartphone stratification.

This was precisely the ordeal of Harrison, a resident of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, whose 6-month-old iPhone 11 Pro Max was shattered in an intense yet misplaced chase by SARS, a now-notorious unit in the Nigerian security system.

Having been wrongly labelled a fraudster because he cleaned up good and wore seemingly expensive outfits, Harrison saw no other option than to try to abscond from the ruffian-turned-officers whose intentions were to extort him or bury a bullet in his leg to drive hom...

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