Though no cases have been formally reported to the Gender Centre at the University of Dar es Salaam regarding female students dating older men for money, such a choice of lifestyle is however pervasive in most colleges in Dar es Salaam.

“He was an understanding man and told me that if I ever wanted to get married, he would support me,” reveals Linda.

Having been dumped for an older woman in her previous relationship, Linda was heartbroken and her self-esteem plummeted. He was always available for me, treated me right and helped rebuild my self-esteem,” she confesses.

She decided to postpone her studies, planning to resume once everything was settled back at home.

Upon her return to the city, Aida decided university life was not for her.

She shops at some of the city’s most exorbitant malls and is always at an exclusive party every weekend.

At the age of 22, the university student has explored the most scenic parts of the country. Reality is, Rahma’s life, however pleasant it might seem, has a secret behind it – she relies on men, who are sometimes more than twice her age, to keep up with the high-class lifestyle.

Dating apps such as Tinder, Match.com, Badoo, among others, are very popular among young women and men alike in Tanzania.

they use these platforms to meet potential partners, some use them to track down rich older men.

These men, who more often than not fall prey to strategic traps set for them by women on the loop, at times are married with families of their own.

The relationship therefore is covert, lest they risk losing everything once things are put out in the open.

She was a complete stranger in a new city – bewildered by the new life she’d encountered.“I managed to make a new friend at the university and she offered to help me with my accommodation conundrum by letting me move into her apartment,” she says.