I would love the hear your thoughts and opinions on this article by British society magazine Tatler which highlights the lifestyle of Nigerians born into wealth and privilege. I’m not familiar with the magazine, and maybe I fail to see the relevance of this entire print because what I read simply covered the overly-privileged discussing their privileges.
True, the editor may have tweaked words here and there; and there are some accurate, not so shallow truths present but I still find this article a tad bit repulsive and unnecessary. Thoughts?
Which issue of Tatler is this? I will say, I’ve never seen a poor Nigerian in my part of the woods. Going to read the article now.
Thank you form sharing this. My initial reaction to this article was while their showcasing their “fabulous” lifestyle, millions of Nigerian are still suffering from Malaria, Polio, lack of electricity and running water. All the while government officials are stealing money and sending their children to private schools overseas. This is why I see issues with perceptions of what Nigerians who are back home think of Nigerians who live in Diaspora. They read something like this that we’re living a wealthy life not realizing that people are working 2-3 jobs just to send them $100 a month. This article annoys me and will definitely send it to my dad to see what he thinks. Thanks.
Every country has it’s elite. Every country has it’s problems. Why does the world always want Africa’s elite to be apologetic about it? Interesting article
There are different implications, issues and societal factors in every country. I don’t think it’s as simple as saying that every country has its elite and every country has their own problems, or that the world wants Africa’s elite to be apologetic. What world is this? Europe and the Middle East aren’t complaining about rich Africans spending their money in London and Dubai. They love it. Africa’s elite spending all their money outside of Africa is their wet dream, and Africa’s nouveau riche have provided foreign economies with more nocturnal emissions than they could have ever hoped for. The criticism is largely from Africans.
Opulence, extravagance and ostentation is in maximum overdrive in many facets and corners of life in Nigeria. The wealthy Nigerians do it obviously as explained in this article, going on lavish shopping excursions to London, Dubai etc. The poor do it by living vicariously through the rich, and hoping that they too could get the opportunity to live like that one day. Until then, reading Linda Ikeji’s blog detailing the life of the rich, and listening to D’Banj and Wizkid rap about champagne, ferraris, lambos and the fast life will do. What little they have, they will tithe to their church because their pastor told them that the more they give, the more they will be blessed and highly favored, and that riches will come their way in due time. Meanwhile, the pastor just bought a jet, and is gallivanting around spreading his “gospel”. The congregation will defend the pastor and his lifestyle because they consider what he’s doing “God’s work”. All the while, they have nothing to their name. They’re still waiting for their blessing and favors to come to fruition so that they too can spend like the Ogas at the top.
It’s a vicious cycle, and Nigerians and the Nigerian economy are the losers here. All the opulence and extravagant lifestyles are wholly maintained by spending money outside of Nigeria, and preferably in London, Dubai, NYC, Beverly Hills etc. Outside economies are prospering heavily. This group of nouveau riche Nigerians don’t seem to care about propping up their own economies. Their entire existence is one of consumption. They are happy to just be consumers. It’s all about consumption for them, and consumption at the highest level. They only want to spend their consumption money outside of Nigeria. This is the difference between the elite in other countries and those in Nigeria. A rich New Yorker will go to Fifth Avenue. In Beverly Hills, they will go to Rodeo Drive. Their money is still bolstering their economy. A Nigerian will fly to London or Dubai just for a shopping trip. Nigerian money is always leaving. It never stays.