Life right from time has been termed as not being fair. You wonder why some people control resources, while other people are part of the resources being controlled. Some are rich, some are poor; you ask why? Well, nobody has the outright answer to that question yet, but that is not even the bane of discussion.
Stereotypically, rich kids are expected to be lazy, as they allegedly get whatever they want from their parents in material resources. It is a trend to see the ‘spoilt brats” and bullies in schools as the children of rich people whose parents are too busy making money that they seemingly don’t have time to teach their children etiquette and morals. For most people, it is very surprising and much of a big deal if a rich kid is humble and respectful.
Likewise, when people see children of rich people working hard to get their money, they feel it is hard of the ordinary. Some go as far as saying why do the parents make the children suffer by making them work to get money, when they could always live till forever on their parents’ riches.
In a recent interview, daughter of billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola, Tolani Otedola, who has recently just completed her education on becoming a musician said “If you tell me I am taking advantage of my father’s fame, I will not argue with you. I have already accepted that people will form their own opinions about me and I don’t intend to fight it. I will try to work hard and hope that my music speaks for me. It’s a mistake for people to think that since we were born into a wealthy home, we don’t need to work for anything. My father takes care of us, but his money is not ours. Parents like to support their children, but I don’t think they want us to depend on them forever. One day, my parents will not be around again and I will need to take care of myself”.
Similarly, her fast rising DJ sister, DJ Cuppy said “People have to understand that just because I was born into my family does not mean that it opens all doors, that is everyone’s outside perspective. My inside perspective is just being someone’s child; how can being someone’s child be used against you? I can walk into a room and before I even open my mouth, everyone has decided, and it’s like you are not giving a young woman a chance to even prove herself.”
Now talking about “opening doors”, Adenuga’s son, Paddy Adenuga, boasted on his social media platform about how he almost bought Chevron in Netherlands at age 29, and it got people talking. The question is: is it Paddy’s education and intelligence that made that possible or the fact that his father’s influence skyrocketed him to such position? How many ordinary Nigerian graduate at 29 get the opportunity to rapport with top magnates and even propose buying a multinational brand? Most of the times, it dies in their dreams.
Similarly, in Nigeria, to succeed as a female in the industry takes a lot of work, and even after the work, the males just always seem to dominate. DJ Cuppy is not the first female DJ we would have in the Nigerian entertainment industry; there were so many others before her, but these days she seems to be everywhere. Why would so many people want to have Cuppy play at their events? It is not only because she is hardworking.
Davido succeeded easily and quick as a musician because there was a money and influence factor to it. In fact just a very few acts would have survived the scandals that followed the “Fia’ singer successfully, especially the ones relative to the mysterious deaths of three of his friends. But a popular Yoruba saying says “any issue money cannot solve, then let’s not talk about it at all”.
No one is ruling out the fact that these folks make efforts, but then when they go on their various social media platforms and talk about “burning candles” like a typical, average Nigerian youth does, we can’t help but picture the candles in gold.