What do you know about somersaulting engagement ring or Blackberry phones encrusted with diamonds? Nothing!!! Cos you’re in London tapping your oyster upandan while your mates are living it up in Sloane Street sipping sham-pag-nay and living large! That’s Lagos to London for you!
Channel 4 did a TV documentary featuring some of the super rich in Nigeria and we watched them talk about spending and living life as part of the elite in both Nigeria and the UK.
Featured on the programme were Ocee and Ozee Mbadiwe – the Mbadiwe twins (party and events promoters), Toke Makinwa (on-air personality and vlogger), Cuppy (DJ) and Temi (fashion blogger) Otedola, and Alexander Amosu (shopper and blingage extraordinaire).
Our overriding thought was this – we know there are fat cat Nigerians. We grew up with them, we see their cars, their houses and we bump into them at Murtala Muhammad Airport. But the average Brit will probably only ever bump into the Nigerian traffic warden, street sweeper, or blue collar worker. They will never know that far from being some poor, impoverished country, we also earn it. And spend it. Lavishly, too.
If only for that reason, I thank Channel 4 for this programme. But once is enough, Channel 4, thank you.
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