There is nothing bad in flaunting your wealth or that of your parents but in these economic times restraint was needed on DJ Cuppy's part.
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In the documentary you could smell the crisp Pound Sterling notes when DJ Cuppy spoke. Further into ‘Lagos To London’ DJ Cuppy revealed that when she is in Lagos she moves around in a bulletproof car. She however said that this safety measure was her father’s idea- the oil tycoon Femi Otedola.
Now there has been a backlash from Nigerians concerning the documentary. As usual Nigerians who are fond of money shaming the rich had several things to say about the display of money and wealth in the documentary.
DJ Cuppy herself was dragged for not only living an expensive lifestyle and also flaunting it. There is nothing Nigerians hate most than a rich person showing off his wealth. It irritates Nigerians. There is this sad belief in this country that rich people should be humble. We expect rich people not to be proud of their achievements. We expect them to go around their business quietly.
Why Nigerians think this way is baffling. There is nothing wrong with a rich man being proud and showing off how much money he has. There is nothing wrong with a millionaire showering his kids with expensive gifts. It is not illegal neither is it immoral. Unfortunately Nigerians shame and guilt trip the rich for doing this.
This was the same thing they did to DJ Cuppy. Thankfully she didn’t react to the stupid tweets. She is smarter than that. DJ Cuppy shouldn't feel guilty that her father worked enough to get her the finer things in life. DJ Cuppy shouldn't be made to feel like an evil person for enjoying her father’s wealth.
Although there is nothing wrong in displaying one’s wealth DJ Cuppy should have leaned more on the side of caution. In a country where the gap between the rich and poor increases by the second, conscious flaunting of wealth shouldn't really be encouraged.
The Nigerian economy is on its knees and a lot of Nigerians who are feeling the backlash are angry with raw nerves. Anything can set them off. Majority of the ordinary Nigerians perceive the rich elite as the corrupt people who have plundered this country for decades.
This ‘Lagos To London’ feature documentary couldn’t have come at a worse time. Also with the fact that Femi Otedola is an oil magnate isn’t much of a good look now that militancy in the Niger-Delta has reared it’s ugly head again.
DJ Cuppy didn’t really do anything wrong by appearing in the documentary but a few tiny details should have been held back because this is not the best of times for the country.