'You Know I'm Just Joking' by Ayomide Tayo Stop shaming social climbers!

We need to stop shaming social climbers in our society.

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The Olumofin brothers

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Let’s not rehash the topic of old about a certain on-air-personality and a set of twins whose hobby is it to be jumping gates or climbing ladders.

Let’s leave that aside. Social media has tackled the ‘Muffin Gate’ to the point of boredom.

What I want to focus on today is social climbing. From the memes and tweets I saw over the weekend I deduced that many Nigerians see something wrong with social climbing or being a social climber. Why? It's a wonderful thing.

Joro and Dokun Olumofin play

Joro and Dokun Olumofin at the wedding

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First things first who is a social climber? According to Merriam Webster dictionary a social climber is "someone who tries to gain a higher social position or status (such as by becoming friendly with wealthy people)."

There are people who are from poor families, born without silver spoons. Throughout time we have seen people climb the social ladder so as to rise above their lowly stations. Some achieved this goal and others did not.

The successful social climbers back in time went on to create powerful families, aristocratic dynasties who surprisingly today look down on people who want to climb the so called ladder.

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I want to make one thing clear. There is nothing wrong in social climbing. A social climber is an ambitious person who wants to change his or her lot in life. It’s a desire most of us have. We want to have millions of Naira. We want to be among the high and mighty. We want Adenuga and Dangote as our neighbours. You can’t move from one level in life to a higher level with social climbing.

The people who shame social climbers are normally from established families who frown when ‘new money’ enters the room. They don’t want the social status to change. They want to be on top, and have the peasants below.

There are two strong examples of social climbers in the Bible. The thief on the cross with Jesus Christ was a social climber. You could say he famzed his way to eternity when he rebuked his fellow robber and said “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” That’s famzing, that’s social climbing. The robber socially climbed his way into Heaven.

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Wizkid is seen hanging out with Wale at an event.

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Another strong example is Bathsheba. The poor woman got tired of being the wife of Uriah, a soldier who was never around. Bathsheba wanted to move up the ladder. Hence she took her bath where King David who had a weakness for women could see her. The rest they say is history. She was a queen in a matter of months- social climber.

There tons of other examples littered in history. If the robber and Bathsheba were social climbers who are you not to be one? Don’t let anyone shame or bash you for social climbing.

Mount your gele, wear your fila and stroll into the party like your daddy is the King of Lagos. Iyalaya anybody! Na all of us go make am for this life.

However like everything else in life, social climbing must be done with class and grace. Coughs *muffins* coughs some more.

Before I end today’s piece let me remind you of a popular Yoruba Christian song that has social climbing as a prayer point.

"Oluwa joo [Lord please]

Wa gbemisoke [come, lift me up]

Oluwa joo [Lord please]

wa gbemisoke  [come, lift me up]

gbemilosi ibi giga [take me to a high place]

gbemilosi ibi giga [take me to a high place]

Oluwa joo [Lord please]

Wa gbemisoke [come, lift me up]"

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Toolz and Tunde Demuren



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