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You Know I'm Just Joking by Ayomide Tayo Much ado about Mark Zuckerberg's clothes

Nigerians should stop equating a simple style of dressing to humility. Humility is about what you do and not what you wear.

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My people, I am back again. To my Lekki people, I hope the rain hasn't moved your house. Please call your neighbours to make sure your house isn't floating.

We are finally in the 'ember' months and it's about to rain more than kittens and puppies for days on end. Welcome to the third season in Nigeria's season calendar. We have the dry season, rainy season, drizzling season and harmattan.


Last week was hectic for me. I attended two shows back to back. The first was Reekado Banks' album listening party at Hard Rock Cafe. It wasn't a bad show but more importantly, there were a lot of fine women at the event. Ladies love Reekado Banks, that's all I can say.

The next day it was back to Hard Rock Cafe (I hope this place won't become pure water with the way events are being hosted there) for Jidenna's homecoming concert.

Jidenna live in Lagos play

Jidenna live in Lagos


A lot of Nigerians raised eyebrows when they found out that the ticket of the show was worth N20,000 but after watching the Nigerian-American do his thing on stage it was worth every single penny or rather in this case every single kobo.

Jidenna is a showman. The brother owned every bit of that stage and gave a great performance. It was the real package. He didn't mime. He sang live and his band was spot on. Let's not even talk about the choreography. Jidenna delivered in fine form.


I saw that silly tweet that trended on Twitter about how absurd it was for Jidenna to be charging N20,000 and Mark Zuckerberg was meeting people for free in Lagos. Well, did Zuckerberg sing 'Classic Man'? O.K I am only joking but the thing is, a lot of unnecessary things were said about the Facebook founder's visit to Lagos.

Mark Zuckerberg meets with Nigerian celebs play

Mark Zuckerberg meets with Nigerian celebs



One thing in particular that pissed me about the whole Mark Zuckerberg visit was how Nigerians translated his simple style of dressing into humility.

Oh, many people couldn't shut up about it. Mark Zuckerberg all of a sudden became humble because he wears a t-shirt, a pair of jeans and sneakers. Oh please.

I am really sick and tired of Nigerians making Mark Zuckerberg a saint because he wears only T-shirt and jeans. Nigerians and their 'warped' sense of humility (you must dress low-key to show you are humble.) I am not saying he is not humble. He is because of what he does and not how he dresses.

Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria play

Mark Zuckerberg in Nigeria



And by the way what is wrong if you dress exorbitantly as long as you can afford it? This belief of simple dressing is a sign of humility is stupid. Nigerians like money shaming rich people, especially poor Nigerians. If I have $10bn I can dress anyhow I choose to dress. What you wear has nothing to do with humility. Rather it is about what you do.

Nigerians like guilt tripping rich people in our society. "Look at the way he is dressing, is it because he has money?" or "I don't like him. He dresses flamboyantly."

Next time you hear someone saying these statements I can bet you that they are broke and miserable with their lives. Rich people don't care how rich people dress, only poor people do. So, how poor are you?

As for me when I blow I will dress like a rich man with expensive clothes. As for the haters let them say I am proud, I don't care. At the end of the day 'is it your money?'

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