Let us not mix things up please. Obi Cubana is not among the richest men and women in Anambra. The reason for all this media buzz over the burial of his mum is because he is in showbiz.
It is for the same reason that when Davido or Linda Ikeji buys a car or buys a house, the news is splashed over the social media. Do you get to hear when Dangote or Innoson buys a car or builds a house? No. Because they are not in showbiz. It is not news for them. You will get to know when they build a new factory.
This is one thing I tell my children, nephews and nieces whenever we have our regular discussions about life issues, especially the lifestyle of celebrities. They would mention Davido or CRonaldo or Beyonce and talk about how rich they are and how they spend money like water. I would ask them if they have ever seen the name of any of these showbiz celebrities on the list of the richest men in the world or in Nigeria. They would say no.
I would remind them that Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who wears the same colour of T-shirt every day, can buy all these celebrities, their family members and even village people, if people could be bought.
Media buzz is the oxygen celebrities live on. Sometimes some of them or their media handlers even send out exaggerated stories or false stories or hints through their media contacts just to keep the media world abuzz. And so you see young people arguing that Davido truly has 30 billion naira in his account or whether a bottle of Gouts de Diamants (Taste of Diamonds), which Don Jazzy claimed to be the first Nigerian to taste, costs almost two million dollars per bottle.
It is for this reason that the Kardarshians started a TV show.
There are millions of people who want to see how celebrities live their lives and flaunt their wealth. It is a global thing.
The problem is when young people get carried away by the media blitz and try to get involved in crime so as to make the wealth to flaunt like celebrities. That is where a solid foundation is necessary for our children. Do your best to give them the right direction, continue to reinforce that, and leave the rest to God.
Credit: Agunze Azuka Onwuka