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The Rich Are Raising Their Kids Differently

The Rich Are Raising Their Kids Differently In Nigeria
A friend that worked with Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) got a new job with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It was everything a young lady could think of. The pay was good, and it sounds so pleasant to announce the new place of work. One day, she ran into a respectable Senior Advocate of Nigeria she worked with in NBA, and in the course of their discussion, she revealed her new position and work place.
After congratulating her, the Senior Advocate said to her: ‘My kids think that 9 to 5 is history. My first daughter dropped her law degree and switched to photography.’
In the past, the rich had a structured plan for their kids. They desired to raise Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers. In those days, career paths like photography, sports, poetry and even some university degrees were considered as inferior. The society saw any child from a wealthy background that chose such path as rebellion. For that reason, most creatives from wealthy backgrounds always faced the question: ‘What was your parents’ reaction when you told them of your dream?’
Children Of Rich Nigerians Are Different
The likes of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Charley Boy Oputa faced such queries every time they met the press. But today, things have changed. The children of the rich are toeing career paths the rich of the past believed were for the commoners. And their parents are supporting them.
The son of Governor Soludo, Ozonna, is a musician, and his daughter is a fashion designer. Adedeji Adeleke gives Davido every support he needs. The billionaire Otedola allows his girls to live their lives, and knowing that Peter Obi’s son is into acting came as a surprise to many that expected a man of Obi’s disposition not to be flexible.
Knowing that the world is changing so fast, one is at inclined to ask if the rich are becoming too liberal, or is this new trend an indication of where the universe is heading to?
Ozii Baba, a TedX Speaker, is an Onitsha-based storyteller and social entrepreneur. He works directly with children and young people.

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