By Niyi Tabiti/gistmaster.com
By now, I guess most people around the world would agree with us that Nigerians have a flamboyant lifestyle that can rarely be matched by people from other countries.
Nigerians like the superstar lifestyle, driving eye popping automobiles, looking gorgeous in our priceless designer clothes, going to the best resort for holidays . Generally, we like being show stoppers anywhere we find ourselves around the world.
Some months back, when I traveled to Ghana on official assignment, I was shocked because almost everyone I met knew that I was a Nigerian! From the airport down to town, it was easy to tell that one is a Nigerian. Yes, our lifestyle is premium.The entire ‘packaging’ of a Nigerian is different.
The philosophy of the average Nigerian is “If you don’t enjoy on earth, you can never enjoy heaven”
After some hours of deliberating on our editorials for the coming week,my colleague, Folake Alu and I decided to work on Nigerian billionaire lifestyles as a follow up to yahoo lifestyle report on the world of world richest billionaires.
While our own Aliko Dangote rides in expensive private jets (In fact, he took delivery of his 3rd private jet, a 7 billion Naira Bombardier Global Xpress early this year,Jim Walton of the Wal-Mart clan, drives a 15 year old pick up truck!
John Caudwell, David Cheriton and Chuck Feeney, whose names appeared on the forbes world richest billionaire list love to move around using public transportation,take a walk or ride bicycles!!! These are guys who could afford to buy helicopters, ride latest Ferrari or use Bentley as escorts.
Aside luxury homes scattered over the world, Nigeria billionaire, Alhaja Rasaq Okoya home on the Lekki-Ajah expressway reportedly cost him about $30 million dollars.Nigeria billionaires love erecting magnificent structures that means ‘earthly heavens’, some by the sea with luxury boat waiting for their cruise into the waters should they need to spend away from the land.
Surprisingly,the third richest man in the world, Warren Buffet lives in a five bedroom house that cost him about $31,500. The world richest man,Carlo Slim Helu has been living in the same house for 40 years
Jim Caudwell, the billionaire who is heavily into mobile phone business buy his clothes from E-street, he doesn’t visit A-list boutiques to get designer clothes.
If one is a billionaire can one emulate the modest lifestyles of people like Caudwell? I guess not in Nigeria where some people even feed their horses with money enough to pay the school fees of hundreds of school children.