On Big Brother Naija and Paddy Adenuga By Olufunke Phillips
Everyone loves a grass to grace story.I remember Big Brother Naija this time last year, TBoss was hated for a lot of reasons. One of those flimsy reasons was that she was perceived to be some kind of privileged kid. From Romania no less. Hahahahaha. I don’t understand what kind of privilege you get from coming from Romania except you’re a member of their royal family or something.
Efe was the crowd’s favourite despite the fact that his personality was bland and the typical Warri recycled jabberjabber, everyone loves a grass to grace story. We adore it. We love it when someone comes from some obscure pit, gives us a few sob stories, cries a lot and gnashes his teeth when he remembers how he couldn’t eat for days because he was so poor.
Grass to grace stories are inspiring. They are amazing. They are beautiful. They are motivational. They are the world’s definition of success.
But you know what else is the definition of success? Grace to even more grace.
A success story isn’t less inspiring because the story didn’t start from grass. It is still a success story even if the person involved is as rich as sin.
Paddy’s story wasn’t motivational to me and that’s just because I really have no need for any motivation. My 3 kids and the fact that they MUST NEVER be hungry is enough motivation for me. It’s the strongest motivation ever so his story wasn’t particularly motivational but it was still a beautiful story. It had lessons in it. He didn’t win but it was a success story nevertheless.
His privileged background doesn’t make it less valid. He is a hustler. You don’t need to be poor and wretched before you are termed a hustler. Elon Musk is a hustler. Mark Zuckerberg is a hustler and they are definitely not poor. A hustler is someone that does things and keeps on doing till it clicks. Mark Zuckerberg wants to acquire the whole of the internet real estate. What is that if not hustling?
We are so used to poverty and we tend to romanticise it. There is nothing cute about being poor. There is nothing remotely sexy about being broke.
We should all aspire to be better. Let the poor became rich and the rich become richer.
A grass to grace story is beautiful. A grace to grace story is also beautiful and still valid. It is no less beautiful because the individual isn’t dirt poor.
He can’t apologize for being born with a silver spoon. It is not his fault.
It’s easier to do a lot of things when you’re rich. That is why you should make money. Lot’s of it.
Your story can be a grass to grace story. Your children’s stories don’t have to be. Their stories can be grace to even more grace.
If a rich Nigerian buys a huge conglomerate, it is a success story.
As long as it is not Arsenal they are buying. That would be a nightmare.
-Olufunke Phillips, is a digital influencer