Introduction

According to  Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking number 149 out of 180 countries covered by the survey. It also scored 28 on the scale of 0 – 100, with 100 being highly clean and 0 being highly corrupt.

We are a people of over 200 million cut across 250-400 ethnic groups that barely live above $1 dollar daily. Yet, we happen to be the most trivial set of humans on planet earth, bullying ourselves by the most ridiculous standards of economic gains and all out to outrun each other.

For a country that glorifies poverty, the affluence thrown around by the wealthy few comes as rather contradictory. Years after years, generations after generations, we are being told that hard work begets wealth. We are being schooled by the elders and our folklores that living is not measured by wealth.

From these learnings, we, over time, build a thick skin to weather the harshest of economic storms and swallow down our sufferings with pride.

But quite conflicting it is, that as we live past each day, a different reality that looks nothing like we are taught, sets in. That, although we proclaim conservatism and a modest lifestyle, our first intuition is to give preference to whoever has the heaviest pocket. Much more appalling is that this takes place even in our so-called “rotten” religious institutions and sadly, the family unit.

And then, we are faced with too many contradictions. It is at this point that those, who feel threatened begin to speculate some unforeseen foul-play and unholy acts. Why should someone have so much wealth? Where did they get that much from? What do they do? Why spend so much, if he really works for it? He should be a bad person! And the rivalry ignites into a rat race that is compared to none.

Hence, we either try to attain wealth like the acclaimed rich ones in order to compete or lean back to the totality of our learnings with a closed mind that throws criticism at every move of the rich ones.

Mompha

Ismaila Mustapha who is fondly known as Mompha is a Nigerian social media big boy who is known for his extravagant spending and lifestyle. Ismaila Mustapha shuttles between Nigeria and the UAE. He is often seen in the Emirates whenever he is not in Nigeria. He owns Mompha Bureau De Change, Located at Bankole Street, Balogun in Lagos Island, he is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Mompha Bureau De Change, Lagos Island.

Born on the 16th of June, 1979 in Lagos. Ismailia Mustapha had his secondary school education in Government College, Ikorodu, He is happily married and the union is blessed with two kids. Mompha relents not in showing his family to whoever cares to see via his social media platforms (Instagram).

Just like the rule, as charges attract, his wealth has drawn him rich friends from different life circles like the Entertainment world amidst others. Just to mention a few; Tiwa Savage, Davido, and Patoranking. He was once pictured with Mallam Nasiru El Rufai, Kaduna State Governor who was the former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, and also the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on an aircraft.

Mompha has always been seen riding exotic vehicles and flaunting cash on his Instagram feed and stories. With over 1million followers on the website, he really has a large audience who are ready to flow along with him.

Mompha was a very good friend with Hushpuppi, another Dubai-based Nigerian ‘big boy’ with no traceable income source until the duo fell apart two years ago before the latter was arrested by the FBI, leading to a series of allegations.

Unlike his Friend Hushpuppi, Mompha doesn’t go around in clubs buying drinks for millions of Naira and showing off Receipts on Social media, He hardly Posts Receipts of his purchased items but we know they are worth Millions in Naira.

He owns so many expensive cars from the world’s top luxury brands like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mclaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and many more. He even recently bought one of the super-exclusive 2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII that is estimated to cost about ₦160 million, with just 50 units of the model ever produced.

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Obi Cubana

Obinna Iyiegbu, widely known as Obi Cubana is a Nigerian socialite and hotelier who became a viral sensation following the burial of his late mother. The extravagant burial for his late mum became the center of discussion on social media for days.

Shockingly, rumors started to spread on the internet that he and his friend made their money through rituals.

While having an interview with BBC Pidgin, Obi mentioned he got his breakthrough when he made his first million nairas after his National Youth Service Corps program in Abuja.

In his words, “That was the first N1.1 million I made before I joined contract work in Abuja. I signed a contract with PPMC, made a little money, then bought my Mercedes V-boot. I invested the money I made into a garden beer parlor before I established Cubana Group.

Miracle can’t give you money because the pastor needs the money more than you. Native doctors can’t give you money either. If you want money, you have to work hard.

If you are in your 20s, work now. I am 46 years (old), I have done my first half. I don’t know why someone who is just 20 years (old) will say he has not made it when he still has 50 years 60 years ahead. There is no soap to cut for anybody, there is no soap anywhere, work, pray, be good, make your own soap.”

On his Facebook page, the business mogul recalled how he helped establish some people from Oba, starting from 2013.

“In 2013, I pushed 53 uneducated Oba boys into the market to learn to trade. In 2017, I withdrew all of them from their Ogas and settled all of them with 3million Naira each, and paid for their shops. I linked 40 of them into importation and made them use my name and platform to import goods into the country. After two years, I checked on them how they were doing and find out some had issues and I supported them again to stand.

I am happy today that out of the 53 men, 38 are billionaires while the rest are in the level of a millionaire. In 2018, I took 100 educated men out of the streets and introduced them to the white men for business, and today there are billionaires in dollars. They also help me in their capacity when I require their help. All their friends both Nigeria and outside patronize me.

I am into the hotel and club business and I have so many businesses I am brand ambassadors too. I have alliances with spirit drinks and wines, I am brand to many businesses in the world. It gives me the joy to see my men do well, non of my hotel managers in Nigeria can small poverty, I encourage them to raise others from their local communities. I have never sacked a worker due to misconduct, I bring you in and speak to you the way you will understand.

I have this understanding that we should allow stubborn people to exist and cool-headed people to exist and we make use of them when their needs arise. I don’t believe in the supremacy of power rather I believe in the fair share of power and authority and allow everyone to feel belonged.

I have many uncountable people through my hotel business, I have encouraged many, I have made a lot of friends millionaires, and billionaires because it gives me joy.

Seeing them throw money around gives me happiness and they know, so anytime there are with me, they show such an attitude of throwing money to please me. Yes, I will gift 1 million to 300 Oba boys to start up a business and link them up too to make it.

I have a lot of friends and associates and we are like brothers to each other.  We love and encourage one another in good and bad as you have seen in my case that all of them came massively to support me. Critics are normal and there are there to say what they want to say but when you are doing the right thing, you don’t listen to what people say. If I have my way, I will also help those criticizing me.

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A lot of non Obas will still benefit from me because I am still in the business of making people great. Cubana chief priest is my man and he is a jolly fellow. People mistake him for me, I am Obi Kubana and he is my Chief priest I hope you understand now. I am not into politics and I don’t have an interest in it till tomorrow. I respect those in politics because dey carries power. Lol hahaha.

My advice is they should identify talents and make them great, don’t have any fear of who betrays you tomorrow, just make men and move if they remember good if not be happy that they made it through you. I didn’t ask my boys/men for donations or help, I didn’t also ask my friends for help or donations they did that on their own and I appreciate their efforts.”

Cubana Chief Priest:

Pascal Chibuike Okechukwu is Well known as Cubana Chief Priest. He was born on 2nd April 1981, in Umuhu Okabia, in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state, raised in Umuhu Okabia, in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state.  Pascal later joined his father in Aba, Abia state where he learned how to make shoes and never gave up on the Shoe business, mentioning that he made his first 1million naira from shoemaking during his school days in Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, growing up in the company of his siblings. The businessman is happily married with two children, who are Chukwuebuka and Obinna.

Cubana Chief Priest later became show promoter, businessman, he founded his own (club xhrine) after he resigned from Cubana groups where he was general manager, club xhrine was launched in December 2020, hosting the biggest show ever in Owerri, The Grand Opening was hosted by Davido AKA Omo baba olowo.

Cubana Chief Priest is said to be worth $17.08 million. He was able to achieve these figures as a result of his successful career as an entrepreneur and show promoting also bagging some notable endorsement with brands like bullet drink.

Cubana chief priest is known for his lavish lifestyle, spraying money in clubs, buying expensive and latest cars, shopping in all parts of the world with his family.

He has worked with numerous A-list artists and celebrities, which include 2019 winner Mercy Eke, who he sponsored at the recently concluded reality TV show. On August 19, 2018, he invited Davido to Owerri to perform for a massive crowd in the village. A massive crowd thronged into the Cubana Grand Hotel in Owerri to watch Davido’s performance, thus increasing the popularity of Cubana.

He recently bragged about his lavish lifestyle and money splash especially during Obi Cubana’s late mother’s burial which took in Oba, Anambra State, writing on his page that

No Follow Us Dey Drag Doings, Our Business Requires Noise N Doings, If Una Like Complain Till Tomorrow If Our Well Aged Loved One Dies Again We Go Still Use Excess Doings Bury Am.

“It’s Good For Our Entertainment N Hospitality Businesses. If We Don’t Make This Noise N Doings How Will All These Multinational Brands Bankrolling Us Get Visibility. How Do We Sell Out @casa_cubanahomes. Abeg Make Una Cry Una Cry @obi_cubana Has Proved To The World That He Owns The African Entertainment Market, We Lead Others Follow.

“To You, The Weak N Envious Minded Guys Is A Lavish Burial And You Want To Criticize But To Us, It’s A Heavy Investment. Since Then Deals Are Rolling In, Investors Are Calling, Brands Are Seriously Begging For Affiliation, Abi Na The Followers N So On, So Make Una Try Calm Down. Well E Reach To Worry Una Shaaa Because E Really Choke !!!!

“But Best Believe Before Anybody Go Fit Erase What Happened In Oba E Go Tehhhh, History Will Never Forget. Abeg Do Your Own N Leave Our Own For Us. #DrEzeMuo #CelebrityBarMan.”

Hushpuppi

Ray Hushpuppi is a mystery when it comes to the Nigerian celebrity world, as no one really knows how he makes his money, but he continues living a rich and luxurious lifestyle which he displays on his social media.

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However, Ray Hushpuppi’s real name is Ramon Olorunwa Abbas. His nicknames are Aja Puppi and Aja 4. Born on the 14th of June, he is Nigerian by origin. He became wealthy and successful after he moved to Malaysia. It could be said that this man has gained the title of “The Nigerian dark horse” as no one knows exactly how he really made his money. The only thing everyone knows is that a new page in his life opened when he decided to relocate to Malaysia. Today, he is one of the most popular people in the Nigerian diaspora.

Well, Hushpuppi’s Instagram is filled with fancy photos where he shows off his not-so-ordinary way of life, private jets, his expensive cars, pictures of himself in different 5-star hotels and elite clubs, and clothes by the most fashionable brands like Gucci.

In Keen Interest to know what Hushpuppi does:
It is no big secret that Ray Hushpuppi spends a lot of his fortune to keep up with his comfortable life. In 2017, he was reported to have spent 11 million Naira on drinks at Quilox, a nightclub.

He once joked about his source of income, stating that he is a professional beggar. On his Instagram bio, he states that he is a real estate developer. Ray Hushpuppi never opens up about his fortune, only he knows how he went from rags to riches. Although People have a lot of speculations; however, no one is really aware of how he made his money. Some say that he has influential friends or sponsors, and some are convinced that he invested his money into a profitable business that is now booming.

One of the other theories is that the man is a Yahoo boy, an individual who makes money by duping people online. For all we know, Ray Hushpuppi is extremely rich, and he does not hesitate to show off his wealth on his social media. From the way he flaunts his money, it’s safe to say that Hushpuppi does not really care if people judge him. Just recently, Hushpuppie was in the news as Dubai police made a comprehensive investigation and arrested the lavish spender for Fraudulent Practices.

His Worth:
Hushpuppi net worth is around 20 million USD, which is quite impressive. He spends his wealth on jets, fashionable clothes, and accessories, and cars (Hushpuppi cars include a Rolls Royce Wraith, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Vogue, and a Ferrari).

Meanwhile, Hushpuppi’s quick and sudden success did not go unnoticed. Some people have criticized Ray openly, saying that posting so many photos of his luxuries is unacceptable and that he has to prove that he deserves his money.  Some have reported that Hushpuppi Yahoo boy is, in fact, a professional scammer who gets rich by defrauding random people on the internet. This speculation started when Ray forgot to hide his e-mail address on a screenshot he shared.

Conclusion

A clear manifestation of corruption in the country is the preponderance of unexplained wealth in Nigerian society. Many Nigerians display wealth that cannot be legitimately traceable to their means of livelihood. This is pervasive and sickening.

People acquire assets that are way beyond what their legitimate incomes can justify. A great number of civil servants who ordinarily should live modestly, given their income levels, are known to own expensive real estate locally and abroad. Many of the houses in estates in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are owned by civil servants and questions are being raised.

But we must bear in mind that there are quite also a number of Nigerians that earn massive wealth legitimately and it is no crime neither is it out of the norm to work hard and enjoy hard.

So, in our journey of getting it right morally and transparently, we must avoid the cancel culture, generalization technique toward all but only blow the alarm based on concrete, verified facts when necessary.

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