In recent times, some celebrities have been called out and accused of living a fake life especially when they are caught with something they showed off as theirs but turned out to be lies.
This is not only peculiar to celebrities, for many young women, with social media came the pressure to look better and richer than they actually are, just to keep up appearances.
Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, in an interview with GoldMyneTv said she does not believe that celebrities are under any pressure to live above their means.
According to her, the reason why some celebrities live pretentious lives is that they have a wrong orientation of glamor and wants to live it up.
Moreover, she mentioned that it may be a cultural thing that needs to be addressed.
I don’t think so. I think it depends on what your orientation is and what you want to achieve. It’s a glamorous career, so naturally, you’re expected to live it up but it also depends on who you are. There are ways around it. You don’t have to live above your means. You can choose to show up sparingly so that anytime you are showing up, you’re showing up well.
But when you spread yourself too thin sometimes, you have to live up way too much because you have to show up every time.
Having said that, I think it’s a Nigerian thing, it’s a cultural thing that we might need to address. It’s almost as if in Nigeria if you’re not doing well like it’s your fault. So I think we need to get away from that mindset and understand that we all have the same struggles and that when you’re not rich, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have substance.
We need to get back to respecting substance instead of respecting money. We need to start respecting people who are intelligent, who have things to offer, who have good careers and work ethics. We need to get back to the basics and start to respect those values instead of respecting money.
The reason why that is happening is that we respect money instead of substance. When we address it, acting and entertainment is just a reflection of the society.