"Keeping up with the Joneses" is an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one's neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to "keep up with the Joneses" is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.(www.wikipedia.com)
There are moments I hate being a Nigerian; moments when something new is trending and every tom, dick and harry in a bid to be seen as "trendy" starts the copy cat syndrome.
Once upon a time, it was the bikini pose. I don't know who started the trend but before we could say Jack Robinson, everybody started to outdo themselves to post bikini pictures albeit not flattering on social media channels. Even those whose tommy and boobs were already obeying the gravitational pull were happily flaunting bikini pictures.
Next was the make up free pictures. Damn! the types of not so flattering faces I saw eh! goddam!!!!I started to ask myself what the whole stupid make up free caption was about because in most cases, these babes still wore foundation and lip gloss so one could only wonder what was make up free about their bleached and burnt faces.
This next one left my jaw dropping because some crop of entertainment people I never expected to do such were infact at the fore front; uploading of passports with hashtags like enroute dubai...like really????????????? Yeah yeah we know some of us can afford to globe trot now but abeg them dey lock gate to America? I think it is broke people that do such. Yeah, some of them may be wealthy now but remember, being wealthy is just a status that can change. The only thing that can never change is change itself.
The recent one is musicians giving out cash to promote their new singles or dance step. I think it started with one of my dimpled celebrity crush that gave $1000 or so and now it is like that is the in thing.
If that money is given to some less privileged kids out there is it not better than doling out such money to promote some songs that most times is meaningless and does not add value to the listener? but hey is it my money????
Uh, by now am sure we all know this is our blog and not my blog which means I take all of us to be family so here is it. One of my fave blogger, sister, friend, companion Ernie is under the weather and tell you what am scared stiff. I've been getting updates from her hubby and I was able to speak with her some hours ago too and boy I don't like the way she was sounding. Now, I want everyone of us to remember her in our prayers (not keyboard prayers oh) because nothing must happen to my sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!! Get well soon honey.........
P.S. Am returning to Sokoto on the 19th, it has been one helluva stay in Lagos but hey, am a survivor. I don't want to whine but I promise to try to update as often as I get access to an internet cafe.