I'd just like to know if Nigerian celebrities make as much money as they spend on clothes (and professional makeup) for the various events?
It's been a boring weekend on social media, the only thing offering some sort of entertainment being the "The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai" premiere photos splashed all over the Internet.
The premiere had a theme; Arabian Nights, and you can trust our Nigerian celebrities and Nigerians in general to go over board. The outfits mostly looked hideous, like a cacophony of shapes and colours, if i was the one in charge of planning that event and I'd chosen that theme, I'd be filled with so much regret right now. Ok, so this is really not about how most of the celebs got a memo for Arabian Nights but read Indian Nights or how majority of them forgot to take a long look at the mirror before leaving home.
No, it's actually a post on sympathy, if you will.
Last weekend we had The Future Awards #TFAA2017, and the weekend before that there must have been another. Oh let's not forget #Baad2017. It seems our celebrities spend more time on red carpets than they do on any real work, and I often wonder if their appearance at these events raise their profiles and somehow translates to more cash in the bank for them.
I certainly hope it does. Every week, a different outfit, never to be repeated, by some overpriced Nigerian designer (why are our indigenous designers so pricey though? Why should I buy an Ankara top for N80,000?... Story for another day I guess)
I know the Nigerian movie industry pays peanuts, certainly not enough to cover those red carpet outfits and professional makeup costs. I mean, even the Hollywood whose culture we try to imitate does not have as many red carpet events as we do, and even if they did they surely get paid enough to afford that lifestyle.
Before you ask me is it your money, it isn't. I only worry for them. I imagine them having sleepless nights thinking of what to wear for the next event, something to make them stand out, outdo the next person, make them trend! Then the issue of cost implication comes up and I imagine a feverish film of sweat cover their foreheads. I imagine them avoiding phone calls from their creditors, that MUA they didn't pay last time, the designer whose outfit they'd hired yet still cannot afford to pay, and I imagine some of them, spreading legs wide because the bills need to be paid, some with tears in their eyes, some, without; it's just another day, another way to pay the bills.
Long story short, I really wish our Nigerians celebs spend more time working, and perfecting their work than they do for the 'gram.