At the beginning of the week Snap chatter Joan Kubai decided to give ‘fans’ a grand tour of her parent’s lavish home in Runda, five living rooms and all. It was all fun and games and she was trending for a while there before netizens, as they always do, began questioning the source of the wealth. Convinced that the Kenyan economy can’t birth multimillionaires, they dug into her family past and of course Joan came back online asking people to delete the video and claiming that her privacy had been invaded.
It was all quite entertaining to watch. It was like old times coming alive again. We are a generation that grew up seeing those from the lower income brackets regard the wealthy with either mistrust, dislike or a mixture of both. If you were a little boy or girl two or three decades ago, you probably heard whispered stories about how this wealthy person in your neighborhood or that had acquired their wealth. The story usually was that they were a big shot in the government, who was wise enough to embezzle money or, they were devil worshippers.
There is clean money
Not much has changed. There are still whispers of corruption or involvement in cults where wealth is involved. A rise in cross generational sex this side of the world has only made the situation worse. If the said person is a woman, then it is assumed that there must be a person, usually a dirty, rich old rich man, supporting her lifestyle.
As a result of these attitudes, we now have a love- hate relationship with money. It’s something we all want to have but which because we imagine we are not supposed to want. So even as the flaunting your wealth culture thrives online, we are careful to not flaunt too much lest the source of it, even if it is all sweat, blood and tears, is questioned.
I think there is nothing wrong with openly pursuing wealth or flaunting it. I think that money, just like wealth is a topic that women especially should begin freely talking about without squirming. We can’t tackle work place biases and salary negotiations like we should until we begin openly having these conversations.
Stop listening to the world and acknowledge what money means to you. Start seeing money for what it truly is. Money is simply a means to an end. Money is the path that leads you to a better quality of life. It is what leads you to a better education and quality health care for your loved ones and there is nothing wrong with aggressively pursuing financial freedom.
Also, corruption isn’t the only way to acquire wealth. You must start seeing money for what it is, not what it’s made to be.
If you desire to pursue it, wealth is a valid goal. If you get it and you want to flaunt it on social media, if you can back it up, go for it. Do not forget however, that there are still others who haven’t changed their mindsets about wealth and its sources.
Flaunt it if you want to but they will come for you. Be prepared.