American-Ghanaian writer and movie producer, Leila Djansi, has called out the youth to learn from exemplary role models instead of following people with questionable wealth on social media.
According to her, the money and material things most so-called celebrities flaunt around may not be genuinely acquired. She made this assertion after reports on Nigerian Hush Pappi’s arrest over alleged fraud and scam over about 1.9 million people.
Here’s a post she made on the issue and her advise for young people who get excited over material things without wanting to put in the work:
“I understand this guy is a Nigerian fraudster who was apprehended today in Dubai. He scammed over 2000 people of over 400million dollars. He’s got 2.5million followers mostly African youth!! My people! What is your problem?
Why do you guys chase after material things and showy people with material wealth with so much vigor??
My friend @mightyafrican-who graduated from Stanford University-moved to Ghana and started #Barcamp for Ghanaian youth. He travels the country hosting career fairs and connecting youth to mentors. How many people follow him? Or follow barcamp? No. You follow Hushpuppi and other folks who flaunt wealth.
Come on guys! Follow people who inspire you to become a better version of yourself! Cars and mansions and designer clothes and shoes are not going anywhere! Easy does it. It is this same ground you will walk on whether you wear a designer shoe or a $10 dollar shoe. you’re not taking the wealth with you to your grave. No one is. Private jet? Many have crashed while those who fly coach have lived to see their grandchildren. The same rain that beats the rich, beats the poor.
You flew business class so what? First so we should cry? Did you arrive before those in coach?
The most expensive shoe in my closet is $100. Have I died? I wore a $45 dollar shoe to the Oscars. The $2000 shoe in your closet in Accra, where have you gone with it? Wedding; where you ate jollof, drank wine and you went home. Finish. By grace, a $45 shoe could secure your tomorrow. By all means buy a $2000 shoe if you worked hard honestly and can afford it. But please, don’t let buying cars and shoes and clothes to show off be the driving factor. Don’t salivate at anyones show of wealth.
As I always say. This is how slavery was initiated. Capitalizing on the greed and hunger for wealth of the African.
You’re crying about #GeorgeFloyd? How did his ancestors get to America to be trampled upon? History COULD repeat itself if you don’t change!
Remember, people who work hard and honestly for their wealth never flaunt it. Anyone who flaunts an expensive lifestyle on social media has a secret life. Frown, don’t follow.
I wonder whether any of his followers know Elon Musk and that he’s African too.
Don’t allow anyone oppress you on social media with wealth.”
Some of her movies include, Sinking Sands, I Sing of a Well, Like Cotton Twines, Ties that Bind, A Northern Affair, Babina, among others.