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Shade Ladipo

Days after Paddy Adenuga published his story on how he almost acquired Chevron Netherlands, the internet is still abuzz with it.

TV personality Shade Ladipo is one of those people, and to her, the story reeks of entitlement and privilege.

In a thread on her Twitter page, Ladipo said Adenuga’s father’s name got him where he is, and she asked that he accept it.

See the thread below:

73 Comments

  1. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    February 1, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    ??Thank you very much! ??

    • Fleur

      February 1, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      She is right. He also has a good story for a type of audience. His story is not intended to inspire you If Lavrov won’t recognize your name. if he can, say you are Temi Otedola, then this story for you. This young man clearly wants to break from dad’s mould. I know how many fantastic ideas I have but I can’t even reach Secretarys of the Lavrovs of this world.

  2. Allwell

    February 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for stating the very obvious.

  3. Flow

    February 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I actually had to school some people the other day on instablog about choice, so many Nigerians were licking his a– and applauding him for his “success” story about how he nearly bought a coy, lol. Some said it was inspiring, I said it wasn’t, they called me names like “broke a–, ghetto born, fish brain” all because I told them I know how to choose what inspires me and it’s okay if a daddy’s boy bragging is what inspires them.

    • Abi

      February 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      The same choice Paddy exercised by not being an Obaro Ibru for example.

  4. Realist

    February 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Who is this one? Anyways, everyone is entitled to their opinion, so I will give her a pass. But don’t forget we have a lot of silver spoon born kids in rehabs, or some with all the connections and resources, still can’t make anything out of their lives. How about you forget the messenger but take something out of the message. Done talking….

    • seriously

      February 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Who is this one? I hate how Nigerians make others feel so inferior. She stated her opinion why put her down. She wasn’t impressed and you are inspired. keep it moving.
      People get inspired by different stories and ones they can relate to.

    • Dia

      February 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Na people get their mouth sha. A great man can’t please everybody.. If he jhad been lavishly spending his money anyhow, u will talk .. He is using it diligently u’re still talking… He didn’t ask to be born i rich family and if he carves a niche for himself through his fada’name, So? Its not a big deal. . Are u not trying to hustle to give ur family d best in life? Lemme come and be going o . dis is just my opinion.. Sis shade I tire for u sha

  5. Smh

    February 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Just say you want to get his attention ehn Shade, I see your scope lmao!!

    • Fizzy

      February 1, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      You are not very smart are you? See where your little mind went. Shior.

    • Dede

      February 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      My thoughts exactly!!!! ?
      Too bad she doesn’t rock her natural hair and comes off as rude #nothisspeck

  6. Cozygal

    February 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I read that article. At no time did he downplay his influential background. No time. But, he was passing across a different experience. How he almost used all that he had been given on a platter of gold to achieve even more for himself. He didn’t even pretend to that he didn’t pull strings.
    So, I don’t know what we are angry about. He shouldn’t have been born rich and connected? Or he doesn’t have a right to tell his own story because he was born rich and connected?
    Human beings are something else o. May God help us and deliver us from people who cannot appreciate what they don’t have. May he also bless them so that they can give their own kids influential backgrounds like Paddy got.

    • IQ

      February 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      @Cozygal

      Standing up and clapping for your damn right comment!

    • omomo

      February 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      @cozygal..dont blame them…you forget that there are a lot of angry people in this country who have this “us against them” mentally and hence you can never win ..so if you show any type or hint of affluence or any you are labelled either runs girl,(chika ike ) ritualist,yahoo (hush puppy),self absorbed (davido) etc etc etc..Lol

    • xo

      February 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      God bless you!!!!!

      Paddy has seen you Shade!! we too have.. See BN has given you publicity but you wear lace frontals and wig..

      This me being petty but I am not sorry!

    • Coly

      February 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Too bad i cant click more than one “love this”….. She is obviously jealous she wasn’t born with a silver spoon … Presently doing my best to provide such a privilege for my unborn kids. God help me.

    • Packson

      February 1, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      God bless you for this point

    • Seriously

      February 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      The reality is, anyone from a wealthy background will always have access to more resources and connection than those who don’t have such background. Same applies to when one grows up in a highly educated home, you have access to a set of knowledge, resources that not everyone will have access to. 90% of the population like to hear stories from nothing to something because it gives hope that you can climb up the ladder to get where you want to without the added support/background.
      Some make use of it, build on it with their own intelligence, talent, and skills while others want to squander the money.
      This is not to downplay the hard work because one thing we also fail to understand is, wealthy, rich people work harder than anyone else because they need to keep that money flowing, and one mistake can destroy everything. It’s easy to just look at it from the enjoyment/privilege part but they have higher responsibilities than regular people.

      But this lady shouldn’t be deemed as a hater, and condemned for her opinion. What she said, is not far fetched.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      February 4, 2018 at 12:40 am

      Re your very last sentence – to be quite honest, that’s the one thing that I hope that I can give my children when they come of age to start forging career paths or pursuing whatever business vision they have.

      Yes, teach them to work hard. Of course, teach them humility, service and how to have a healthy respect for money.

      But my people? You see this thing called networks and the added advantage they bring? Biko, don’t deprive your children of that if you can. This life is flipping hard enough and each generation faces more competition than the last. Only the deluded think they can go the whole distance alone – nobody does it alone. There is NO self-made millionaire, go and check their stories and find out who and who helped them connect the dots to their eventual breakthrough.

      Influence is important, whether it’s just enough to get someone to answer that one crucial phone call. Give those children an edge they can use to carve out their own success stories.

      And p.s: it’s not always about money. There are so many people of influence who bring something else of value to the table, other than money. Just build those networks with your best tools. Oh

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      February 4, 2018 at 12:42 am

      Ignore the gratitous “oh” at the end. Bloody sensitive keyboard.?

  7. Omo Oba

    February 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    “I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.” ― John Quincy Adams OR I’m a Governor so my son may be an Oil Magnate, so his daughter can be a DJ …. Life goes on though, on track to get my own, Amen.

    • Ghanaba

      February 1, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Congratulations you have won the internet today!

  8. Toro akinseye

    February 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    On the contrary I found his piece very inspiring and it awoke something in me. I also think the young chap has the gift of writing. If you went in thinking negative of the chap then you may be biased. Again well done. I will buy your book ? if you author one

    • Lilo

      February 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      I don’t think being uninspired by Paddy’s term paper should automatically be construed as “negative feeling” . Reality is it’s just hard out there for an average Joe Schmo. Putting a positive spin to his nepotism-fueled opportunity is simply not enough grounds to pretend Those opportunities are genuinely out there for those willing to work hard for it. Nah

    • Aare farmland

      February 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      I too noticed a potentially unintended consequences of the ‘trumpian’ story is good narration, as an entrepreneurial story he could have arranged as a strength in the power of persuasion. The story is not strong on the business side where data is important, I never got a real value of leveraging the purchase to generate more revenue, I got the idea of branding though. If he wantec to use it in a real biz school, he may be surprised ppl may side with alex for some reasons.

  9. Lilo

    February 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you o. I was rather astounded to see all the shoutouts as though Paddy is the new messiah. Nigerians will celebrate anything sha. This guy gets anywhere and doors open for him AUTOMATICALLY! Like no key, no gate code, no fasting and praying for open doors. No axe to break down barriers…doors he doesn’t he want to enter open! Oschisco!

    • Abi

      February 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Trust and believe that you Lilo have doors that are open for you. Question is, do you have the foresight to even see the doors? Or the ambition to walk through?

    • Lilo

      February 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Awww. You must be my neighbor or the chic that I go to spin class with the know the doors in front of me. Lmao…look at your trying to sound like Paddy! Looks like it takes just minutiae stunts to impress una in that naija sha!

  10. bruno

    February 1, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    its only in nigeria where an essay written by a rich privileged kid about using his wealth and privilege to aquire more wealth will be hailed as inspirational. if it was america they will blast him thoroughly for writing such an essay.
    nigerians dont sense no be today I don they talk am.

    • Abi

      February 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Bullocks!!!!! Donald Trump has written many books which have been well received and lauded as credible especially by the business world. Was he not privileged by birth?
      And in fact the average American is privileged by birth when compared to the average joe globally. So you’re really saying that the average American should not be writing about their achievements because the average Nigerian who by comparison is less than average does not have the same advantages?

    • Dede

      February 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      You use what you have to get what you want. Nothing spoil

    • xo

      February 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      pls what is wrong with being privileged ? HOW MANY OF HIS PRIVILEDGED AND LESS PRIVILEDGED MATES ARE INTO DRUGS, WASTING AWAY?? pls!

    • Lilo

      February 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      I’m beyond impressed to see how impressed they are. Hahah

  11. Californiabawlar

    February 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Lol. Nigerians. Am not understanding. He IS privileged and entitled… and rightfully so. His father is not a politician. He might benefit from it but what businessman isn’t. The only businessman that irks me is Otedola for the whole diesel thing.
    Smh. Only people with self esteem issues would have felt oppressed by that article. Nobody can buga me as I dey so. I’m a firm believer in social class, fact is this, Paddy is in a very different social class than the RICH Nigerian. How do you know that mentioning those places is as a big a deal to him as it is to you? I remember we had this conversation about marrying someone like Paddy back in college, and I said I couldn’t marry that far up, that we don’t share the same life experiences. This was like 10/12 years ago o… but I was old enough to know it was just that simple. Power pass power.
    Sister, ejo e ye she bi talakania. Read and aspire to experience life that way… or maybe not, you might be satisfied with being a ‘celebrity’, just leave rich people alone biko.

    • Engoz

      February 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      I’m surprised myself this is giving people sleepless nights. I read it and did not even remember ‘townhouses’ but due to low self esteem Shade latched onto it like a mosquito sucking blood and brought it to our attention. What exactly is irritating you about someone saying he went to a “Swiss village”? So Paddy is now entitled because he went to a village in Switzerland? And of course he would have a wider range of networks and contacts. Even the small job I do, I got it through my contacts. It is not rocket science for his contacts to be huge figures in their fields and not your Iya Moyo.

      The essay is just your typical having an idea and tenaciously working towards it. Every other thing Shade cites is irrelevant. She also needs to cite statements where he denied privilege, because nowhere did he deny ‘privilege’. Also, her freaking rants on entrepreneurship was ridiculous. This was a narrative essay, not a ‘sermon’ nor argumentative/persuasive piece on how to be a ‘entrepreneur’. Just a narration of events in his life. Se fini. Nowhere did he preach or give the audience an advice on entrepreneurship. A narrative essay is a story with a plot, characters, setting, climax, and conclusion. Shade and her detractors are the only ones that saw this as a dig to their self esteem.

      It is glaring. Shade and her fellow detractors are very intimidated by wealth. Paddy is not the problem, it is you people. As much as Paddy has gained many overbearing sycophants, there are your educated illiterates with malicious intents to wealthy people. The latter is the category Shade belongs to.

    • Bola

      February 2, 2018 at 1:03 am

      Californiabawlar,
      You’re my girl, for real! This Shade. Smh. Nigerians act like it’s a curse to be affluential. He didn’t ask to be from the family he comes from. All he mentioned might be a big deal to you but it simply isn’t to him. You just sound unnecessarily hurt and angry, as always. Jeez. A lot of people are pained. No one for forced to read the article. Oma se o.

    • bbb

      February 2, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Just like you I believe in social class and just like you I don’t want to marry someone who is far ahead of me on the stratum.

  12. Mrs chidukane

    February 1, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Shade Ladipo, this is one time you should have kept your opinion to yourself. He didn’t ask to be born into privilege. He just was. Instead of being mad at him, be mad at your father who was missing in action when his mates were making money. He also pushed himself out of his comfort zone and took a big risk. Whether rich or poor, taking a risk is something huge. Everyone who goes after a dream the honest way is worth celebrating, no matter their social status. Yes I must admit I could do without the descriptions of the countryside and all, but if your heart is pure,it will not hurt you like it obviously has. You are a very bitter person and I pray it doesn’t get in the way of your “billionaire” ambition. Everyone has something they can use to get what they want. He used his own. Madam two left legs, stay in your lane and use yours.
    BN, this my comment had better not disappear.

    • Dia

      February 1, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Firstly, @Mrs Chidukane, I love your comment…. Firstly, what most of us are fighting for in life is to make it and to give our kids the best.. If they have such platform, they can carve out their own niche through it.. “Person no go de inside river , soap enter im eye… The dude isnt bragging but just stating his experience… Das wat social media is all about. To interract and post experience. Take it or leave it but our Mentality and reactions to situations is what determines our level in life.. Bia, sis Shade U tire me…. Lemm just come and be going…#

    • Lailatu

      February 1, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      @ Mrs chidukane, One thing Shade doesn’t know how to do is keeping her opinion to herself. Each time I hear her speak I am put off by how she tries to force her opinions on others as if she has all the answers, as if to say my way or the high way. Shade, Paddy was born into a rich home and he’s making the best of it,it may not be in a way you like but guess what? Your opinion doesn’t matter. Hate all you want, he’s still the billionaire’s son who lives in a London townhouse, travels to Swiss villages for meetings, makes million dollar deals and still gets to write about them.

  13. Bey

    February 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t understand, why the anger thou………….should he change who he is bcos he is Adenuga’s son ( can that ever change). Shade if given the opportunity and Adenuga is your father will you not take the wealth and run with it.
    L Not everyone is smart enough to use the opportunity being given to them by ”daddy” and make something of it. Many don’t even want to work, and iv met many like that.
    If one decides to ride on daddy’s wealth and name and make something out of it, who am I to judge. Atleast he’s not sitting down waiting for his fathers will. So many Nigerian companies pack up when the owner is dead, the children don’t know a damn thing about the business, I can see their dad’s businesses still standing the test of time because of him, Bella and some of the other kids. There will be continuity I believe.
    Your father’s wealth can give you a platform, but it is how you choose to use that platform that really matters.
    Shade can you categorically tell me your parents havnt told you to send your CV to one aunty or uncle, or you haven’t gotten any job in naija because of the people you ”know”. Its all same thing.
    Thou I felt yes he was bragging abit in his write-up, but I don’t really see your need in slaughtering the guy on SM. It can be kitchen table talk btw you and your peeps. Na so your anger reach ???????

  14. Mondela

    February 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    She’s very correct…tho I don’t like her use of some words, and she kinda over flogged the issue. TBH I didn’t see anything special in that article. He gave the impression that he left the family business to start afresh in the UK,but where did he get the money to hire a world class team of professionals, travel around with ease, etc. It all boils down to his fathers wealth and influence.

    • xo

      February 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      LOL..TRY BIDDING FOR THE SMALL SHOP ACROSS YOUR STREET THAT MAY BE WORTH N2K, IF YOU FAIL PLS COME BACK AND EDIT YOUR COMMENT!

  15. Abi

    February 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    @ Bruno, Trump with his privileged by birth pen has written many books about his business achievements, and has been well received as a credible author especially by the business world.

    The average American is comparably privileged by birth. The average Nigerian should then ‘blast’ an American who writes about their achievements?

  16. LemmeRant

    February 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    @Cozygal
    “he was passing across a different experience. How he almost used all that he had been given on a platter of gold to achieve even more for himself”

    But you see, he didn’t succeed in acquiring the coy. He almost succeeded. Truthfully who cares about almost?
    Almost is still a failure. Do you remember the hundreds of scientists who almost invented the plane or the thousands who almost found the cure for tuberculosis.
    I really wish he had succeeded, at least he’ll have a full story to tell coz I really couldn’t get what I was supposed to learn from that story of his.

    His reality is far different from that of many Nigerians. Simply put he is someone who has a lot of money to burn, not to mention connections, family name and experience all going for him.
    Anybody not in the same shoes forming motivated… Well lemme not talk too much.

    He tried to buy a coy and failed. But he’s still the son of a billionaire.

    You to go an try the same and fail and let’s see where you’ll see yourself.

    • saide

      February 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      His experience is’nt far more different than the average Nigerian.except u’re that average Nigerian that has never ventured into any business! If you have ,then you can resonate with the”high” when it feels like you’re about to achieve something,the lows when u feel things slipping up and the almost ultimate despair when you feel like you’ve lost! I wish people in this country will just direct this anger to the right things.Like how none of my colleagues have been able to register for voting maybe because the “informed” are deliberately been frustrated.Most of the registration centres are’nt open.Nobody cares about that! But a Paddy writes an article that has zero influence on their lives,everyone begins to talk like he is buhari. Absolute useless anger!

    • Mrs chidukane

      February 1, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      People are motivated because he dared to go after a big.dream. Its the audacity of it all. Even though he failed, he dared to. There’s a saying you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. At least he took a shot. It inspired many to take a shot at that big dream and see what happens.

    • Abi

      February 1, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Dude you are knee deep in bad belle.

    • LemmeRant

      February 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      This is why I hardly argue here… Sigh
      Too many noise makers. Always taking everything personal. I tire for ya matter.

      Let’s imagine all that he did was not as a result of his affluent background (which really isn’t a bad thing). My point is he failed. That is a big deal.

      An average Joe as you said that attempted the same would not be writing a thread online. He’d be licking his wounds and be low key planning his next move probably on a smaller scale cos he knows he’s got nothing to fall back on. How is that difficult to understand. My point is simple and clear. His reality is diff from most ppls. But if you want to compare yourself, be my guest.

      Just stop with the personal attacks. Its really silly. I only replied cos at least one of you attempted to use his/her sense and actually typed something asides the usual mumbo jumbo cliche replies.

    • saide

      February 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Most Nigerian “average joes” cannot write the way he did.But Nigerians write everyday on social media(some write-up downright silly),there is no hype because their last name isnt Adenuga. Every human being FEELS.(Paddy Adenuga is a human being)

  17. Jide

    February 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    This is so poor and unfortunate from Shade, Paddy was just telling his story, his dream. Sure, he cannot escape that he is from a wealthy background, but he so wanted to write his own story and I wish you would not batter him for doing that. Shade see, the fact that you are also alive, can write, have access to the internet is also a BIG PRIVILEGE that majority of Nigerians do not have. Should they also blast you for trying to write your own story.
    For me, prior to reading his essay, I saw him as a very useless human being..like seriously, as someone with no future ambition who just rests on his fathers money. After reading the essay, i have a totally different view about him. Yes, he is way more privileged than the average entrepreneur but you cant take it from him, he has ambition and that alchemist epistle that he wrote proves it.
    Please dont batter him for sharing his dream. That adventure is laced with lessons. Take them or leave them
    Jide

  18. xo

    February 1, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I disagree with her. LOL. Do we realize it is normal for these wealthy guys to enjoy these luxuries and not think it’s anything ? Not his fault he has a privileged background. Most rich kids don know what to do with the opportunity they have been handed.I read that same article, no letter reads anything as entitlement.

    Anyway, people will read interpret based on their state of mind.

    Me, I have found new respect for Paddy and I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed reading. Felt like I was watching SCANDAL, the SUSPENSE!!!

    PLS ASK GOD TO BLESS YOU TOO AND GRANT YOU WISDOM TO MANAGE YOUR BLESSINGS!

  19. teki

    February 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Shade Ladipo, shame on you. This hatred entered 2018 with you? Hian!

  20. Abi

    February 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Bragging ke? Talking about ones reality is not bragging biko. This reminds me of a gisting session where everyone reminisced about their uni days. Problem was my uni was located in the English countryside and my gist partners went to unilag. And I was accused of bragging.

  21. Jummy

    February 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Every point she intended to make has been overwhelmed by how rude and vulgar she is! Gosh! Who are your friends shade?

  22. Intheoverseas

    February 1, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    My opinion…? parable of the talents Matthew 25: 14-30. 16

    “He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money….And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master…..4 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance”

    Who are you? The 1 talent guy who bemoans his position in life because he isn’t DAgote’s son and so does not think that he can make as much money? Paddy was obviously dealt 10 talents and he is working hard to double it. Stop comparing yourself with him if you have been dealt less that 5. Instead focus on doubling what you have been dealt. Everyone has a lane…stay on yours and run your race.

  23. Ello Bae

    February 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I just can’t wait to make so much money that will make people go crazy on social media.

  24. Weezy

    February 1, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I told you so. Meanwhile people were abusing the skeptics on the other thread. This whole business has shown me very clearly that the Nigerian education system (secondary school and university) has FAILED people. Critical reasoning is lacking, and people don’t read between the lines. The ones that do are branded haters. That is why this country will continue to struggle.

    • Susan

      February 2, 2018 at 1:35 am

      No, your bitterness has failed you. Shade has a problem and so do you. You’ve carried your rant from the other post to this post. Not everything is a brag, that you don’t like the story or don’t feel inspired doesn’t meant others shouldn’t. Some people aren’t even exactly inspired, they just like the write-up. If you love art, or scriptwriting, you’ll almost fall in love with it. Some people are just filled with bitterness and have a sad case of inferiority complex. I remember when I was in Vancouver, My Father came to see me from Lagos. It was a Friday, and by Sunday he left. When I got back to campus, my friend asked about My Dad and I told him he was back in Lagos. She then said, didn’t he come just two days ago? I was like yes but he’s back in Lagos. Only for her to tell me I was bragging that My Dad travelled all the way just for the weekend?! I was gobsmacked. The only reason anyone will be angry or threatened by that article is if they have an inferiority complex. People like hearing grass to grace stories (which is absolutely fine) so much that grace to grace stories annoys them. I wasn’t “tensioned” by the story. You might see it as a big deal but it just simply isn’t to him. The same way my then stupid “friend” thought I was “bragging” about My Dad coming to see me for the weekend, and I thought it was a normal thing. It honestly me amazes everyday the amount of bitterness and envy people have in their hearts.

  25. Papacy

    February 1, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I honestly think there is a conspiracy against the upper class in Nigeria. We love hearing grass to grace stories,it’s like we feed off ‘poverty porn’ or something. Whose life is more messed up but has made it today? Who failed and was ridiculed and didn’t eat for 40 days before he made his first million?
    It’s not the young man’s fault that he was born with a silver spoon.
    If you meet him one on one, this might be a typical conversation he would have…calling names of places i haven’t even heard of. It is his reality. Should i expect him to “tone down” his past or reality just because i feel intimidated by it?
    You’d be amazed how intriguing our “ordinary” lives are to ‘these people’ too if we can tell our stories honestly and not from a place… i don’t know…self pity?

  26. vicki

    February 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    At least using his fathers connections to accomplish something is a good thing.this lady would rather have have him on drugs in rehab.why hate on the rich. Celebrate his intelligence and accomplishments.Nigerians nor mind am o.if paddy invite am for date now. Na to run go meet am fast fast.

  27. Papacy

    February 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    *of

  28. Confuzzled

    February 1, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    He is auditioning for or advertising himself for something. What exactly is it? I’d like to know before anything else. Don’t for a second think he’s doing it to educate or inspire you.

    • Mymind

      February 2, 2018 at 6:45 am

      Ditto! Only thing I can think of is possible presidential aspirations given everything happening right now. This is pretty random and detailed – something might be in the works.

    • XO

      February 2, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      what if he just wants to live his best life

  29. Prosper

    February 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Paddy.
    My disappointment with you is in not landing that deal. I don’t believe you gave everything. So I cannot congratulate you or pat you on the back. This was once in a lifetime opportunity. You had the vision for the Africa takeover. But the execution for the chevron takeover plan was too shabbily implemented. Why would someone at your level be so miserly ? Your go-alone attitude and miserliness cost you this deal. And it makes a mockery of your expensive education and high level, decade-long executive business experience. The excuse of being 29 is not justifiable . Cos you have more executive level experience than most people in their 50s or 60s. Money is a tool, an ever willing messenger . And you of all people should’ve known that. I’m sorry but you deserve the criticism due to the manner in which you lost the deal. Nearly cannot kill a bird.
    However, after all said, life goes on . it’s uplifting to know that you learnt the lessons possible from this fiasco. Bide your time. Cos another chance will surely come. And when it does, strategize properly, stalk and pounce like the Lion you want to become.
    All the best.

  30. tunmi

    February 2, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Of all he wrote, why is it the travel and luxury that hurts you so?

    There is dignity in being poor. I am aware that inability to pay for malaria drugs can quickly remove that. But there is dignity in not living a life of leisure.

  31. ScanPix

    February 2, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I think we should at least appreciate Paddy for many reasons. 1.) He dared to pursue and conquer a big dream despite his background. 2.) He still told his story even though he failed – that’s something very rare. 3.) Yet, the truth is before 1 success story, there has been at least 10 failures! 4.) He really went out of his comfort zone to make this public considering his dad is extremely private! 5.) He was honest. 6.) He’s a great writer! 7.) Very importantly, what privileged kids like him want is respect and I submit that he has mine! Thank you:)

  32. aj

    February 3, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Shade girl instead of all that animosity and hostility imma need for you to use that energy to pray to God to grant you great blessings he swore by himself to you and your ancestors that he would. Its in Deuteronomy 8:18!!! At least that is what I am doing.

  33. EdenSouthofSahara

    February 4, 2018 at 1:42 am

    The power of an idea, following through an idea, identifying credible partners that would assist in ‘working’ and walking the idea, ‘execution’ the life of an idea, the use of teams in enhancing an idea, the dangers of failing to properly value ‘the idea’, walking in humility because of the idea, never ever underestimate a credible local source it could just be the necessary key in birthing an international venture, the wonderful lessons of ‘failure’.
    The above, are just one or two things I picked up from the article. It was a great read, it was well written, snippets of truth of the experience of an entrepreneur with an international slant.

  34. Really

    February 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    All this made me google the family & business. His dad’s business practices & source of wealth are questionable according to Wikipedia
    “In 2009, Adenuga was detained for money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He subsequently left the country and lived in London until the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua regime granted him a pardon.”
    “In June 2016, it was revealed that Adenuga was being pursued for a combined debt of US$140.5 million, after his company ConOil failed to pay debts owed to, among others, the French oil giant Total. Bellbop, another company owned by Adenuga, had an interim injunction placed on it by the High Court in Lagos, after it too failed to pay the $9.4 million owed to the US oil and gas firm Baker Hughes.”

    • Quisse

      February 5, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Most billionaires and entrepreneurs borrow from the banks, owe debts and pay later; even Dangote and billionaires across Africa and beyond. So that’s not news. By the way; what has his father’s wealth go to go with his article? Some of you are truly pathetic. I will never stop saying this; bitterness, envy and jealous will take on nowhere.

    • Quisse

      February 5, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Most billionaires and entrepreneurs borrow from the banks, owe debts and pay later; even Dangote and billionaires across Africa and beyond. So that’s not news. By the way; what has his father’s wealth got to do with his article? Some of you are truly pathetic. I will never stop saying this; bitterness, envy and jealous will take on nowhere.

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