Priv­i­leged sis­ters want to do it for them­selves

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The duo jet-sets be­tween New York, Lon­don, Paris and Dubai as if th­ese cities are close to each other. They throw par­ties to the value of “a few Lam­borgh­i­nis”. Their clos­ets are over­flow­ing with de­signer clothes and they are waited on by 10 staff mem­bers. But the most in­trigu­ing as­pect is that they stand to in­herit at least R14 bil­lion.

De­spite this lav­ish lifestyle, Cuppy and Temi Otedola are not con­tent with their lives. The two sis­ters feel they are liv­ing in their fa­ther’s shadow.

Who can blame them? Their names are known be­cause of their bil­lion­aire dad, Femi Otedola, a Nige­rian oil mag­nate listed in 2015 as the 16th-rich­est man in Africa by Forbes. He owns pala­tial prop­er­ties in New York, Dubai, Lon­don, Abuja and La­gos.

Cuppy and Temi, po­ten­tial heiresses to his multibil­lion-rand for­tune, in­sist they want to be re­spected in their own right, rather than live off their fa­ther’s hard-earned wealth.

This week, the sis­ters re­vealed in a new doc­u­men­tary – ti­tled La­gos to Lon­don: Bri­tain’s New Su­per-Rich – on United King­dom’s Chan­nel 4 that they want to make a name for them­selves.

In a pre­view of the doc­u­men­tary pub­lished by the Daily Mail, the sis­ters talked about their ca­reers, why they pre­fer liv­ing in Lon­don to Nige­ria, and how their priv­i­leged up­bring­ing does not make their lives easy, but puts them un­der pres­sure to match up to their fa­ther’s suc­cess.

Cuppy (23), who is try­ing to carve out a ca­reer as a dee­jay, re­vealed that she was scared of al­ways liv­ing in her fa­ther’s shadow and not be­ing ac­knowl­edged for her achieve­ments.

“I am still masked by my dad’s suc­cess. If I did not try and make it out­side Nige­ria, I would be un­happy,” she said.

Temi (19) agreed: “I think that is why my sis­ter and I go out and try to do our own thing, be­cause we want to be re­spected in our own right.”

Cuppy, who re­cently grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Lon­don with a de­gree in busi­ness and French – and dreams of be­ing on the Forbes 30 Un­der 30 rich list – has man­aged to se­cure gigs around the world at top venues.

Temi is a fash­ion blog­ger who is fast mak­ing a name for her­self. She shares news on the lat­est style must-haves with her fans, many of whom are Nige­rian, as she flits be­tween the fash­ion cap­i­tals of Europe, and shops in Dubai and Lon­don. Her work is bear­ing some fruit – she now counts key fash­ion houses, in­clud­ing Valentino, as con­tacts.

re­porter – Staff

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