Privileged sisters want to do it for themselves
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