In this day and age of social media, it is seemingly difficult for public figures to keep their lives extremely private.
The unquenching thirst for content has increased the publicity of information that was hitherto classified, and in the quest to demystify them, some of those perceived to be reclusive have bowed to the pressure of sharing on social media. For example, in the past, the members of the British royal family were notoriously private, yet today, they share some parts of their lives on social media and even for the first time, televised their accession ceremony.
Whilst one could put that to changing times, where would you put the seeming desperation of a number of multi-millionaires and even some billionaires to be validated and have their egos and dopamines boosted by a few retweets and likes? Some could even pass for bloggers these days.
One billionaire has tellingly defied this pressure – Otunba Dr. Micheal Adenuga Jnr., one of the world’s richest men. Although much may be written about Dr. Adenuga, relatively little is known about him. His success in building a public persona defined by invisibility has earned him the sobriquet ‘Spirit’, which further metamorphosed into ‘the Spirit of Africa’. It has come to be known that, true to his spirit-like personality, he has no social media accounts, is rarely in the public eyes, and only sees those he wants to see when he wants to see them and for as long as he intends to see them. He has also been…