We have all seen it. Young Kenyans talking about their expensive lifestyles. People posting on Instagram photos of themselves living the good life, drinking expensive drinks, and rubbing shoulders with celebrities and other famous people.
Before you turn green with envy, Forreal real here to inform you that a good number of those people are faking it. These “fake rich” folks are all around us, and they have some common traits that could help you spot them.
1 These Millennial Kenyans like buying cheap imitations of popular brands
The Kenyan fake rich will have a few legitimate designer items, but will also sneak in a few imitations and hope that no one will notice.
In their mind, brand perception is more important than quality. A poor quality item but with a big Nike logo on the front is good enough for them.
Unlike the fake rich, really wealthy people prefer more subtle because they don’t feel pressured to prove themselves.
2 They are masters at name-dropping
Kenya rich people try to use others’ clout to make themselves look more important and connected than they really are.
Fake billionaires in Kenya are usually aware of the general belief that one’s net worth is closely related to their network, so they try to create the same illusion through public perception.
3 They have an insatiable need for validation
Rich Gang people are perpetually cultivating approval from others.
Every action they take is calculated to impress anyone they consider to be beneath them. They spend more time and energy trying to appear successful, instead of concentrating on concrete personal success.
4 Rich Gang often have Short-term thinking
They buy “cool” stuff that has a short value span.
Kanye releases a range of hole-filled trousers that will be forgotten in a few months? You can bet that a fake cool dude will purchase a pair or two.
5 Petty jealousy
One of the easiest ways to spot a fake rich gang in Kenya is to observe their reaction to someone who is more successful or wealthier that they are.
The fake ones will jump into conversations and generally make a nuisance of themselves, in an effort to take the limelight from the other person to themselves.