Cuppy Otedola, 23, right, and her sister Temi, 19, will one day inherit their father’s fortune but first Cuppy wants to be a successful DJ while Temi is a fashion blogger
They’re heiresses to a billion dollar fortune and currently lead a jet-set lifestyle enjoying all the trappings of wealth.
But the daughters of one of Africa’s richest men say they are not content being rich and famous in his shadow, and instead want to work hard to make names for themselves in their own right.
Cuppy Otedola, 23, and her sister Temi, 19, are well-known in their home country of Nigeria because their father is energy tycoon Femi Otedola, worth an estimated £650million.
Cuppy, pictured on her graduation day with her energy tycoon Femi Otedola said she is scared of spending her whole life in his shadow
He was listed as the 16th richest man in Africa by Forbes in 2015 and has million pound properties in New York, Dubai, London, Abuja and Lagos.
His wealth has enabled his daughters to attend expensive private schools in England, have designer wardrobes and be waited on by ten members of staff.
As well as jet-setting between the opulent family properties around the world, they also enjoy spending time on their father’s £7million yacht, have designer wardrobes and throw birthday parties that cost more than a fleet of supercars.
But the sisters say their privileged upbringing does not make their lives easy and they feel under pressure to match up to their father’s success.
‘I am scared of always been his daughter and not getting past that, for me that means not being successful enough,’ Cuppy reveals on Channel 4 documentary Lagos To London, Britain’s New Super-Rich.
‘I am still masked by my dad’s success. If I didn’t try and make it outside Nigeria I would be unhappy.’
Nigerian sisters Temi, left, and Cuppy love London because they are shop at Harrods and spend time in private members clubs
Cuppy is trying to establish a career as a DJ and she takes to the decks wearing £1,000 headphones covered in Swarovski crystals (of which she owns 15 pairs)
Cuppy pictured in New York. Her parents have a property there worth millions as well as lavish homes in London, Lagos, Dubai and Abuja
Cuppy is keen to be famous in her own right as a DJ and has been securing gigs around the world at venues including Privé, Jalouse, District and Funky Buddha.
While Cuppy admits her father’s fortune has opened doors and helped her network, she then has to prove her talent behind the decks to secure more work.
She said: ‘I think I am a great DJ. Network comes into it but if I don’t do well I won’t get asked back no matter whose daughter I am.’
Cuppy, who recently graduated from King’s College, University of London, with a degree in business and French, said she wants to become renowned around the world as a DJ and make it into Forbes 30 under 30 Rich List.
She said she does have to deal with criticism from those who think she has only had the opportunities in her career she has had so far due to her father’s connections and purse strings, but she said this doesn’t concern her anymore.
‘People saying “this DJ is his so and so’s daughter” it doesn’t bother me anymore as I love what I do.
‘I only worry I am not going to make the impact I want to make,” she said as her gigs have included DJing at the inauguration of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Cuppy wants to become renowned around the world as a DJ and make it into Forbes 30 under 30 Rich List
Cuppy takes to the deck as a charity fundraiser at the Gladstone Gallery in New York. She said she doesn’t always want to be known as her father’s daughter but famous in her own right
Her younger sister feels the same and she is busy trying to establish a name for herself in the fashion world.
Temi has set up her own style blog JTO Fashion and has 22,000 followers on Instagram.
She shares news on the latest style must-haves with her fans – many of whom are Nigerian – as she travels between the fashion capitals of Europe and shops in Dubai and London.
She said she feels her blog is ‘acting as the medium between Nigeria and the rest of the world’.
Temi has been running her blog for the last year and said it has helped her establish a number of contacts with key fashion houses including Valentino.