Despite staying less than a day in the city of Lagos, Kim Kardashian was paid a reported $500,000 for her fleeting visit, angering Nigerians.
The reality TV show star Kim Kardashian is presently being criticised left, right and centre for her visit.
The mother-to-be was billed to ‘co-host’ the Love Like A Movie event with African R’n’B crooner Darey Art-Alade, for which tickets cost N100,000.
But according to attendants, Kim stayed at the event for 45 minutes, making a 45-second statement on the microphone.
There were disappointments after Kim Kardashian came on stage for only 40 seconds.’
A blogger, Jeremy Weate, described how Kim’s visit was an example of the country’s economic elite ‘blowing its money on bling puffery while most of the country suffers’.
He wrote: ‘Ms Kardashian appeared, said, “Hey Naija” and vamoosed. The rumour was that she’d been paid 500,000 Benjamins for the honour of mixing with the petro-class.’
Commentators in the country made reference to Kim’s infamous sex tape as they queried why a woman of dubious ‘moral rating’ should be in the country at all.
Eddy Odivwri wrote: ‘Many families are not exactly comfortable with her lifestyle, as she hardly cuts the image of a role model to a generation in need of a moral dress up.’
But Odivwri did welcome her visit as a sign that the country was an attractive destination to celebrities.
‘Despite what is considered as Nigeria’s many drawbacks, the nation remains yet a destination point to several international personages… the latest to visit… is Kim Kardashian, the world’s most famous American reality show celebrity.’