Nigerian socialite Hushpuppi is living a life of luxury that many of his followers can only dream about.
Hushpuppi boasts an Instagram following of 1.9 million (October 2019) and is followed by A-list celebrities such as American singer-songwriter Erykah Badu.
But who is Hushpuppi? We reveal all in his biography.
Hushpuppi was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He has not publicly revealed his age but is believed to be in his 30s. Several publications claim Hushpuppi was born on June 14, 1988 - which would make him 31 (2019). But it seems his date of birth is actually in October.
Hushpuppi took to Instagram on October 11, 2019, to wish himself a happy birthday.
“As I turn a year older into my 30s today, I want to celebrate all of you out there who have through the years been very supportive in any form to me, those of you who mostly I have never met, spoken to or anything but have been a strong supporter of me through every situation until this point and still riding for me, I want you to know wherever you are that I celebrate and appreciate you today, today is OUR DAY!"
Hushpuppi’s birthday celebrations usually do not reveal anything that would confirm his age.
Hushpuppi real name
Hushpuppi’s real name is Raymond Igbalodely. He is also known as Aja Puppi and Aja 4. Close family and friends call him Ray.
How does Hushpuppi make money?
While Hushpuppi describes himself as a real estate developer, he has not fully disclosed how he makes money to afford his posh lifestyle. He once joked that he is a beggar by profession. The source of Hushpuppi’s wealth is a bit of a mystery but many believe he has invested in property and other lucrative businesses.
Hushpuppi comes from humble beginnings. His father is reportedly a taxi driver while his mother is said to be a baker who makes bread.
The socialite became famous based on the pictures and videos he shared on Instagram and Snapchat. Many were mesmerised by his wealth. He often flaunts his Gucci clothes, private jets, luxury cars and expensive trips all over the world on his social media pages.
Despite his riches, Hushpuppi describes himself as a humble man.
“To every young black kid out there… where you get in life is [up to] you - the hard work you put in, the passion, the love for what you do. Respect people, be humble to people, show love to people, be kind – that takes you far in life,” he said in an Instagram video.
Hushpuppi’s haters are convinced he makes his money illegally. Some have even predicted he will soon be arrested by Interpol for his alleged dodgy dealings. Hushpuppi has said time and time again that he makes his money through hard work and determination.
Despite this, some social media users believe it won’t be long before officials come knocking on his door – especially following the arrest of his friend Ismaila ‘Mompha’ Mustapha.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) reportedly arrested Ismaila at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport in October 2019. The Mompha Bureau De Change CEO was nabbed just before departing Nigeria. He was headed to Dubai, where he is based.
Hushpuppi shared a cryptic message on Instagram following Ismaila’s arrest.
“Some people are eagerly waiting for that sad news about you, may they wait until they perish,” the message read.
Hushpuppi controversy, rumours
Human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, made headlines in 2018 when he demanded that the EFFC investigate Hushpuppi. He accused Hushpuppi of being a “yahoo boy” – a term given to men who carry out online crimes such as the famous 419 scam.
“I want to commend EFCC for this good job. More work needs to be done in this regard. There are more yahoo boys in Abuja. And another reminder. There’s this guy called Hush Puppy or something like that. Look into it,” Deji tweeted after police arrested 57 alleged yahoo boys at clubs in Ikoyi.
Despite the rumours and controversy associated with his name, Hushpuppi continues to remain positive.
Hushpuppi is often confused with the American shoe brand, Hush Puppies. The company makes casual footwear for men, women and children. While Hushpuppi loves to splash out on shoes, he has no connection to the company. In fact, we doubt he owns a pair of Hush Puppies. He is more of a Gucci man!
Hushpuppi has taken pictures with several cars over the past few years including a Rolls Royce, Range Rover, Lamborghini and Ferrari. But it is unclear whether he owns all of the cars of if he just poses next to them during his travels
He reportedly bought himself a new red Ferrari in August 2019 – one year after he was seen posing with a white Lamborghini.
The Ferrari was allegedly a limited edition, with only 10 available in the world.
“It’s a Rarri baby Limited Edition 1 out of 10 #MyNewBaby #Ferrari #Number4,” he captioned the post, which has since been deleted.
Hushpuppi has reportedly rented luxury houses in Thailand and Dubai. He once revealed that he paid 24 million naira (around $66 000) to rent an apartment.
It’s unclear if Hushpuppi owns any of the homes he lives in.
Hushpuppi net worth
Hushpuppi’s exact net worth is unknown but judging by the expensive purchases he flaunts on Instagram; he is likely worth hundreds of millions of naira. Aside from being a self-proclaimed real estate developer, Hushpuppi is also a social media influencer who gets paid thousands of dollars to host exclusive parties around the world.
Some reports claim Hushpuppi is worth $20 million.
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