There are basically two classes in Nigeria. It is either you are an ‘ajebota’ or an ‘ajepako’. The ‘ajebo’ people as Nigerians often say are the ‘tush’ ones; this class of people are more inclined to act the ‘oyinbo’ way.
Being wealthy most times make many people regard some people as ‘ajebota’ because of the standard of living they are used to. For some, education helps them transform totally and could make people term them ‘ajebo’.
Their ways of life many not conform to that which they grew up with after attaining a certain level of education. Technology also changes the status of some people and it helps them adjust to the trend of the society.
The people regarded to as ‘ajepako’ live ruggedly; they are able to adjust to any situation and would survive even under the hardest conditions. People believe that those born without a silver spoon fall in this group. Some people born wealthy could also show traits of an ‘ajepako’ when they decide to move away from the family business and strive for success while being independent.
That being established let us look at the things people do that make them get termed an ‘ajebota’ or ‘ajepako’ in Nigeria:
1. Having a chauffeur
When you have to go to school in a very beautiful car with you sitting down at the owner’s corner, you are definitely an ‘ajebota’. To accentuate things, the driver opens the car door for you to step out; you are definitely a ‘Botty’.
An ‘ajepako’ would board the usual ‘danfo’ to school and return by standing at the back of the bus because he must have spent his t-fare in school.
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2. Getting kissed on both sides
You are definitely an ‘ajebota’ when your parents kiss you on both cheeks when you are stepping out of the house to go see your friends or when you just returned from a journey.
You know you are an ‘ajepako’ when you can get slapped for attempting to kiss your mum on the cheek. To make matters worse, she may end up swearing for you.
3. When you go on vacations
You would know you are an ‘ajebota’ when your parents can afford to send you outside the country on vacation and you talk about travelling to London like you are going to the next street.
You have to be an ‘ajepako’ when your idea of holiday is staying with your aunt at Ajegunle.
4. Games being played
Being an ‘ajebota’ means the games you play are assorted games. You would be obsessed with the thoughts of playing golf and crickets at expensive places.
Your ‘pakoness’ is hardy when your idea of games is hunting rats and playing rubber balls.
5. Walking steps
If you are a woman and finesse is engraved in your skin, you may sashay even when you are walking on the streets, you could pass for an ‘ajebota’.
But a lady who pays no attention to her mode of dressing and drags her feet openly in the street must be an ‘ajepako’. She would go to the next street tying wrapper.
6. Clothes worn
When you are obsessed with having designer products worn every now and there, you are an ajebota. Also, when you check the label of the clothes before you buy them, you know this is your class.
On the other hand, you know you are an ‘ajepako’ when the only time you come close to close that have ‘Atmosphere’ label is when you visit your bend down select centre.
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7. Your friends
There is no doubt about you being an ‘ajebota’ when all your friends are children of governors and senators in the society. These are the people you visit and the type who visit you regularly.
You know you are an ‘ajepako’ when the people you move with are nameless children. Climbing people’s cashew trees and rolling car-tyres in the street is all you ever do.
8. House maids
When you have a lot of maids in the house who see to your needs, you are an 'ajebota'. You may not even wash plates after you eat as they would clear the table for you. You must be an 'ajepako' when you are not sure what dinner is and you eat just what you see.
9. When you can talk back at your parents
You are an 'ajebota' when you can ask your parents questions that query their sanity when they act out of line. You may also be at liberty to tell them not to be silly. You know you are an 'ajepako' when you talk back at your mum and she blames your stupidity on your father's family members.
10. Use of washing machine
You may pass for an 'ajebota' when your clothes are washed with washing machine and you never have to worry about ironing them yourself. You are an 'ajepako' when you wash your clothes yourself and use soda to do so. You also dry out the clothes on grasses and worry about it being stolen by madmen in the street.