Tyranny Of Socialites

Paris Hilton is a socialite. She can walk around with a Chihuahua sticking out her hand bag and she starts a fashion trend. Even as far out as in Nairobi tiny pedigree dogs have become accessories. Socialite is an elitist tag that is based on a prestigious education, a prominent family name, high brow breeding and the wealth to justify the acceptance into a list of ‘so rich they have to be tolerated’.

Basically, a socialite is a rich person who is unemployed and the life of the high society party scene. They ooze class and are celebrated as high end consumers who generally know how to entertain. A third generation member of the Kenyatta family, who loves to party and splurge cash, would be considered a socialite.

Therefore, when you keep coming across the term loosely attached to groupies in local showbiz pages, it makes one want to scream.  A girl shows up at the right party, displaying parts, angling for a press shot. Since the local paps can’t figure out her background, they label her a socialite which is simply a polite way of saying, “Who is this floozy who is just popular for being around Prezzo?”

Oyunga Pala is a Kenyan writer, curator and editor. This blog examines the texture of everyday Kenyan and African life and the challenges of modernity and disillusion. The writings commonly feature the struggle of the Kenyan male to maintain integrity in contemporary society.


  1. Modicks Ayiro

    In this part of the world tp be specific Kenya, when a skimpy dressed attention seeking woman hugs the so called “celebrities” in a local hangout spot, and paparazzi spot her, she is automatically branded a socialite.

  2. My sentiments too a week or so ago. They just don’t fit the bill.

    A socialite “paid to attend events?” Vera, educate me please! 🙂

  3. I’m one of your (silent) groupies, guess that makes me a socialite? 🙂 That word is so misused here.

    • Oh wait, to qualify I would have to tweet naked or near naked selfies of myself. Let me get to it then…

      • Then afterwards, claim that they were leaked by your haters. One quick snap to fame.

  4. The word Socialite is just too classy for some, they are just hoes(pardon my language)…someone taking naked pictures of themselves then claiming to be leaked by haters, sigh! Too much of attention seekers!

  5. ‘ooze class?’ I’m not so sure. I think it depends on the definition of the word ‘class’. Even though Paris Hilton is considered a socialite, she is by no means considered classy. In fact, the general perception, at least where I live, is that she is trashy…

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