Aje Butter Vs Aje Pako

The above expression are seemingly exclusive to Nigeria and Nigerian. They came into common usage following the distinction between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. While Aje butter refers to the rich, Aje Pako is a tag for the poor and struggling class. These terms are Yoruba slangs. Aje butter literally depicts a person that eat butter, one who enjoys a rosy life, usually pampered and often lazy. Aje Pako on the other literally means a person that eat 'stick '. It refers to a person going through serious stress and hardship in life. It is the sharp contrast of the Aje butter. 

These adaptation emerged from the general Nigerian conception that only the children of the rich had their bed buttered, while the ghetto and the hard-lifers seldom had bread, not alone affording the luxury butter. If they had bread at all, then it was often the cheap and low-quality type that tastes like stick. If a Nigerian says 'God has buttered his bread', it definitely points to material fortune. Hence, butter upon bread simply depicts a good life. 

However, not loosing sight of this disparity, we beseech the rich to always do good to let some butter fall off their table for the waiting Aje Pako. The rich should know that life is not a freezing chill of air conditioned room for everybody. Not everybody can afford the luxury of butter! Yet we all have the image and likeness of God. When the Aje butter fails to come to the aid of the Aje Pakos, the country possibly becomes Jaga jaga. JAGA JAGA is a Nigerian slang that describes a state of disorder, chaos and rancor. 

Now the country becomes jaga jaga when the butties are not sensitive to the plight of the Pakos. If the Aje butters refuse to give a piece of bread to the Aje Pakos during the day, the Aje pakos might just be compelled to come take the loaf at night. So, the poor can not sleep since they are hungry & the rich can not sleep since the poor are awake. 

We are tired of this jaga jaga situation. We need the Fresh air. We know it will come;but how soon, we do not know. While we wait, let us pray! 

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  • Smile 😊                                                                    well ,am also a girl born with no silver spoon, ajepako to be precise, but to be candid we are more hardworking than so called ajebutter because "if we no work we no dey chop" and I pray God help us achieve all our dreams. 

    - Rukayat Olubode - 2019-10-05 15:51:25 Quote

  • I think we should all be able to help each other in the little ways we can that's d only way this country can move forward, Aje butter help aje pako so that you can also sleep 

    - Eweniwe Favour - 2019-10-05 15:53:43 Quote

  • Kudos, nice write up.

    Even tho the so called Ajepakos are striving hard to make deir daily bread.

    I don't know if we observe that d butties also want to be claiming dey are also from ghetto these days

    - Abdwahab Abdqudus Omobolaji - 2019-10-05 16:39:19 Quote

  • In the country today the rich known as aje butter look down on us the masses aje kpako, without any remorse, All we pray is a better Nation, where we'll all come together as one and help each other as brothers and sisters, may God see us through

    - Precious Simon - 2019-10-05 16:51:30 Quote

  • not all ajebuters are spoilt brats though some arereally very hard working. it depends on the home training your parents give you. but i believe ajepakos are more willed to succed because of the hrd training dey always pass through. the will to survive and overcome is higher

    - Obi Chukwuebuka - 2019-10-05 16:54:40 Quote

  • Aje pako dosen't neccesarily mean hardship it's more like the hustlers and the ones who knows the street codes and scopes. But nevertheless,  The rich people should be able to help the struggling class people so that Nigeria would be a better place 

    - Adejuwon Samuel - 2019-10-05 17:22:11 Quote

  • I am a full time ajepako. We struggle for daily bread,we pray that God blesses our hustle. The struggle is very real and most aje butter might not really understand what is being passed through because their parents already gives them everything

    - Obi Chidera - 2019-10-05 17:30:42 Quote

  • Ajepakos are the most hardworking individual you can ever meet...they take life any way they see it.. handle and bring out the best out of every situation ...they are strong.....trust me you will like them once you meet them...mostly jack of all trades....

    Kudos to all ajepakos out there hustling

    - Isichei Precious - 2019-10-05 18:10:30 Quote

  • Yes, we need prayers but we also need action. Change starts with us. It is very sad that there is no middle class in general. We all need to help each other with bread and butter to make this country great again. We need to be our brothers- and sisters keepers.

    - Irene Obasuyi - 2019-10-05 18:11:16 Quote

  • It's so obvious to Nigerians and the outer world how Nigeria is so engrossed in rising corruption. The country is filled with corrupt leaders leading corrupt system in the country. The rich are too greedy and the poor suffers the more day by day. 

    - Ugo Manuel - 2019-10-05 18:12:34 Quote

  • This takes one back through memory lane. I was born with a golden silver spoon by his grace but later days was a change of what used to be. Even when I got admission in my first year, I had to go with my dad to meet with his friends to assist him with funds to train me in school, but they all disappointed  him, and yet those people still maintained their social class in the society, but couldn't help him. I can remember not having all then, had a pair of jeans 👖, one polo shirt 👕 and one plain trousers 👖 and just one footwear. Then everyone looked down on me, girls cared less, and the struggles were too tough for me until my saving grace came, my clothing changed, wears everywhere, rating good food and staying ahead, and also catching up well in class and then people started looking towards m for association. Once you are kpako, Ajebo class all use you play. 

    - PETER MMADUEKE - 2019-10-05 20:42:54 Quote

  • How I wish they rich can just help the poor around them and their community the world and country would be a better place,it's because the poor needs to survive that's why they engage in criminal and violence activities,they should not forget that someday that Ajebutter would need the help of that Ajepako in his area,school or department,let's help one another,God bless our nation

    - Omoghwigho Samson - 2019-10-05 20:46:22 Quote

  • Most ajepakos always turn out the wrong way cause of the lack of a good upbringing and adequate care from their parents While most ajebutters depend on their parents wealth to be successful in life but it mostly depends on the personality of the individual and his or her zeal in becoming a success.

    - Babalola Ayodele - 2019-10-05 20:52:00 Quote

  • The major consequences are because of the upbringing each individuals are brought up, because most aje pako lacks the manner and proper upbringing from their parents while it is otherwise from aje butters.

    - Babalola Ayodele - 2019-10-05 20:54:18 Quote

  • Aje butter or  Aje Pako we all have to work hard on our own despite your background e must do all our best to have a better life in the future. You might be born poor but that doesn't mean you have to die poor you need fo work hard and we all shall have that Aja butter life. 

    - Josiah Prince - 2019-10-05 21:20:07 Quote

  • The difference is clear . Aje butter is from rich family and aje kpako is from average family but the chaiman of them all is kpako. Kpako is from the street poor but a survivor

    - Frank Sodje - 2019-10-05 22:04:40 Quote

  • This is a very good and simple breakdown of the economic classes of Nigeria. But I would like to point out something.

       Every Aje Pako wishes to Aje butter and we are willing to do anything for it. But those who are referred to in the write up are those who would delve into dishonourable acts.

       Then there is another class of Aje Pako who are ready to work to make life easier for the Aje butters and in turn make life better for themselves and eventually become Aje butters.

       That is another class of Aje Pako. And we like to refer ourselves as the HUSTLERS

    - Jedidiah Ehimah - 2019-10-05 22:31:43 Quote

  • Nice article, aje pako or aje butter doesn't matter to me. All we need to do is to unite as one and help each other with everything we have so we can all smile in the end. I see no reason why some people will start thinking they are bigger than other people all because they are in a higher position than the others, we are all equal in the hand of our creator

    - Adaranijo Muhammad Toha - 2019-10-05 23:38:56 Quote

  • Aje butter and aje pako 

    What  i think  about  them is that God created  human for diffrent purpose , everyone  cannot  be rich  in this life  some have be poor while some  will be rich only God  knows  tomorrow. 

    The  person  who did  not  have enough today   can have plenty  of money  tomorrow  so let be patience. 

    - Odunoye Ibrahim - 2019-10-06 02:16:24 Quote

  • All we have to do is too help each other, no one is perfect, Aje pako are children that really likes hustling because they the background they came from, some Aje butter too are good but most are very lazy.

    - Olasukanmi Oluwaseun - 2019-10-06 07:49:24 Quote

  • They say person wey no get helper suppose get sense 😊😊I came from a very poor background, lost my dad at an early age in my life and ever since then have been through a lot as an ajepako. Very hard working. Ajepako life really thought me alot and I had no regrets being one. 

    - Clarke Deborah - 2019-10-06 08:01:31 Quote

  • Pikin wey nor get helper they get sense. Even as we wait for things to change, we the Aje Palo shouldnt just sit, we should keep hustling and as for the aje please spread the love.

    - Christopher Peace - 2019-10-06 12:46:59 Quote

  • I was not born with a silver spoon I was born as ajepako,but I think I love the category I fall in to, we ajepako knows how hard it is to be a man, if you don't work no food for you, it makes us wise about life more than aje butter, because their mentally will be like it easy to make it in life which is not so.

    - Jerry ifeoluwa Adebayo - 2019-10-06 13:31:54 Quote

  • I was born with a silver spoon I was born as ajebutter, but I think I love the category I fall in to, we ajebutter knows how easy it is to be a man, if you don't work food for you, it makes us wise about life more than aje butter, because their mentally will be like it easy to make it in life which is not so.

    - Ezeh Somtoo Emmanuel - 2019-10-06 14:17:20 Quote

  • Confirm ajepako here, Na that ajepako hustle make hear about nnu and I thank God say I benefit from the first one and am sure I will benefit from this too,  to eat na so so work oo

    - ayomide Ayomide - 2019-10-06 15:39:50 Quote

  • Am also not born with silver spoon but am ready to get one for my children.

    The bible has said it all that a man that is deligent in his work shall stand before kings. It doesn't matter wehter you are born again or not, if you are deligent and hardworking things will fall in place for.

    Everything is going to be fine 

    - Chukwu Anthony - 2019-10-06 22:40:47 Quote

  • Ajekpako from this side 👋. The ajekpako of this country are really working hard 😓 to make ends meet, that’s why I will always work hard to make sure my children doesn’t get to experience this kind of life.

    - Onekeneke prince - 2019-10-08 20:41:53 Quote

  • been born rich is not an opportunity it’s a privilege not to be wasted but those born in the ghetto should be given a slight of respect especially those who became something iconic in the society 

    - Daniel Chika - 2019-10-12 11:46:17 Quote

  • Yes o,  aje butter vs aje pako,  big difference  o,  silver spoon and without a spoon. God help everyone so we don't be aje pako and transfer it to our children too,  oluwa please bless our hustle. 

    - Izuegbu Adaobi Rita - 2019-10-13 19:10:37 Quote

  • One thing I noticed about the Aje pakos mind u I'm also one is that they are the real hustlers and are very jovial people they keep on  pushing no matter how hard it is. Dispice that some of the Aje butters try to make life difficult for them at times the poor will work for the rich and they will refuse paying them when payment is due 😑

    To all the Aje butters that think the Aje pakos are also human like them and deserve everything Good like them God bless u out there.Amen.

    - Endy Joe - 2019-10-13 20:15:13 Quote

  • Ajebutter the soft chubby rich children who are never allowed to play with other street children because of fear of sustaining bruises and injury but kpako don't care at all 

    - Favour Efobi - 2019-10-14 13:41:52 Quote

  • Aje butter or aje Pako I believe God created everyone for one purpose everyone cant be rich and everyone cant be poor. God created us for one purpose or the other,ajebutter to help ajepako its vice varser. One thing about ajepako is that they the real hustler and real gin of strength they keep pulling even when things are hard while the ajebutter believes this life is full of rose until they face a bigger challenges.

    - Akinremi Abosede - 2019-12-11 09:20:42 Quote

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