Zikoko Daily Newsletter: The Relaunch

September 29, 2021

A complete visual redesign.

Exclusive inside gist.

New content.

The ability to send in submissions.

Guaranteed to make hours in traffic feel like hours in traffic, but this time, you’ll be smiling like someone who’s just found love.

This is the new Zikoko Daily.

Still here? Then let’s get into it!

A while ago, we realised we could improve our current newsletter structure, aesthetics, and content plan. So we went ahead and did just that.

Go on…

Here at Zikoko HQ, our slack channels can get pretty wild. As one writer is dropping new ideas, someone else is asking for quick feedback. While one writer is battling principalities and powers (usually in the form of slow internet) to get a piece published. our editorial ogas are asking the important questions like, “Have we reminded our readers that they’re violently single?”, “Have we asked them what kind of jollof they are?” Here’s one of such situations:

Image of Kunle asking for ideas on a slack channel
It started innocently enough
Image of zikoko's writers throwing ideas in response to Kunle's question.
And then this happened.

This is how our flagship series Naira Life, Love Life, So You Don’t Have To, Abroad Life, What She Said, Interview WIth, Man Like, and others were born. From the outside, it might seem like we’re simply chaotic AF, and honestly, we are.

Zikoko 🤝 Ment

But there’s a lot of thought, planning, experimenting, iterating, and scheduling that goes into the articles we publish. And all this is so you can read them and say, “OMG, Zikoko is so great.”

That’s right.

Oya get to the point

We’re excited to be launching the new Zikoko Daily. Whew. We’ve been wanting to say that for a hot minute now.

So what’s new with Zikoko Daily?

1. A new visual design

We figured that if we were going to deliver premium content to you, the newsletter needs to look and feel great, like Fan Yogo on a hot Sunday in March. To make it easier for you to find the Zikoko content you love, we’ve grouped the content into neat cards. Check it out!

2. Exclusive content

Starting *checks time*, now, Zikoko Daily will feature content that will only live in your inbox. Kinda like a behind the scenes peek at how your favourite stories come together. Who is shaving their heads at the office, what weird concoction Kunle is assembling in the name of dinner, etc.

We’ll also be launching a column where you’ll be able to send in submissions that’ll feature in the newsletter. Hint: this one’s about love. So get your stories ready.

Let’s take a break to hear from our two sponsors and resident struggling artists, Ignis Brothers: Dwin (Editor-in-Chief at Zikoko) and Ruka (Managing Editor at Zikoko).

“Let’s get straight to the point. Zikoko writers are always causing trouble with their stories, but how are they doing it? To be honest, we have no secrets. We are an open book. But if, perhaps, we did have secrets, that’s the kind of information we’d only reveal to our Z! Daily family. Question now is, are you part of the family yet?”- Dwin

“Love and subscribe to the newsletter or ELSE” – Ruka

Cute. Back to regular programming.

3. Throwbacks

Unlike your ex who keeps leaving you on read, we’re willing to take you back. We’ll be hitting you with throwbacks of some of our old stuff. It’s not today we started making banging stuff.

So that’s it — for now. It’s not the latest iPhone announcement, but you will be able to win some very cool things when we launch our newsletter referral system in the coming months. It only gets better from here.

What next?

Well, it’s a date. See you in your inbox. *blows powder*.

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