24-year-old Feyi* has been dating her boyfriend for six years. They met in 100 level in 2017 and survived university as a couple. In 2022, they have limited incomes, but Feyi is confident they’re set for a comfortable financial future. Read her #LoveCurrency
The topic of how young Nigerians navigate romantic relationships with their earnings is a minefield of hot takes. In this series, we get into what dating across income brackets is like in different Nigerian cities. Onome* is a 21-year-old polyamorous lover who spends recklessly on her partners because her love language is gift-giving. In this […]
After eight years in the streets, this 34-year-old oil and gas engineer finally settled down with his perfect match — where he’s a reckless spender, his wife is financially prudent. Now, he tells Zikoko how he’s enjoying married life on his ₦2.3m monthly income.
When Renike Olusanya got her first commission to paint a portrait for ₦25k, she didn’t realise her life was about to change. Now, she looks back at her journey as an artist and tells Zikoko about her work-life balance and how she deals with troublesome clients. #AWeekInTheLife
In 2018, 22-year-old Adanna* randomly travelled to Lagos to hook up with a Facebook friend and ended up cohabiting with him. She never returned home. Four years later, she tells Zikoko how she’s living with her partner in Yaba on a ₦500k monthly income.
For this #AweekInTheLife, @jobosonchisa tells Zikoko about his design process, how he got his first million as a brand designer, his frustrations negotiating with clients and why he’s no longer choosing “vawulence” on design Twitter.
9 hours every day, Uche Uka* sells food from behind a counter, while evading stern managers. At the fast food restaurant she works, resting is against the rules. But after 2 years of thankless service for ₦40k a month, she wants better from life
When Onyinye Gift Ikechukwu engaged her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, something interesting happened.
For nine hours every day, 26-year-old Daisy* calls 180 loan defaulters to get them to pay up their debts. But when she’s overlooked for a promotion after two years, she starts doing the bare minimum while she figures out her next career move.
After failing to get a job with his pharmacy degree, Nicholas* switched to content writing. Now on a ₦135k monthly salary, he’s tired of doing the same things every day. What’s an ideal future for him? To get crypto writing gigs that’ll make him a millionaire.
A woman who sells loans to Nigerian police officers walks us through the chaos of dealing with aggressive officers on a daily basis, why she dislikes the job and her plans for the future.
Today’s #AWeekInTheLife subject is a female painter thriving in a male-dominated industry. This means dealing with gender stereotypes and misbehaviour from male clients. One thing keeps her going though: her ambition to own a home in Lagos.
What’s it like to be a receptionist in Lagos? It involves a lot of patience. And in this week’s #AWeekInTheLife, a receptionist tells us about reporting co-workers who come late to work, dealing with snobbish callers and why she’s grateful for her job.
In 2020, this 23-year-old went from millionaire to pauper, losing ₦2.1m to forex. He tells us how his girlfriend commanded him to leave his exes for her, and how they’re making their relationship work on a combined monthly income of ₦325k in 2022.
What’s it like to be a skincare formulator in Nigeria? For Happylyte, it means fighting with logistics drivers and dealing with dishonest suppliers. But she’s not taking her eyes off her ambition — to become a medical aesthetician someday.
In 2021, this 29-year-old freelance writer recovered from a gambling addiction with the help of his lover. One year later, how is he managing a long-distance relationship with a single mother on a ₦300k salary?
The subject of this week’s #AWeekInTheLife is Hero Lewis, a maths teacher based in Port Harcourt. He talks about learning patience on the job, why he misses flogging students and the aspect of his job that brings him the most joy.
The subject of this week’s #AWeekInTheLife is a fitness coach. He tells us about his training regime, rigid personal diet and the fitness myths that make him scratch his head the most.
The subject of this week’s #AWeekInTheLife is Lola Salehu, a product designer. She tells us how she switched from coding to design, the intentional way she sees the world and the most important thing on her bucket list — to change her passport.
The subject of this week’s “A Week in the Life” sells gadgets at Computer Village. He tells us about the chaos of the Village and how he manages to stay faithful in a market infamous for dishonesty.
In 2014, this ghostwriter’s rate was ₦1 per word. 8 years later, she’s making 7 figures per project. Maybe one day she’ll release a book with her name but right now, she doesn’t care about recognition — as long as the pay is good. This is #AWeekInTheLife
In 2019, @TheIgboWolf made his first Instagram skit but paused content creation for two years because he needed a better phone. Now, he’s become a social media trendsetter. Here’s the story behind his hits and his personal struggles with going viral.
In today’s #AWeekInTheLife we feature Samiat Salami, a textile designer who makes prints for ready-to-wear clothes and home decor. She explains her design process, the pains of running a global business in Nigeria & how hard it is to find plus-size models.
The subject of today’s #AWeekInTheLife is a massage therapist. He tells us about the stereotypes that plague his hustle, how he deals with sexual harassment but why he continues to love what he does anyway.
Kingsley*, 28, is an Abuja-based lawyer who’s been in a serious relationship for over a year. How’s he holding down his relationship on his ₦180k monthly salary?
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