Do you remember the first time you knew what money meant? 2005 or 2006. I went to a government secondary school and lived in a boarding house. My folks gave me just enough allowance to survive — about ₦2k per term. One day, my dad drove to my school and gave me ₦500, which I […]
Elections have always been a big deal. But now, they are more important than ever. Many people may argue that the 2023 General Elections is still a few years away, but if Nigerians have learnt anything from the past elections, it’s that now might be the time to become more interested in these things and […]
Let’s begin with a throwback. Do you remember your oldest memory of money? I’d say it was the house-to-house visits during Christmas. I always looked forward to that every year, even though the money I got from them wasn’t a lot — about ₦800 at the end of the day. It was a big thing […]
Relationships are funny. One minute, you and your partner are all loved up, making plans for the future and stuff. The next minute, you’re counting your losses and moving on. Oh well, that’s how life works. Anyway, we created this quiz to find out if you’re over your recent ex. Let’s see.
One recurring question everyone considering having kids asks is: how much does it really cost to have a baby. There are tons of hospital visits, tests and procedures. All of these things cost money and for the most part, a lot of Nigerians don’t have insurance. For this aritcle, I spoke to six Nigerian parents […]
As told to Toheeb I’ve been thinking about talking to a gambling addict for Naira Life for some time now, but I haven’t found someone who’s willing to share their story yet. Two weeks ago, while looking for people to interview for this article, a lady reached out to me. She wanted to tell me […]
The lady in this story is quite young, but frankly, that’s not the most interesting thing about her. It’s how she started photography as a hobby and followed through till today. Five hard years, long YouTube hours, a couple of projects later, here’s what her #NairaLife looks like. Let’s start from the beginning. What’s your […]
Conversations about money are not exactly fun. And I imagine that it’s harder for couples to have these conversations although they are very important. I was musing about how people in relationships navigate this and manage their finances, so I spoke to five people about it. Uche, 33, Male, Married I’ve been married to my […]
The subject of this story first got published in 2004. A lot has happened since that time, and most of it is about employers and publishers not holding up to their end of the deal. Now he’s taking a crack at building his own publishing company. But how did he get here? What’s your oldest […]
The subject of this story makes her money from selling soap and kerosene. She talks about how losing her job 18 years ago changed everything and how a social enterprise she belongs to made all the difference for her in 2020. Do you remember when you started your business? 18 years ago. I used […]
In 2016, this subject made a difficult but necessary decision to move to Nigeria from the UK where she was born and raised. How long did it take her to find her feet in the country? About four years? What made all the difference? Linkedin. What’s your oldest memory of money? That would be my […]
The subject of this story sells tomato and other items at a market in Abuja. She talks to us about how she’s been building her business over the years and how the pandemic and a market dispute are making things a little more difficult for her. Do you remember when you started your business? I […]
The idea for this article was inspired by a conversation on Twitter about what living on a ₦400k salary looks like in Nigeria, and if it’s enough to fund a “soft life”. We thought it might be interesting to talk to people who earn within that range, so I put a call out on Twitter. […]
The subject of this story works with small businesses. But before this, he tried to build two businesses from the ground up. The first one landed him in debt. The second one ended with some more dire consequences: legal troubles and debt. What’s your oldest memory of money? When I was about to finish secondary […]
The subject of this week’s Coping In A Pandemic is a widow with three children. She talks about starting her businesses, how Covid-19 has affected her income and her current struggles with paying her rent.
The guy in this story has two things going on for him: developing new skills and taking a leap of faith. The ultimate gamechanger for him, though, is a tech hub he joined at uni and a DM he got in 2020. What is your oldest memory of money? My dad always did this thing […]
A lot of people swear that Abuja has a lot of things going for it. I mean, it should — it’s the nation’s capital. That’s a decent claim to fame too. I was curious about how money moves in the city, so I asked 7 people living there to talk about their expenses. 1. Patrick, […]
Nigeria has an unemployment problem. According to a report published by the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s unemployment rate was 27% in Q2 2020. This is the perfect situation for the rise of job scams, which a lot of people have actually fallen victim to. I thought it might be good to find some Nigerians […]
This #NairaLife is a little strange. She earns enough to meet her needs. The only problem is, she’s dealing with some regrets, especially with her financial decisions in the past 10 years. What’s your oldest memory of money? In 1994, I got admitted to secondary school. My dad took me on a tour of the […]
I’ve always been fascinated by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and the relationships between each level of the pyramid– how one must be completed before other. According to his theory, physiological needs are the most important requirement for human survival. ‘Shelter’ is one of these needs. So, I decided to ask young Nigerians about their struggles […]
As told to Toheeb. Last year, I thought it might be interesting to talk to a student cultist for Aluta and Chill, the flagship series I was writing at the time. I put the word out, but it was futile. I was about to give up my search when a friend told me there was […]
At least 25 million Nigerians are living with a disability. This #NairaLife is about one of them. The subject survived polio when he was young, but that’s not the only significant life event he has had to deal with. This one is about resilience and hope. What’s your oldest memory of money? I don’t remember […]
Do you ever wonder if you graduated with the ‘honours’ you actually deserve at university? We were thinking of the same thing, so we did the best thing we could. We made a quiz.
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