And You Thought Your Job Was Bad! Here’s What 4 Nigerians Spill About Past Employers.

January 9, 2020

Glory, Glory, you got a job and escaped the terror that is roaming the streets of the Nigerian Labour market, CV and a half-assed cover letter in tow.

But what was that?

Getting the job was only the beginning of the horrors and actually having to live through the job was way worse?

We asked 4 Nigerians their worst experiences working for Nigerian companies and their responses. Oh boy :

Olatunji – May or may not have been a slave.

When I was fresh out of secondary school, I was very eager to work, don’t ask me why, activity was just sweeting my body. So I found a job or well, let’s call it a job at one of the schools close to home.

My PTSD won’t let me get too into it, but let me just say I was a teacher who was collecting a ₦ 5,000 monthly salary in 2013 all to get to work at 7:15 AM and leave at past 5 PM when parents had come to collect their wards.
See, I swept classes, I mopped floors, I cleaned windows and my boss – the headmistress made a point of reminding me I was duty boud to carry these out.

One time, my boss made me go to her mother’s house to spray sniper (without any protective gear!) and soak her curtains. Another time, she asked her husband (who stuck around the school to help) to give me an envelope containing my ₦ 5,000 salary. Only it was incomplete.
Apparently, he had taken ‘a loan’ from me and didn’t feel the need to tell me until I spoke to his wife about it.

See, remembering this is getting me upset. Please respect my privacy during this tough period.

Ngozika – more or less worked in a secondary school.

I worked in one of the really big companies in Nigeria. Trust me, you know the name. When I first started work there, I was excited. I mean this was a great opportunity for me to learn and earn some money at the same time. Abi isn’t that what regular jobs are supposed to so? Hmm, brethren…


You know how when your parents wanted you to act right when you were younger, they’d treat your sibling a little better? Yeah, imagine that kind of setting in the workplace. The superiors acted like they were Vice-Principals in a secondary school and the junior staff were JSS3 students.
There was a ton of backbiting. There were very, very strict start times, if you defaulted by even a minute you could be penalised.
If the bosses felt like it, you’d work overtime. I’m saying from 9 AM- 9 PM without any prior information and without any extra pay. It was hell, I’m so happy I left.

Ebuka – just wanted his bank to do better.


I worked at one of those banks, and I won’t name any names but they just sacked a ton of people in the new year, so you already know.
Weekends? What are those. They’d make us do ATM duty and pay us ₦3,000 daily for taking our entire weekend away. Essentially making us work 7 days a week.
I’ve heard of the myth of a 9 – 5, but in that bank? Mba, no. 7 till mama calls, and this is no joke. My mom used to call all the time asking where I was. Worse still was that there was no promotion structure. You could start as a bank teller and work there for 5 years until they got tired and hired someone else for even cheaper, and the whole cycle would begin again. I’m so grateful I can work as an entrepreneur now.

Toba still needs his coins.

Lagos State where is my NYSC money? For my service year, I worked in a ministry of the government and I’ll be honest, I barely did anything. I can’t even complain. But if that’s why Lagos State thinks they won’t pay me my money, please tell them to sack like half of their workers oh. Somebody please @ambode, it’s his tight shirt I’ll hold for this money.

Boyin Plumptre

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

October 12, 2020

In the past week, Nigeria has experienced it’s biggest protest since 1993. The #EndSARS protest is a peaceful but powerful movement against police brutality in Nigeria, both generally, and specifically by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police. Charged with the responsibility of fighting crime and given the powers to prosecute offenders, SARS has […]

October 10, 2020

Today again, peaceful #EndSARS protesters have hit the streets across the country and all over the world. The demands are simple- The government has to do something immediately to stop the arm of police that ever so frequently brutalises and assaults Nigerian citizens. While protesters are out marching, putting themselves at risk of gunshots and […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

March 4, 2021

Prior to what the internet and that certain website say, sex can be very awkward. If there is one thing that can ease the tension, it is music. As we are in the business of being generous, we have complied 7 foolproof methods to help you create the perfect sex playlist 1.  Ask your father […]

March 4, 2021

Cadbury Nigeria, a part of Mondelēz International, and producers of the iconic Bournvita, a cocoa beverage drink, has rewarded the top three winning schools in the second edition of the Bourn Factor School Talent Hunt Competition, which took place nationwide, in 2020. The winners were unveiled at a media parley held at the Company’s head […]

March 4, 2021

Onscreen chemistry is one thing Old Nollywood got right. Some actors and actresses just had this thing that left you rooting for them hard even when you don’t think you should be. We decided to rank the top five couples from Old Nollywood that were everything. Genevieve Nnaji and Emeka Ike I know Tony Umez […]

Recommended Quizzes

October 30, 2019

2010 was a game-changing one for Nollywood, with our movies making serious cash and getting international acclaim. So, which of these hits released between 2010 and 2019 — from the pace-setting The Wedding Party to the divisive Trip To Jamaica — best suits your personality? Well, that’s what this quiz is here to answer:

October 30, 2019

Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys movie got a lot of things right, especially casting, so yes, it was a monster hit. Now, we know you may not have put much thought to this, but the personalities of some of the characters closely match yours, and we would like to help you find the perfect match. […]

November 30, 2019

With No Nut November FINALLY coming to an end, we’ve decided to mark the torturous month with some more horny content. After quizzes that guessed how many people you’ve slept with, how good you are in bed and who you’ll sleep with next, this one will guess when next you’ll get lucky. Take it to […]

More from Citizen

February 19, 2021

This Abroad Life will leave you speechless. Today’s subject woke up one day and had to suddenly move to the USA. She talks about surviving on almost nothing, avoiding an arranged marriage, becoming a citizen and family drama. Let’s start from the beginning. When did you move to the USA? I moved here in 2009 […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X