Why They Left Their Parents’ House and How They Are Doing So Far

January 20, 2022

Leaving home is a big step in adulthood. Many people do it for many reasons. In this article, six Nigerian women talk about why they left their parents house and how they are coping so far. 

Zee, 29

I moved out to Canada because of school. In the first few months, I felt alone. It took a while before I made friends. When I fell sick, there was no one to care for me. I had to go through a lot of things on my own. I couldn’t share some of my struggles with my family because I knew they could not help. My depression and anxiety even became worse but I am better now. 

The best thing about leaving home is that I became my own person. I also learned to appreciate my parents more. Right now,  I’m making plans to move my parents to Canada and I don’t mind them staying with me because I have realised  that family is everything.  

Blessing, 27

I moved out to do better for myself and family. I wanted a high paying  job and a new life. After doing my NYSC in  Port Harcourt, I stayed back. I haven’t been home since then. 

I wouldn’t trade the freedom I experience living alone for anything or not having anybody in my space. Things are better this way but I hate having to pay bills on my own, especially light and water. 

Lade, 28

I moved out because it was time. Many things indicated that it was. I have seven piercings on my earlobes and one on my nose. My parents gave me a lot of flack for it. I felt stifled living with them.  I couldn’t wear what I wanted. Also, their house was far from where I worked and town, in general so it was difficult to hang out with friends. I just had to leave. 

About a year ago, I moved to Surulere and I was really happy when I did. The best thing about it is the freedom. I smoke in peace now. I don’t have to inform anyone before I go somewhere or if I will come back. Also, I noticed my relationship with my parents is much better. They don’t complain about my piercings anymore or police my whereabouts. The worst thing about moving out  is having to decide what to eat everyday. I also hate having to call other men to come and fix things in the house. When I was living with my parents, my dad fixed everything. Handymen can be so condescending towards young women living alone. I love my parents and like visiting them but I can’t live there anymore. 

Tiff, 27

I moved out because I knew I wouldn’t survive with my parents. I am an only child so they expected a lot of things from me. I wasn’t  allowed to go out or have friends or wear the kind of clothes I liked. I needed to find myself without the restrictions they imposed on me. 

In 2019, I moved to Lagos where I got a job. I was so happy to leave. It wasn’t easy to survive on my own but it felt right. Raising money for rent was hard as fuck but I was ready to drink garri for as long as it took before going back to my parent’s house. I was glad to be able to do things for myself by myself without anyone’s unsolicited opinion guiding my every move. I love learning about myself at my pace. I also love sleeping in on Sundays. I wouldn’t go back to my parents’ house for anything. They haven’t even seen my tattoos LMAO. 

Eno, 25

I left home because I needed to be able to live life on my terms and have autonomy over my decisions. I wanted to be a different person from who my parents wanted me to be. In 2020, I left Abuja for Lagos. 

Leaving home was a particularly thrilling experience because it was the year the pandemic shutdown everything. I had already spent the first ten months with my parents and I almost ran mad.  

Since I left home, I have become more financially literate and have grown so much towards the person I’ve always wanted to be. The one thing I hate is paying hospital bills but it’s not enough to want to go back home. I’ve learnt that it’s safer for my relationship with my parents that we have separate lives. 

Oyin, 25

I moved out of my parents’ house because of the distance it took me to get to work everyday. I was the first to leave the house and last to come back. My mother didn’t want me to move out because of the Nigerian idea that a girl is supposed to live with her parents until she’s moving to her husband’s house. I tried living with family friends for a while but it wasn’t convenient.

My mum got tired of waiting for me at odd hours and advised me to get my apartment. It took a while to find one but once I did, I felt relieved. I now have more time for myself. I leave home and come back at my convenience. I don’t have to take permission for anything. 

So far, what I have come to dislike about living on my own is the bills that come from family. In most Nigerian families, once they see you moved out of your parents’ house, they assume you now have money somewhere and proceed to bill you. I hate it. 

Subscribe to our newsletter here.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

March 15, 2021

Periods are very uncomfortable, unnecessary and uncalled for, a factory error if you ask us, but we digress. Every woman who menstruates can attest to how cranky the experience makes them. All this to say, the last thing you want to do is add to your girlfriend’s annoyance.  Here are a few easy ways to […]

menstrual cups
June 15, 2021

As inflation happens and prices of products across the country increase, more Nigerian women are moving away from pads to more sustainable sanitary products. In this article, five Nigerian women talk about their experience using menstrual cups.  Elizabeth, 19 Sanitary pads never did it for me. Getting good sanitary pads was a real struggle for […]

Women Who Love Sports
May 11, 2021

For misogynist reasons, women who love sports are always asked one question or the other when they tell people they love sports. Here are seven of the things women hate they hate the most. 1. ‘Do you understand the rules?’ If you don’t geddifok, of course, they understand the rules. Do YOU understand the rules?  […]


Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

January 2, 2020

Do you have even a single romantic bone in your body? Well, if you’re not sure about just how sweet and thoughtful you can be to someone you love, that’s what this quiz is here to answer. 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are Ready To Marry  Are you ready to marry? Take these quizzes.

November 7, 2019

These days, everyone is always talking about how much sex they’re getting, or how little sex they’re getting, or how disgusting sex is etc. There’s just so much talk about sex, it’s almost impossible to know who’s lying and who’s telling the truth. In anticipation of our new series about the sex lives of young […]

November 28, 2019

There are so many talented and stunning Nollywood actors that make it hard not to fall in love with them. So, while we all know the likelihood of us ending up with any of them is super low, it’s still fun to imagine a world where we actually stood a chance, and that’s why this […]

More from Her

May 11, 2022

Today’s subject on #Zikokowhatshesaid is @fehinlean, a 30-year-old Nigerian woman. She talks about her childhood love for motorcycles, why she waited until she was 28 to ride one and handling the stares when people realise she isn’t a man, on her biking trips across the country.


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.