6 Nigerian Parents On What Their Creative Children Do For Work

January 28, 2021

Thanks to the internet, a host of careers that previously didn’t exist now do. From vlogging to digital influencing, to UX designing, and so much more in between, it seems there is an endless list of professions that didn’t exist when our parents were young that many young people have created for themselves and are flourishing in.

It doesn’t come as a surprise then that many parents either do not understand or care for what their young millennial/Gen Z children do for work especially when those careers are non-traditional. There are also, of course, the parents who understand and even those who don’t but still give their unwavering support. We asked six Nigerian creatives who are working in non-traditional jobs to interview their parents on what they think their kids do for work.

Here’s what Immanuel’s dad has to say about Immanuel’s job as a social media strategist and event planner.

‘‘When you told me you wanted to be a creative I thought of your school fees (laughs) and wished you had made the decision earlier. I probably wouldn’t have allowed you major in creative arts as your only major. We’ve always allowed you to choose your path but we also know how uncertain the world can be. It’s always important to have a tangible degree in an established field – then you can do you extracurriculars. Anything that doesn’t make you money is extracurricular! I think you’ve had some moderate success and are much more certain in what you want to do than you were when you moved back. I would still want you to get a monthly salaried job and do all this media stuff on the weekends. But I will support you as best as I can – within reason.’’

Here’s what Fidel’s dad has to say about Fidel’s job as a product designer.

‘‘You said you are a something designer. All those words, UI oh, Uniport oh. They don’t mean anything to me. But I know you said a designer and when I asked when you started designing clothes you said it’s in computers and phones. So I don’t know. But you work with companies to do stuff and some of the companies aren’t in the country sef. I am happy and proud because you are doing what you like and you are making money. I am happy too that you have moved out.’’

Here’s what Mikey’s mum has to say about Mikey’s job as a photographer.

‘‘I am so happy for Mikey because he went to Law school and finished but has a passion for photography. I can remember days when we went for a summer holiday and my other kids were buying clothes but Mikey said ‘Mum, I just need to buy a camera.’’ And I would ask ‘What do you want a camera for?’ When he finished law school, he was so interested in taking pictures and I have seen his pictures, they are all so good. I remember that I had to buy an Essence magazine when I was in the US when his shoot for them came out and I had to show it to everybody and they were all saying ‘‘He is good!’’. Initially, my husband was like ‘‘Mikey is a lawyer and he needs to go to the court and this and that.’’ but when we saw the pictures he had taken and how far he had gone, we knew we had to support him. When I came back to Nigeria last month, I told him that you can not sit down on your bed and edit. I have to create an office for you. Now I tell him, when it comes to your work don’t joke but still tidy your room.’’

Here’s what Sogie’s dad has to say about Sogie’s job as a photographer.

”There are several roads and paths to a successful life. If you have chosen yours, I am only interested in you giving whatever you have chosen a 101% commitment and continually improving yourself at whatever you have chosen. Since you are enjoying and feel good about what you are doing, as a parent I feel okay.”

Here’s what Steph’s dad has to say about Steph’s job as a writer.

‘‘You are a writer. I’m not sure why you waited till we had to pay Babcock law fees before you found out that you don’t need a degree sha. But you are doing what you like so that is what is important. I like it better now that you are making better money from it too so let’s thank God that it has gone beyond a hobby.’’

Here’s what Dami’s mum has to say about Dami’s job as a social media strategist.

‘‘You have a job? I thought people pay you for being on the phone every day. I don’t entirely understand what you do, all I know is that you make money from being on your phone and laptop. I was worried that you were doing online fraud when you started talking about making money online then you said it wasn’t online fraud and I haven’t seen police come so I thank God. I am happy because this country makes it hard for young people to find employment so I am glad to see that young people are making their own jobs up and are doing it from their houses.’’

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

May 14, 2020

I know what you are thinking but hear me out. Open your mind. Science has shown that if your dog does any of the things on this list, it is introverted. 1) It doesn’t bark when it sees Miss Rona. 2) It doesn’t bark when thieves visit your house. 3) Your landlord walked all the […]

February 10, 2020

Hate it or love it, every year on February 14th ⁠— people everywhere revel in the excessive financial posturing and capitalist monster of Valentine’s Day. From roses, to cake and all the presents your friends on Instagram will DM heart eye emojis at, there’s everything to look forward on Valentine’s Day 2020. Or there was […]


Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

December 11, 2019

In the past month, we’ve made quizzes that guessed the last time you had sex, how many people you’ve slept with, and just how good you are in bed. For our latest attempt, we will use your taste in Nigerian music from the 2010s to ascertain what you’re like in bed. Take to find out:

March 24, 2020

While we know that a lot of the best Nigerian artists deservedly have fans across generations, that won’t stop us from attempting to guess how old you are based on your taste in Nigerian music. So, take this quiz to see if we got it right:

What are you like in a relationship?
February 7, 2020

Your taste in music can say a lot about you, and this time, it’s going to reveal what you are like in a relationship. So, pick a few of your favourite Nigerian love songs, and we’ll let you know if you’re typically a distant, passionate or unbothered partner. Here you go:

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 Inside Life


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.