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Vol 40 | 07-08-2023

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Good morning, {$name}. 🌞

Today’s subject line is also the title of an article the Zikoko team published last week. For some reason, I haven’t gotten it out of my mind. Wait, is this what “being triggered” feels like?

For the past few days, I’ve wondered what a perfect safety net looks like, and if I’ll ever hit whatever number I decide it is. I don’t have an answer to that question yet. If today’s Naira Life is anything to go by, I don’t imagine many people do either.

So, I guess we move? Cheers to that.

Now, let’s take a look at this week’s stories.

In this letter:

  • The #NairaLife of the Freelance Writer Who’s Seen Better Days
  • HustlePrint: From Studying Chemistry to Building an Exciting Content Marketing Career
  • Love Currency: What’s Dating Like in Lagos on a ₦300k Monthly Salary?
  • Money Meanings: “Delayed Gratification”
  • Game: #HowMuchLast
  • Where The Money At?!

The #NairaLife of the Freelance Writer Who’s Seen Better Days

The 31-year-old subject in this #NairaLife tried a few things for money before realising freelance writing paid him more than his colleague’s bank jobs. He thought he’d reached his final bus stop, but that only lasted four years.
Now, he’s down on his luck, sending 10 job applications weekly, and hoping that a structured job will provide him an escape.

Read his #NairaLife

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#Hustleprint: From Studying Chemistry to Building an Exciting Content Marketing Career

Aisha Owolabi was in uni to get a chemistry degree when she discovered social media marketing. In this story, she talks about transitioning into content marketing, hitting milestones, unlocking new work experiences, and everything in between.

Read her #Hustleprint here

What’s Dating Like in Lagos on a ₦300k Monthly Salary?

Okoye* is a 29-year-old freelance writer based in Lagos. He talks about recovering from a gambling addiction with the help of his lover in 2021, and also how he’s managing his now two-year-old relationship with a single mother, on a ₦300k salary.

An excerpt: “We’ve decided to be lovers for the long haul, so we discuss long-term plans. We want to expand her business. I’ve suggested getting a physical location and diversifying what she sells. Her thrift business fluctuates, and I’d like her to be more stable. We’re currently making progress with that.

One of the things we agreed on was to start ajo — ₦100k monthly savings. This month, she’ll pack ₦1.2m and launch the new business line.”

Read their #LoveCurrency here

Money Meanings

Game: #HowMuchLast

#HowMuchLast is a game where we show you an item and you tell us (and the world) the highest amount you’d pay for it.

Some weeks will be Okin biscuit, some others will be SUVs.

The jury is still out on if digital and smart watches will totally replace traditional wrist watches. Personally, I don’t believe they will. But smart watches are also popular than ever, so I’m wondering how much you think is a fair price to pay for one. #HowMuchLast for a smart watch?

What’s the most you’d pay? Tweet at us here.

Where The Money At?!

We can’t say we’re about the money and not actually help you find the money.

So we’ve compiled a list of job opportunities for you. Make sure you share this with anyone who might need it because in this community, we look out for each other.

Again, don’t mention. We gatchu.

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All good things must come to an end. But not this good thing. We’ll be back next week.

In the
meantime, keep reading Zikoko’s articles and be sure to share the love.

Till next week…

Yours cashly,


Zikoko’s ‘OG’ Mr. Money

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