Volume 76

Good morning,

While reading an early draft of this week’s Naira Life, I wondered: At what point do people who grew up in low-income families decide to leave home? Are there similarities or patterns in the event(s) that trigger this resolve?

For example, the lady in this story left home at 18. She’d realised that a few things would remain unattainable if she stayed. At the time, these were an Android phone, access to the internet, and being self-sufficient to buy all the books she wanted or afford her rent. So, she packed her bags and left. Now, all of these are within her reach. She’s worked hard for them, too.

One of the primary things she now optimises for is working even harder to ensure that her siblings can access the resources and lifeline she couldn’t get. That’s her motivation, and boy, is it as strong as they come. Let’s get into it.

In this letter:

  • #NairaLife:The Sex Worker Who’s Securing Her Siblings’ Future
  • 7 Nigerian Blue-Collar Workers on Their Incomes
  • #ZikokoMoneyVideo: What’s the Last Thing You Bought That Made You Happy?
  • QUIZ: How Much Money Do You Need Right Now?
  • Where The Money At?!

#NairaLife: The Sex Worker Who’s Securing Her Siblings’ Future

The 24-year-old sex worker in this #NairaLife left home at 18 in search of a better life. She’s achieved that goal. Now as her family’s breadwinner, her new focus is building and securing an even better future for her siblings.

Read her #NairaLife here

Attention all music lovers!

Zikoko has something for you, and we’re calling it Strings Attached. On Saturday, May 11, 2024, we want you outside for a day of link-ups, games, drinks and live performances at Muri Okunola Park, Lagos. Strings Attached is an opportunity for friends to reconnect, lovers to bond and individuals to make friends and build community. The best part is that it’s free.

To get a free ticket, download the Onebank by Sterling App and sign up using ZIKOKO as the referral code. You’ll get your ticket sent to your email.

Click here to get the app

“My Take-Home Salary Doesn’t Take Me Home” – 7 Nigerian Blue-Collar Workers on Their Incomes

If you are curious about how much blue-collar workers and service people earn and their chances of income growth, this is a good place to start.

There are seven workers in this story, and they shared what they really earn, as well as how much their earnings have grown over the years.

Read their stories here

Hertitude— Nigeria’s biggest women-only festival — is back for a third time. For those new to the scene, Zikoko brings all the girls to the yard every year to let their hair down, form bonds and celebrate what it means to be a hot babe.

It’s happening on April 20, 2024 in Lagos and will feature everything from talent shows and karaoke sessions to spa services, live music performances and an afterparty.

Click here to get tickets

What’s the last thing you bought that made you happy?

QUIZ: How Much Money Do You Need Right Now?

Take this quiz and we’ll guess how much you need right now.

Take the quiz 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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See you next week…

Yours cashly,


Zikoko’s’OG’ Mr. Money

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