Plus: Some exciting announcement

Vol 37 | 17-07-2023

Good morning, {$name}. 🌞

My name is Tife, and I’m here because I briefly kidnapped Toheeb with an exciting announcement.

ICYMI, Toheeb hinted this in the newsletter last week, but here’s the gist: I’ll be taking over this series from him.

Today’s Naira Life is my first (insert screams), but before we get into it, I had a conversation with Toheeb where he talked about his best (and least favourite) thing about writing the series. We also talked about some of the interesting things we hope to continue doing with Naira Life.

Tife: What was it like writing Naira Life?

Toheeb: It was revealing. Most of the conversations and the stories added a new layer of perspective or gave me a totally different context to something I already knew.

Tife: What did you like most about writing the series?

Toheeb: I’ve loved Naira Life even before I started writing it. My favourite part of the process was the conversations that led to the stories. Least favourite? I’m genuinely not sure. Maybe just the fact that it usually took most of my weekend. But even that wasn’t a disaster.

Tife: What’s your best Naira Life story?

Toheeb: Haha. This is an incredibly difficult question. I have a few favourites for varying reasons. But the Naira Life that moved me the most was NL 137.

I also have a question for you, Tife. What are you looking forward to the most about owning Naira Life?

Tife: Meeting rich people and begging them to show me the way. JK JK. I’m looking forward to the conversations and bringing even more diverse stories. NairaLife is known for sharing the stories of people with very broad worldviews and distinct experiences, and I want to do more of that. From the female carpenter on the road, to the silent millionaires and everyone in between.

Cheers to new beginnings. Now, let’s get into this week’s stories.

In this letter:

  • #NairaLife: The Christian Missionary Trusting God With ₦49k/Month
  • HustlePrint: From Studying Agricultural Engineering to Working at Spotify
  • Love Currency:Dating in Abuja on a ₦700k Influencer Monthly Income
  • Money Meanings: “Palliative”
  • Game: #HowMuchLast
  • Where The Money At?!

#NairaLife: The Christian Missionary Trusting God With ₦49k/Month

The 34-year-old in this #NairaLife set out to escape a life of poverty in Mushin, Lagos. But a decision to follow God meant abandoning a ₦150k/month offer and a promising civil engineering career for ₦5k/month to volunteer at a Christian mission in 2015.
Now, he can hardly boast of a monthly income, but he’s sure of one thing: he’ll never be stranded.

Read his #NairaLife.

Some other great money articles you should read:

From Studying Agricultural Engineering to Working at Spotify

In 2016, Zainab Ayodimeji began her transition into tech after realising that her agricultural engineering background may not give her the career and income growth she wanted. Now, she’s helping Spotify teams make important decisions for users. In this story, she shares how the journey was a mix of vibes, strategy, and pure luck.

Read her Hustleprint here

Dating in Abuja on a ₦700k Influencer Monthly Income

After COVID, Julia* quit her insurance job to focus on being a food blogger. In this article, she tells us how her boyfriend influenced her decision, going from earning ₦30k to ₦700k monthly and her plan to be financially independent.

An excerpt: “We’re not really big on gifts, but we try to get something for each other on birthdays. For his birthday this year, I got him a cake and perfume. I also sent him money. Everything was approximately ₦70k. While for my birthday, he got me a cake, two customized shirts and tote bags for my brand.

We still don’t go on actual dates because he doesn’t like going out, and since my work keeps me outside most of the time, I prefer to spend my time indoors too.

Read the full story 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.

What’s a fair price to 10x’ing your productivity if you work from home. So, #HowMuchLast for a home office setup?

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 resident money girl

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