Volume 77

Good morning,

I have a few questions for you. Does money (or the lack thereof) affect the dynamics among friends? Does the high-earning friend — intentionally or unintentionally — control the terms of their friendships in a way they couldn’t if their friend(s) earn as much as they do?

What does this even look like from the POV of the low-earning friend? What classes of feelings erupt from being the person who constantly needs their friend to come through for them

I had these questions while reading this week’s Naira Life. Income gap among friends is not the whole story, but it’s a big part. It also reminded me of a story we published earlier on this subject. Both stories are incredibly revealing, so let’s get into them.

In this letter:

  • #NairaLife:The Baker Who’s Tired of Living on Handouts
  • 5 Nigerians On Being The ‘Broke Friend’
  • #ZikokoMoneyVideo: What’s the Last Thing You Bought That Made You Happy?
  • QUIZ: Only Super Rich Nigerians Can Ace This Quiz In One Minute?
  • Where The Money At?!

#NairaLife: The Baker Who’s Tired of Living on Handouts

This 29-year-old baker lost her life savings to a romance scam, dropped out of university and became homeless in one year. Over the years, she’s survived multiple depressive and suicidal episodes.

Her friends have consistently picked her up, but she wants a life where she doesn’t need to depend on them. She hopes to get there by achieving her culinary school dreams.

Read her #NairaLife here

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5 Nigerians On Being The ‘Broke Friend’

What does it mean to be the ‘broke friend’—the person who doesn’t earn or have as much disposable income as their friend(s)? If today’s Naira Life and this story are anything to go by, it manifests in different ways. But a few things are consistent —social/ financial anxiety and the feeling/fear of being left behind.

An excerpt: “Not being able to afford the spontaneity that comes with having money sucks. Recently, a friend hit me up to ask why I don’t a bone straight wig, and I was like “Sis, I’m broke.” Later, she asked me to buy her a pair of shoes for Christmas, and I was lost again.

My friends are probably tired of my “I’m broke” song. We have conversations about it sometimes, but those things make me sad, and I hate that they have to happen in the first place.”

Read more here

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

QUIZ: Only Super Rich Nigerians Can Ace This Quiz In One Minute

For this quiz, there are faces of people or objects and you have to match them to the Naira notes they appear on.

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.

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

See you next week…

Yours cashly,


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