What would your #NairaLife look like if you did?

Vol 19 | 27-02-2023

Good morning. 🌞

I’m fascinated by civil servants, and I like talking to as many as I can find. My mum has been working for the government for about two decades, and it was from her I first learned that what civil servants don’t get in rapid income growth, they get in job security and credit and financing structures.

This is also true for the 36-year-old civil servant in today’s NairaLife. For the better part of the last 13 years, she’s had to constantly punch above her financial weight in pursuit of her basic and grand goals. Ultimately, what made the difference was largely connected to her career in the civil service.

Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s stories.

In this letter:

  • #NairaLife: She’s a Civil Servant and Her Investment Choice is Real Estate
  • HustlePrint: What Does a Career in Data Science Involve? Here’s the Tea
  • #LoveCurrency: Dating in Lagos on an ₦80k Administrative Officer Income
  • Money Meanings: “Purchasing Power”
  • Game: #HowMuchLast
  • Where The Money At?!

#NairaLife: She’s a Civil Servant and her Investment Choice is Real Estate

The civil servant in this #Nairalife has worked for 18 years and her current gross salary is ₦684k. But she also owns real estate worth over ₦40m.
How did she do this while supporting a family? Years of little moments adding up, relationships and access to loans.

This is what her #NairaLife looks like

Some other great money articles you should read:

What Does a Career in Data Science Involve? Here’s the Tea

Last week on Hustleprint, we shared how Zainab Ayodimeji decided that her Agricultural Engineering degree wasn’t the hill she wanted to die on and kickstarted a career pivot in data science.
Drawing influences from that story, we worked on a step-by-step guide on how you can become a data scientist too.

Read the guide here

Dating in Lagos on an ₦80k Administrative Officer Income

Oge (33) met Ugo (31) on Twitter in 2021. Two years and 30+ love emails later, they’re engaged and planning their future together on a combined income of ₦280k.

An excerpt: “Since 2021, when he was earning ₦80k, till now that he earns ₦200k, he’s been transparent about how much money comes in, goes out, and how much he saves. He knows how much I earn and I save too. We’re both part of an ajo. We save ₦30k each, and I try to save up to ₦40k in some months.

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.

This week, let’s test how much you’re willing to pay for what everyone swears is fast internet. So, #HowMuchLast for a Starlink device?

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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