This week’s Love Currency subject talks about moving to Nairobi because of the terrible light in Nigeria, getting a job at Spotify and receiving the best birthday gift from his girlfriend, even in a long-distance relationship.
Among the things Douglas* wished for on his 24th birthday, finding love was not one of them. When he met Susie* in 2021, everything seemed right, even though she’s an unemployed student. But she agreed to date him if he promised not to treat her as his dependant.
24-year-old Feyi* has been dating her boyfriend for six years. They met in 100 level in 2017 and survived university as a couple. In 2022, they have limited incomes, but Feyi is confident they’re set for a comfortable financial future. Read her #LoveCurrency
The topic of how young Nigerians navigate romantic relationships with their earnings is a minefield of hot takes. In this series, we get into what dating across income brackets is like in different Nigerian cities. Onome* is a 21-year-old polyamorous lover who spends recklessly on her partners because her love language is gift-giving. In this […]
After eight years in the streets, this 34-year-old oil and gas engineer finally settled down with his perfect match — where he’s a reckless spender, his wife is financially prudent. Now, he tells Zikoko how he’s enjoying married life on his ₦2.3m monthly income.
In 2018, 22-year-old Adanna* randomly travelled to Lagos to hook up with a Facebook friend and ended up cohabiting with him. She never returned home. Four years later, she tells Zikoko how she’s living with her partner in Yaba on a ₦500k monthly income.
In 2020, this 23-year-old went from millionaire to pauper, losing ₦2.1m to forex. He tells us how his girlfriend commanded him to leave his exes for her, and how they’re making their relationship work on a combined monthly income of ₦325k in 2022.
In 2021, this 29-year-old freelance writer recovered from a gambling addiction with the help of his lover. One year later, how is he managing a long-distance relationship with a single mother on a ₦300k salary?
Kingsley*, 28, is an Abuja-based lawyer who’s been in a serious relationship for over a year. How’s he holding down his relationship on his ₦180k monthly salary?
Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in: