We asked five Nigerians to share their most expensive brush with adulting.
What does it mean to be a man? Surely, it’s not one thing. It’s a series of little moments that add up. “Man Like” is a weekly Zikoko series documenting these moments to see how it adds up. It’s a series for men by men, talking about men’s issues. We try to understand what it means […]
We can all agree that adulting is a scam. With the never-ending bills and responsibilities, we almost never have time for ourselves. So, for this article, we asked eleven African women what they would say to their 16-year-old self about growing up if they could go back in time Alex, 25 You are not as […]
Childhood was probably the peak of our lives. Free food, no rent, no responsibilities and plenty of fun. Until we were scammed into adulthood, which we all know is the absolute ghetto. Sometimes I wonder about the things I would bring back from my childhood if I could. 1. Naps. Remember how you had to […]
If there’s a mantra to your life, it is one thing: adulting is a scam. Big scam. I don’t know what it was that made it seem like being an adult was an epic trip, but it is a scam. We were had, took, hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok and flat-out deceived about adulting. […]
When it feels like the walls are closing in and adulthood is crushing you, remember one (or all) of these things. I hope they bring you some form of comfort. 1) Even though adulthood is a huge scam, remember that you can eat all the junk food you want. Remember all the times you wanted […]
There is huge potential to excel at being a professional procrastinator in everybody and if you are already one, this list will hit hard.
Just putting it out there: This is a work of fiction and in no way has any relationship to anyone whether living (me) or dead (me if my boss thinks this is a sub). That being said, follow this guide if you want to unlock level 100 in this adulting business. Type very loudly on […]
Everywhere I turn to; “How to be more productive”, ” The 4-hour workweek.”, “Deep work.” Everything seems geared towards making you some form of productivity machine that does the bidding of capitalism. No one caters to people like us who aren’t interested in all of these things and just want to sleep. People just trying […]
There are years you ask questions and years you answer them. Well, 2020 is the year of asking, and the major question I have is – How do I start a side hustle? See, if you are like me, chances are that before payday you are already so low on cash that if you forget […]
Rejections are tough whether it is a heartbreak, a job, or a scholarship. Regardless of the context, it’s a tough pill to swallow. However, there are some rejection letters that either surprise you or make you laugh just a little because of the response. Just putting it out there that if you laugh at another […]
“Congratulations, you got the job.” comes with its own brand of anxiety. That’s when imposter syndrome from your village people comes out to visit, asking questions like: “can you perform? how long before they discover that you are a fraud?” There are also other problems more work-related with a new 9-5, especially in Nigeria. So, […]
Working in a job you hate is a dark thing
Whenever we hear someone got a promotion at their place of work, our first instinct is to question ourselves and ask “what am I doing with my life?” Many times, the truth is that there are usually hidden costs associated with moving up in life. So, curious about the downside of getting ahead in life, […]
From all the congratulations we have had to say in recent times, it is obvious that many of us are getting married soon. In anticipation of all the adulting in front of us, one of the major issues we are going to face is the issue of genotype. These conversations can be awkward, so we […]
You probably liked falling sick when you were young. Maybe not the “stay-in-bed-until-you-get-better-part”, but you liked all the attention that came with it. You got a pass on almost everything, and more importantly, you got everything you wanted from your parents. You were probably even amused with how agitated they got seeing you down. You […]
The guy in this story is a 19-year-old graphic designer who lives in the office where he’s employed because living at home is not an option. He left home at 17 after a clash with his stepfather. The day I raised my fist to defend myself from the insults and continuous abuse of my stepfather […]
The 22-year-old man we spoke to this week is an accomplished sales manger. Getting there wasn’t easy. Still, with his history of low self-esteem and agoraphobia, characterised by bouts of anxiety and panic attacks when speaking to people or speaking in public, he’s somehow managing to breakthrough and record milestones I grew up in a […]
The young woman we spoke to this week feels like she turned out okay, but she knows she could have been in a better place if she mentally prepared for some of the things that happened as she became an adult. My life as a child revolved around the church. My parents were ministers in […]
“You know what’s even better than two heads? Three or four good heads thinking in the same direction.”
In certain cultures, adulting is marked with rituals, tests and celebrations. But when you’re Nigerian, adulting often comes at you without warning. Adulting comes in different forms; bills, family, responsibility, and you guessed it, a child. Everyone who’s crossed that bridge has a unique story. Stories that can help you see you’re not alone. That’s […]
What do you do when your father’s life is on the line and all hope rests on you? This guy chose a life of cybercrime.
Being an adult is hard sha.
When you are now an employed individual.
Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in: