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ASK SADE (November 2019)

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November Dear Sade, My son who is 34 years old called to tell me that his wife of 2 years is encouraging him to write his Will. I’ve tried to wrap my head around it. I, his father who is 70 have not written a Will and this young woman is telling my son to. Should I be worried? My wife is already painting scary scenarios that cause us to suspect our daughter-in-law who has by the way been nothing but good to us. Please reply. Thank you. Mr. Anthony from Port Harcourt   ANSWER Dear Mr. Anthony, I can…

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Three fun ways to make the midterm break a memorable one for the children

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The midterm break is near and school children will soon be home to take a short rest from all academic activities. If you are a parent/guardian, the mid term break provides you with an opportunity to spend some quality time with your child/ward To help you make this midterm break a memorable one for your child/ward, we have some fun activities that you can engage in together. Painting: Most Children love to experiment with colors. Allow your child/ward to express his or her inner creativity by providing him or her with painting and drawing materials. With proper guidance and monitoring,…

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No time like now

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Yippee, Pay Day is here again! Any plans for your money yet? Perhaps bills to sort, items to purchase, investment to fund, Black Friday to save towards and oh, how can we forget Christmas shopping ahead of the festivities or even travel plans… Don’t forget the importance of planning, prioritizing and budgeting in the scheme of things. Remember to: Only buy what you need during the Black Friday sales Sort your important bills Make your Christmas shopping list now Book your flight/bus ticket now before fares get hiked Put some money in your investment a.k.a emergency fund Give yourself a…

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Mr. Extrovert 2

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My name is Ezekiel but my friends call me ‘Zeek’. I’m the typical extrovert and life of the party because life is too short to be anything by friendly and happy. You only live once mehn. Getting back from my two-year working stint with a bank in the USA, I needed something fun and lively to do for a living. That’s how I started propositioning some advertising companies in Lekki and finally, after shocking the guys over there with my ‘mad’ graphic designing skills plus the fact that I had an accent, I landed a fun job with a juicy…

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The Lady Who’s Winging It On A ₦171k Salary

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Every week, Zikoko seeks to understand how people move the Naira in and out of their lives. Some stories will be struggle-ish, others will be bougie. All the time, it’ll be revealing. This week’s story pulled off in collaboration with Payday Investor. Before you start to make plans about your next salary, click here. First money you earned ever? I think it was in secondary school. We made earrings in school with beads, and then we sold it on Open Day, that felt nice. Also, my mum owned a restaurant, and I’d help her with work. But my first proper earning was…

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Baby, I’ve lost my job!

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Bisola was in the kitchen when her husband, Ken returned from work. She heard him open the door and the children greet him, but he didn’t pop into the kitchen to hug her from behind as was his usual greeting. She knew something must be wrong. Wiping her wet hands on the towel hanging from the rack, Bisola took off her apron and made for the bedroom to see Ken. She found him sitting on the bed with head on his palms. She sat quietly beside him and placed an arm on his shoulder before asking “Baby, is everything alright?”…

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Ask Sade About Trusts: My Daughter is Afraid my Younger Fiancé is a Gold Digger

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I’ve found love for the first time really, and we just got engaged. Thing is, he is a bit younger than me and earns less than I do. My daughter has expressed her concern at my choice, saying my fiancé may be a gold digger and could take over all I have worked hard for, leaving us with nothing. What do I do to assure my daughter that she won’t suffer financially if I marry him? Dear Shade, I had a baby when I was 15 and this child has been my world. When everyone turned their backs, I worked hard to fend for…

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Bills? Over ₦6 Million/Year. Income? She Has No Clue

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The woman in this Naira Life story is 32 and loves the finest comforts of life. Get to know her. When was the first time you understood money? Ah, I think it was that time when I realised that having the money for something is not the same as having the money for something – if that makes any sense. It does. I’m listening. My family was on vacation in the States, and my dad had this thing where everyone gets their own spending money, depending on your age. So I still had some money, and I wanted to buy…

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Her Last Salary Was ₦360k, now she wants ₦1 million

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The lady in this story has worked in digital media (creative industry) for almost a decade. But she’s convinced that she’s just getting started. This is her story. When was the first time you knew what money was? It has to be that time I wanted to travel to the UK. Now I was living with a cousin who travelled frequently – and everyone had money to travel. My cousin was like, ah ahn, don’t you want to go? Somehow, I ended up going with her – but only after asking uncles and aunties to chip in. And even when…

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This 70-year-old Woman Sacrificed Every Kobo For One Goal

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Today’s story is about a Septuagenarian. She’s done everything from secretarial work to hospitality, and trade. All of this with one goal; to give the best life possible for her kids. This conversation happened in Yoruba, and this is an attempt at translating it to English, all without losing the yorubaness. Tell me about your first job. I worked at the Health Department of the Lagos City Council. I started working there in 1969, and I was 20 at the time – that’s when I got married. My salary was £16 and we used to get a Danger Allowance, because…

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