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What if she never took the walk?

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Funmi woke up on Tuesday morning to dress up for work, but this day was unlike every other. This was her last day at work and she felt a sense of utter relief and uncertainty. Relief because she had used the retirement lifestyle planner to walk into tomorrow and plan her future ahead of time, determined how much she needed to live a comfortable lifestyle at retirement and made additional voluntary contributions to match what her employer was remitting to her retirement saving. So, in that aspect, she was covered. Her uncertainty stemmed from the fact that she wasn’t sure…

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The awakening

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When the entire pandemic issue saturated the news and the lockdown came into effect, Folabi was devastated. Life’s worries and constant fear made him forget his plans for 2020 and laid aside his life goals. In January, Folabi had told his friends and family about proceeding to do his MBA in an Ivy league school abroad. He also had the plan of starting his side hustle and had started actively investing in these dreams. All these seemed like a pipe dream drowned by the current happenings as Folabi, out of fear, started to withdraw from his investment. Every single withdrawal…

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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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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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