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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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The Entrepreneur Betting On A $20 Billion Industry From His Quiet Town

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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. When was the first time you made any money? That’s an interesting question because I didn’t make money until I was in my final year at school. I had this friend that cared very little about money, and life, so he drank a lot. But he was a…

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A tale of the triplets

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Jude, Jeff and Jaime were born on the same day to the same mother, looked almost the same, grew in the same household yet they were vastly different as black is to white. Jude was an incredible optimist. He was that man who believed that there was something good in every situation. He expected awesome things to happen for him and they did. He often joked that it was for him that the word ‘luck’ was invented. The man who was willing to live life to the fullest, take chances and learn from any mistakes whatsoever. Jaime was the indifferent…

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#ILoveMyFamily: This Landlord Wahala Must Stop!

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We left our former place because the Landlord insisted we pay two years rent in advance at the expiration of our first year’s rent. We couldn’t afford it. I went to his house to plead but he said we pay or move out of his property. He was so arrogant and insulting. I left his place and went home to meet my wife, Chidinma. When I narrated my ordeal to my wife, she was furious. It dawned on us that it was high time we started making plans to own a house – the way most Landlords treat tenants in…

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Don’t be like Uncle Jimoh

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The moment I crossed that finish line and felt the coldness of the medal as it was hung around my neck, I felt truly victorious. When 2018 began, I had pledged to be a healthier version of myself, get serious with investing, get married and begin planning my retirement. The latter was informed by my uncle’s heart-attack on his 65th birthday which the doctor relayed was partly due to his hard work and little or no rest. You see, Uncle Jimoh had retired but had to keep working at a Primary School to make ends meet. His children could have…

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30 and ready to Will it

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I didn’t think I would come this far so soon. 10 years ago, I was just a starry-eyed girl, fresh from university looking for her place in the world. What is now my chain of stores began like child’s play. My first job was as a front desk executive at a consulting firm. Many of the well paid big girls in the office could not resist complementing my dress sense. They found it amazing that I could pull of magazine cover type of looks on my entry level salary. I knew all the hot spots for good clothes, the will…

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