The Secret Naira Life

Every week, Zikoko asks anonymous people to give us a window into their relationship with the Naira. Some will be struggle-ish, others will be boujee–but all the time, it’ll be revealing.
April 26, 2021

The 29-year-old guy in this story placed his first bet over a decade ago as a university student. At first, it was for the thrill. It quickly became a coping mechanism. Then an addiction. He thought he was in control but his debt profile and troubled relationships proved something else: He was not.  What’s your […]

March 15, 2021

The subject of this story first got published in 2004. A lot has happened since that time, and most of it is about employers and publishers not holding up to their end of the deal. Now he’s taking a crack at building his own publishing company. But how did he get here?  What’s your oldest […]

March 8, 2021

In 2016, this subject made a difficult but necessary decision to move to Nigeria from the UK where she was born and raised. How long did it take her to find her feet in the country? About four years? What made all the difference? Linkedin. What’s your oldest memory of money? That would be my […]

February 22, 2021

The guy in this story has two things going on for him: developing new skills and taking a leap of faith. The ultimate gamechanger for him, though, is a tech hub he joined at uni and a DM he got in 2020. What is your oldest memory of money? My dad always did this thing […]

January 18, 2021

This #NairaLife is the story of a medical student stuck in a loop that is the Nigerian education system. One day, he got some information that changed his life forever, and he went from being a dependent to a provider. This is how it all happened. Let’s start with the first time you worked for […]

December 28, 2020

What’s your oldest memory of money?  I was 5, and my mum gave me money to buy a crate of eggs – ₦1 coin. My own introduction to money was with coins, and this was in 1990. There was the 50 kobo coin. My boxed-up uncle used to give me whenever he visited.  What could […]

December 25, 2020

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. As we anticipate the 100th episode of the Nairalife series, here are 10 must-read episodes from the series: 1) The Firstborn Who’s Playing Breadwinner […]

December 21, 2020

When you rewind to the very very beginning, what’s your oldest memory of money? It’s definitely collecting Salah money at my grandparents’ house. Some people would willingly give me, and I’d tax some others.  Do you remember the first thing you ever did for money? Does washing snails for my aunty count? Anyway, I started […]

December 14, 2020

What’s your oldest memory of money? I was seven, and there was a housewarming party at my father’s new house. An uncle gave me ₦50 as per for being a good boy. Later that evening, an aunt asked me to lend her the money for her transport home. She’s never returned my money since then, […]

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