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.
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, […]

November 30, 2020

This is #NairaLife, episode 96. What’s your oldest memory of money? I’d say not having a lot of it. My dad had money, but it did not seem that way. I felt we were poor. I remember back in secondary school, I had to wear worn-out shoes and bags, my uniforms were not anything to […]

November 23, 2020

What’s the first thing you ever did for money? I was writing my guy’s notes in secondary school. I didn’t even have complete notes for myself.  Haha. What were your going rates?  About ₦250 for the day’s notes, which was about six or so hours of classes.  Why did you do it?  I wanted more […]

November 9, 2020

What is the first thing you ever did for money?  Haha. Farming. The first thing I did was farming.  Do you remember the first money you made from farming? I farmed about three plots of land and harvested two bags of rice and sold it for no more than ₦4,000. This was around 2008, and […]

November 2, 2020

What’s your oldest memory of money? Haha, I know this question from Naira Life.  Hahaha, an OG.  I remember finding some money in my aunt’s purse. She had just relocated to London, and she left some naira in her bag. I think she forgot it. Anyway, my siblings and I took it and didn’t tell […]

October 19, 2020

Tell me about your oldest memory of money. Hmm, I didn’t acknowledge the existence of money till I was in secondary school. Prior to that, whatever I needed was always provided. I’m not saying that this changed in secondary school, but there was a stark difference between what my mates had and what I had. […]

September 28, 2020

Tell me about the day you knew something wasn’t right.  I woke up in the middle of the night feeling funny. I’d slept like two hours earlier, but something woke me up. I decided to check my blood pressure  – I’m hypertensive.  Wait, how old are you?  27 soon. Anyway, I checked my BP, and […]

August 31, 2020

This weeks’ #Nairalife was made possible by FCMB’s promise of quality medical care from the comfort of your home. Do you remember the first time someone called you rich and you were extremely triggered? My cousins in London. For some reason, their step mum painted an exaggerated version of our family to them. They genuinely thought […]

August 24, 2020

This weeks’ #Nairalife was made possible by FCMB’s promise of quality medical care from the comfort of your home. Let’s start from when you were tiny.  I used to help my mum at her store where she sold perfumes. Then she opened another store for kid’s clothing in the city we lived in.  What city?  Delta. […]

August 10, 2020

Let’s start in the trenches. When did you first feel like you were in a hole? That must have been when I was in Uni. I wanted to study Medicine, but it wasn’t working out. I tried going abroad, gained admission, but my parents didn’t have money to pay. So, I just settled for one […]

August 3, 2020

The Nairalife was pulled off in partnership with FCMB. Get started with a Personal Business Account for as low as ₦5,000 here! When did life first show you the importance of money?  I think I’m on that journey. I try to resist the urge to believe money is more than what it is: an exchange […]

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