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.
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Before November 2020, the most money the 27-year-old on this week’s #NairaLife had made was ₦100k from a scholarship. Then she found affiliate marketing and made ₦2m in a year. Today, she makes ₦160k as a lawyer but knows she’s going back to marketing.
What’s your earliest memory of money?
Helping my mum sell food at one of her shops. She’s a civil servant, but she took on side hustles — making food, pastries and beads — to support the family when my dad, who was also a civil servant, quit his job to venture into charcoal exporting. Things didn’t work out for him.
My mum was able to carry the burden of taking care of her four children well. We didn’t lack food, clothing or good education. Sometimes, she’d buy clothes for us and say it was our dad who bought them, just to keep things looking good in the family. She was so graceful at it that I knew I had to make my own money too. I even tried to start in JSS 3.
During the holiday after junior WAEC, I asked a neighbour who was a baker to teach me how to bake, and she was excited to. But my dad said no. My parents are big on their children staying home to read rather than doing business.
When I was in SS 3, I made jewellery with my mum’s beads and sold them to friends and neighbours for ₦500 each. That didn’t last long because I went to university in a different state, far away from Lagos.
What did you study?
Law. It would’ve been food and nutrition, but my dad’s late brother was a lawyer. He wanted one of…