Katumu Adasi: How to survive in Nigeria without a job
It is well known that Nigeria is a difficult place to live especially for those without a job, so in this post, you will learn how to survive in Nigeria even without a penny job.
Nigeria’s economy was hit with recession in 2016 making things hard for the citizens, hike in the prices of foodstuff, fuel, and other daily needs.
Despite the high cost of living in Nigeria, some people are still surviving against all odds.
Nigeria 2016 Recession
Nigeria fell into recession during the second quarter of 2016 after the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) dropped by 2.06 percent between April and June.
Nigeria witnessed two consecutive quarters of negative growth which caused the recession.
According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the oil industry was hit by weaker global prices. 70 percent of Nigeria’s government income comes from crude oil.
The crude oil price fell from $112 per barrel in 2014 to $50 and below in 2016.
During this recession, the majority of Nigerians were suffering because of hunger, no money, prices of goods were high.
Meanwhile, some people were still living comfortably despite the situation. That’s why I want to teach you how to survive in Nigeria.
Coronavirus outbreak started in December 2019, in Wuhan, a city in China.
COVID-19 spreads around the world causing global pandemics and making people suffer.
Due to the spread of the deadly diseases, the nationwide lockdown was announced in some countries with Nigeria included.
The COVID-19 lockdown caused severe hunger and hardship in Nigeria. Workers stopped going to work, people lost their jobs, the price of foodstuff went high that some households couldn’t afford a two-square-meal not to talk of three straight.
Meanwhile, lots of people were surviving and living good lives during the lockdown period. It all depends on what you do for a living.
How to survive in Nigeria
Let’s get to the business of the day which is how you are going to survive in this country despite the challenges.
Imagine if you have two to three different income streams, there is no way you will be affected by the hardship in Nigeria.
To survive in Nigeria, you need to learn digital skills. We all know that the world has gone digital with technology taking over, so you need to take advantage of technology for good.
Top 5 Skills needed to survive in Nigeria
Below are few skills you need to acquire to be making money while you are in your room, even if the government announced another phase of lockdown it won’t affect you.
Blogging is a lucrative online business that you can start and make money. Many people claim the industry is saturated but new blogs emerge every day and they are still making progress.
The truth is, your blogging journey may be slow if you don’t have any idea about what you are doing.
People mistake blogging to be those publishing news and music only.
If you are a doctor you can start a health blog, if you are a farmer you can start an agriculture blog. It all depends on what you have an idea about so you can be free to share your experience and ideas with your audience.
Requirements to start a blog
- Laptop or smartphone
- Internet connection
- Web Hosting
Get the above requirements set and your blog will be up and running.
If you don’t have an idea of how to start, you can contact a professional webmaster to help set up the blog for you.
- Information Marketing
If you want to make money online, then try information marketing. It is one of the simplest means of making money.
Information marketing is the act of selling useful information using digital media.
You can sell the information in digital mediums such as eBooks, video courses. All you have to do is compile your information and start selling.
Make sure your information is helpful. You can make the course both video and eBook and people will be glad to buy just to get the information they need.
You can start information marketing with your phone and internet connection only. And always make sure you add value to your course.
- Social Media Management
This is one means of making money that people overlooked here in Nigeria.
You can use your phone to manage social media channels for hotels, business ventures, politicians, churches, celebrities and get paid.
All you need to do is write a good proposal and state your skills, qualifications, and the benefits of what you will be doing, then submit it to the organization or personality of your choice and wait for their reply.
Your job as social media manager is to handle the day to day social media activities of the company or person you are working with.
If you want to survive in Nigeria, this is an easy opportunity to grab. You don’t need to be techy to be able to this successful, all you need is your phone and the ability to write good English.
Dropshipping is an online business where the seller accepts customer orders without having the goods in stock but in a form of a supply chain.
It is no doubt that drop shipping is a less expensive online business that is highly lucrative.
You can start dropshipping with your phone or laptop, set-up your online store although you don’t need to have the goods in your stock.
The retailer transfers the orders and shipping details to the wholesaler or manufacturer who will then ship the goods to the customer.
- Graphic Design
Graphic design is a skill that will keep bringing in money despite the economy of the country.
Learn graphic design, become a professional and make yourself known within your area and on social media, then you will start having clients.
With this skill, you don’t need to wake up in the morning, make haste to get to the office. You just need to make your money in your room.
The job of a graphic designer is to design logos, flex banners, brochures, and lots of branding.
The good news is graphic design has been made easier with some mobile applications which means you can use your smartphone to do amazing designs.
What you must not do
While they are skills that you will depend on for survival, There are things you shouldn’t think of doing.
No matter your condition, don’t make the mistake of joining fraudsters.
Even if you are broke, don’t scam people, let your hustle be clean. Make legit money.
If you want to make money, make sure you are making legit money so you won’t be on the run.
Check Forbes Magazine, you won’t see anyone who is a fraudster. The idea is not to defraud people of their money but to hustle and build an empire.
I believe you have learned how to survive in Nigeria even without a job. And the important thing is the skills highlighted above are less expensive to start.
In this 21st century, you don’t need to go learn a skill that is not digital because almost everything in the world is going digital.
So get a digital skill of your choice among the ones listed or you can also go for the skills not listed in this guide as long as you find the skill useful.
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About the Author:
Katumu Adasi is a digital marketer and blogger at Gist Flare, with passion for writing, entertainment and enjoy listening to good music.
PS: This post is nonfiction
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