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Hassan Yahaya

April 30, 2020

First, we asked you to identify the capitals of all 54 African countries, and you guys killed it. Then, we asked you to identify those same countries by their flags alone, and you struggled a bit. Then, we gave you the toughest one yet: matching African countries to their currencies. Now, we are back with presidents of African countries […]

April 28, 2020

“Money slow to enter, but money quick to go” – M.I These are the lyrics to one of the greatest songs to grace the Nigerian airways. It’s apt because everyone on some level can relate to a money struggle. Whether directly or indirectly. According to Marty Byrde – Money at its essence is a measure […]

April 27, 2020

Long before we had Burna boy or Mr. Eazi, we had songs with local spice. Even though they didn’t have the greatest lyrics, they made us dance. And some even had moral instructions for us. Part of me wishes we had the adult version of these songs that made childhood a lot more bearable. I […]

April 24, 2020

Style is acquired over time from repeatedly learning and watching stylish people. For men, not having at least one of these shoes in your wardrobe means a complete review of your fashion style. Here are some footwears to greatly improve any man’s style. 1) Brogues: This beauty has multipurpose functions. You can either wear it […]

April 24, 2020

A day in the life is a one-off Zikoko entry that chronicles what it means to hustle in Nigeria. Especially in professions that are misunderstood. Professions like witchcraft, sleep paralysis demons. We hope to understand what goes on behind the scenes. The subject for today is my sleep paralysis demon who tells me about the […]

April 22, 2020

Nigerian mothers are special. In so many wonderful ways. And one of the best ways is in the prayer aspect. Are you even Nigerian if your mum doesn’t end a call with one of these prayers? 1) Monday morning starter pack. 2) My jammm. 3) Desperate times call for desperate measures. 4) They monitor how […]

April 21, 2020

Two of the greatest things from my teenage years are watching a shit tonne of anime like One Piece, Bleach, Naruto. And listening to an unhealthy amount of Nigerian music. Not the cool ones. I am talking about “I am hotter than fire“, Hapuya like that and to cap it off, the legendary Pasa Pasa […]

April 21, 2020

“A Week In The Life” is a weekly Zikoko series that explores the working-class struggles of Nigerians. It captures the very spirit of what it means to hustle in Nigeria and puts you in the shoes of the subject for a week. The subject of today’s “A Week In The Life” is *Pelumi, a prison […]

April 15, 2020

1) Oleku. I am about to explode. 2) Mr Endowed. I am the kind of brother that your boyfriend wants to be. 3) One Naira. Hey princess I am so into you. Feeeels. 4) Ten over Ten. Things are not definitely not the same. Shikena. 5) Lori Le. If you know, you know. Especially that […]

April 15, 2020

I have observed a worrying pattern. Especially among my male friends. There seems to be a silent agreement to bear things quietly because the alternative is to suffer ridicule. As the lockdown progressed, I watched a lot of my friends consume copious amounts of stimulants to cope with the uncertainty ahead. Most recently, lay-offs at […]

April 15, 2020

The world may be on lockdown but it doesn’t mean that everything has come to a halt. If anything, the lockdown is forcing more companies to adopt online tools ensure that work continues smoothly. One of the implications is that instead of in-person interviews, we are seeing a shift to virtual interviews. This is stressful […]

April 14, 2020

Living in Lagos is stressful. Very stressful. It’s even three times more stressful under lockdown when you add the fear of getting robbed to the mix. Recently, some parts of Lagos have experienced a surge in crime rates and this has triggered a range of emotions in people. From sadness to anger, to helplessness. We […]

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