10 Different People In Nigeria and How They Make Their Money In 2023 Despite The Hardships In The Country

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The hardship in Nigeria is excruciating but many youths have survived it and we’re here to present to you the 10 ways they did it.

Money is an essential aspect of modern-day life, and it’s no secret that people across the world are constantly searching for ways to earn more of it. In Nigeria, the youth are no exception, as they too are faced with the challenges of making a decent living.

Unfortunately, in their quest for wealth, many young Nigerians resort to dubious and illegal means of making money, which often leads to dire consequences. It’s important to note that while money is crucial, it must be earned rightly, and this is a message that needs to be emphasized to Nigerian youth.

In this blog post, TheDistin will delve into some of the ways Nigerian youth make money and why some of these methods are dangerous and unsustainable. We’ll also explore some legitimate avenues that young Nigerians can explore to earn an honest living and build a successful future.

Shot of a young businessman using a mobile phone late at night in a modern office.
Source: Washington Post

1. Working-class people

The working class refers to a socio-economic group of people who are typically employed in manual or low-skilled jobs that involve physical labor or routine tasks. These individuals typically earn wages or salaries and do not have control over the means of production.

The working class is often considered to be a part of the larger middle class, which includes those who are employed in more skilled or professional jobs but earn lower incomes than those in the upper class. Members of the working class may include factory workers, construction workers, retail workers, service industry employees, and other blue-collar workers.

These are the ones who are free and always busy during weekdays. In fact, if you text them and they do not respond don’t get mad because their bosses are on their necks.

They’re also known as the 9-5 workers. These individuals work traditional office hours, typically from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. These are the standard working hours for many companies and organizations, and 9-5 workers are typically employed in white-collar jobs, such as administrative roles, customer service positions, or office-based professions. The term “9-5 worker” is often used to distinguish those who work standard office hours from individuals who work unconventional schedules, such as shift workers, freelancers, or those who work in industries that operate outside of regular business hours, like the hospitality or healthcare industries.

Berby_Picxy is a Nigerian TikTok influencer.
Source: Instagram

2. Social media Influencers

Lately, there have been a lot of social media influencers. These are the people who have huge followings across social media platforms. This is not gender-based, males and females can be among these people. This means they must always have internet access and a data bundle because they must upload what they are known for.

They make their money from the adverts they do for companies and brands who contact them to get their products to reach their audience.

Some influencers make sizable salaries in a month and it has come to stay now that everyone uses the internet and are always on social media platforms.

Source: Benjamin Dada

3. Technology/programmers

And there come our tech bros. The ones who always use the terms ‘Python data’, and ‘Python code’ as if they are referring to snakes.

Programmers are individuals who write, test and maintain software programs using various programming languages. They are responsible for creating software applications, developing websites, designing databases, and building computer systems. Programmers can work in various industries, including technology, finance, healthcare, education, and entertainment.

Programmers typically make money through their employment, either as full-time employees or as contractors. They can work for software development companies, tech startups, or large corporations that have in-house software development teams. Programmers can also work as freelancers, offering their services to clients on a project-by-project basis. In this case, they negotiate their rates and can earn money based on the complexity and scope of the project they are working on.

The amount of money programmers make can vary depending on factors such as their level of experience, the industry they work in, and the geographic location of their employer or clients. However, programming is generally considered to be a lucrative profession, with many programmers earning competitive salaries and benefits. Additionally, skilled and experienced programmers can often earn even more by working on high-profile or complex projects that require specialized knowledge or expertise.

Femi Otedola with his daughter.
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4. The D-Bees

These are the people who will never suffer again in their life. Whenever they encounter any small issue, they just pick up their phones and make calls to their parents and uncles, and boom, whatever they are asking for will be granted.

Were you around when Femi Otedola gifted all his daughters a Lamborghini each? Yes, these are the D-Bees I’m referring to.

People like Davido, and DJ Cuppy, just to mention a few will never suffer even if their careers fail them because their fathers have made generational wealth that their children will even benefit from.

Chai, I wish am a D-Bee right now.

5. The Business people/ Investors

Do you mostly hear people saying “My container is coming” and “My container is delayed”? These comrades have money enough to feed half of their family members unless they’re not wicked.

Most of these people have rich backgrounds and are making good use of their privileges.

6. The Online workers; YouTubers, Forex Traders, etc

Working online varies in ways. Some are into digital trading (like cryptocurrency, and bitcoin), dropshipping, YouTube, and forex trading just to mention a few.

A lot of people are becoming YouTubers these days, like, aren’t you surprised?

YouTubers make money primarily through advertising revenue generated by their YouTube channel. They earn money from ads that are displayed on their videos, with the amount earned depending on factors such as the number of views and clicks on the ads. YouTubers can also earn money through sponsorships, merchandise sales, and affiliate marketing.

Forex traders make money by buying and selling currencies on the foreign exchange market. They aim to profit from changes in exchange rates between currencies by speculating on which direction the rate will move. Forex traders can make money by buying a currency when it is undervalued and selling it when it becomes more valuable, or by selling a currency when it is overvalued and buying it back when the value decreases. Forex traders can also use leverage to amplify potential gains, but this comes with an increased risk of losses. Forex traders can work for themselves or for a financial institution, such as a bank or investment firm, and they earn money through commissions or spreads on their trades.

7. The God will provide people

These are the overly Christians who are waiting on God to help them amass wealth. Their popular slogan is “God’s time is the best”. Of course, God is the ultimate and can make a way but cmon! For this, I would advise these types of people to get a real job and add God to it.

8. The Gamblers

You definitely have a friend who is always checking Live Scores to see if his or her predicted teams won. Or have you known of this one person who is always calculating numbers from 1 to 90 to get that lucky 3 numbers to win a lottery? Well, all of these are gamblers.

Gambling is popular for several reasons, including the potential to win large sums of money, the excitement and thrill of taking risks, and the social aspect of gambling. Many people enjoy the challenge of predicting outcomes and the sense of control that comes with making informed bets.

Soccer betting, in particular, is popular because it combines the excitement of sports with the possibility of winning money. Betting on soccer matches can be an enjoyable way to follow the sport, and the various betting options available allow for a range of betting strategies and risk levels.

Other sporting activities also lend themselves well to gambling, with betting options available for everything from horse racing and boxing to basketball and football. In many cases, the thrill of betting on a sporting event can add an extra layer of excitement to watching the event itself.

However, it’s important to note that gambling can also have negative consequences, including the potential for addiction and financial loss. It’s essential to approach gambling with caution, set limits on betting, and seek help if necessary.

9. The Scammers

Scamming, particularly the infamous ‘Nigerian scam’, is unfortunately popular in Nigeria for several reasons. One of the primary reasons is the high unemployment rate, which forces many young people to look for alternative means of making a living. Scammers often target vulnerable individuals in developed countries, offering them the chance to make easy money in exchange for their own personal information or initial investment. Additionally, the lack of effective law enforcement and the prevalence of corruption in Nigeria makes it easier for scammers to operate without fear of prosecution.

Another reason why scamming is popular in Nigeria is the cultural emphasis on wealth and success. In many parts of Nigerian society, there is a great deal of respect and admiration for those who are perceived to be successful or wealthy, and this can lead some individuals to take extreme measures to achieve these goals. Scammers often flaunt their ill-gotten gains, which can attract others who are similarly motivated by the desire for quick riches.

Overall, the prevalence of scamming in Nigeria is a complex issue that is tied to broader social and economic factors. While efforts have been made to combat the problem, including increased regulation and law enforcement, the allure of easy money and the lack of viable alternatives means that scamming is likely to remain a persistent issue in Nigeria for the foreseeable future.

10. Hookup

Recently, we published an article about the 10 sex-free countries. If you’re into hookups, check these out.

These people work in the evening and their popular slogan is ‘night or short’. They ask every customer these questions in their slogan form to be able to charge them.

A hookup refers to a casual sexual encounter between two people who are not in a committed relationship. It typically involves little or no emotional attachment or expectation of a long-term relationship.

Hookups have become more common and accepted in recent years, particularly among young adults. This may be due in part to the changing attitudes towards sex and relationships in modern society, as well as the prevalence of dating apps and social media, which make it easier to connect with potential partners.

Hookups can be appealing to some people because they offer a low-pressure way to explore one’s sexuality without the commitment and expectations of a traditional romantic relationship. They can also be a way to satisfy sexual desires and fulfill fantasies.

However, it’s important to note that hookups can also have negative consequences, including the risk of sexually transmitted infections and the potential for emotional harm. It’s essential to practice safe sex and to communicate openly and honestly with partners about expectations and boundaries.


There are numerous ways Nigerian youths make money this century. FYI, this is an entertainment article and we’re not encouraging anyone to go into gambling, scamming, and being hookup queens. While we’re asking all our readers to avoid the last four points, we’d encourage you into being any one of the first 6 people.