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10 Ways to Make Money From Music in Nigeria (Upcoming Artists)

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Are you an upcoming artist but wanna know how you can make money from music in Nigeria? You’re reading the right content that will serve you well especially if you’ve been searching for any of these keywords:

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I bet you already knows that entertainment industry in Nigeria is a very lucrative industry among others.. From movies to comedy, showbiz, radio and TV etc. According to recent reliable statistics, Music industry is the best performing industry across all other sectors in the country.

But you know what?

The competition is getting hotter everyday, making it somehow tedious to make your name (or stage-name) a well-know brand not to talk of making money as a musician in Nigeria.

Although the industry may not have lived up to expectations (to many upcoming artists outside there), but to be since, we’ve seen reasonable improvement in the industry across the globe. We have made our stand strong on world’s map.

You may have noticed that Nollywood movies are gradually getting better, music videos are now of high quality and many more, thanks to technology!

Amongst all industries in the entertainment sector, the music industry comes second to movie industry and that would be our topic but more specifically the aspect of making money especially for upcoming artists in Nigeria.

But you may be asking….

Can I really Make Money from Music in Nigeria as an upcoming artists?

The answer is YES! You can make some money  as an upcoming artists in Nigeria and at the same time, get more famous.

The reason is that; music is one good art that pays a lot, and the good part of being a musician it avails various opportunities of making money to you.  The likes of Wizkid, Davido, 2face, Dbanj, Patoranking etc. are good examples of how lucrative the music industry in Nigeria is.

Apart from buying disks in the market, these superstars in the Nigeria’s music industry makes heavy money.

To be sincere with you, these artists doesn’t rely much on selling disks. You know people from ALABA Market can make 30-in-1 music videos and sell at the rate of N150.

Do you think that’s how WIZKID get millions from these 150 Naira? I’m sure you understand what I’m trying to say.

Right now, the problem is how can an artist make money from music in Nigeria even with that tag “upcoming”?

I’ll be answering that question alongside other helpful tips for musicians. Please join me as I take you through the nitty-gritties of making money from music in Nigeria.

Top Ways to Make Money from Music in Nigeria

  1. Record a hit song

The first thing you need to get started with before thinking of making money from your music in Nigeria is to work on a hit song, also known as “banger”.

Take enough time to compose a meaningful song that will woo people’s attention. Try to do market research before coming to a conclusion.

This is what I mean by doing market research; take a look at what’s going on in your environment, jump to popular social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, check your newsfeed on Opera Mini, UC browser or other News aggregator app and ask yourself: Which or what type of song is trending and people will like to hear at this moment?

I’m not saying you should copy someone else. But you need to go with the flow to make money from music in Nigeria.

BUT If you got a unique style to give out, don’t hesitate to let it out.

Remember Naija musicians like Adekunle Gold, Kiss Daniel, Teni, Fireboy DML, the current street princes; Zlatan ibile and NairaMarley all rose to fame and money making artists with a UNIQUE but hit record.

  1. Market or Promote Your Music in Nigeria

There’s no way you will hear about Wizkid, Olamide, Burna Boy and other top musicians in Nigeria if they have not made enough sacrifices to get song heard.

Yes, they have spent some years working in studio, telling bloggers to help them hype their songs, giving DJs money to help them air their songs and so on….. This is a compulsory sacrifice for any artist aspiring to make money singing in Nigeria.

It baffles me if I look at average upcoming artists in Nigeria who keep releasing good songs but can’t help their own ministry. Is it because they’re stingy, too poor, lack self-esteem or not really serious about the said career?

If you want to make it big, you need to pay for it.

You can promote your music in Nigeria by:

  • social media
  • radio promotion
  • DJ mixtapes
  • and so on

Read this helpful article on how to promote your songs in Nigeria for more ideas to get your hard work appreciated.

  1. Selling Your Music in Nigeria

This is a no brainer! You don’t need to be told about this, but if you don’t know how to go about it, I’ll let you know.

So you spent a lot of money in the studio cooking up this great jam and probably a dope video to go with it. How do you make those huge sums back and get much profit?

The first step to sell your music and make money in Nigeria is to get connected with trusted marketers.

There are lots of people in the entertainment industry whose their  job is to market products from music to video, movies and all products of entertainment. Getting to know them will help your course.

You will get to meet these marketers by networking with other artists ‘who are doing better than you’ and they connect you with some of the best in the business. Armed with this information, you can go on to sell your music to a wide variety of audience.

Another resource you should is the media houses, more especially radio stations.

It doesn’t take much, with a little sum, you can visit any of the local radio stations, they’ll like to listen to it and if they do and find it worthy of airplay, get ready, your song is about to hit many homes will increase the demand for your song.

But hey, we need to go digital in order to fasten the processes of making money as an upcoming artist in Nigeria. I mean, we need to take the market to the global village, the “internet”.

I’m sure superstars in Nigeria and all parts of the world earn most of their money through the internet. You can also do the same.

I’m sure you will be thinking…….

Where to Sell Your Music Online in Nigeria?

  • Spotify.com
  • itunes.com
  • Amazon.com
  • Spinlet.com
  • Soundcloud.com

And many more but these 5 digital music stores are available for any smart upcoming artist to make hefty income in Nigeria. Try accessing the website addresses in a browser and sign up as publisher.

You know what? I can help you get your songs on these digital platforms only if you’re ready to pay for the service. if you’re interested, contact me here or WhatsApp me: 080 6886 6068.

  1. Start a YouTube Channel

You’re missing out big time if you don’t have a personal or a brand YouTube channel for your songs.

If you understand how YouTube works, I know you’ll be thinking that how can you make money as an upcoming artist in Nigeria with this video streaming platform.

Especially when you have no music video…..

Isn’t it surprising?

Well, this is how you can make money from music in Nigeria through a good YouTube channel if you’re an upcoming artist;

Start and set up a YouTube channel now, get a video editor or any body who can mix video using apps or software on laptop.

Now, choose a trending music video like “Wo!” by Olamide.

After that, record a cover song for the track that blends exactly with the beat and tell your video editor to mix the original Olamide video with your own cover song.

Give it a name like “Olamide ft (You) – Wo! Remix” and finally upload to your YouTube channel.

Note that I’m using Olamide’s Wo! as a specimen here. You can use any songs that fit your genre but make sure it’s hot and trending.

In my recent research, such tactics will definitely work because Nigeria’s people like entertainment a lot. I know of a YouTube channel that do something exactly like this and get hundred thousands of views.

You don’t need to be doing cover always, you can mix like 5 best video music together and upload or record a review about a particular song.

Now, I know you’ll be asking that….

Will YouTube Really Earn Me Money in Nigeria?

Yes, you can earn millions of naira from YouTube. This is how;

When you’ve reached a certain milestone of views and subcribers, you’ll then apply for Adsense and if you’re approved, YouTube will start displaying ads on your channel, from it you’ll start making money.

BUT note that the more views, the more money you’ll earn.

So, what are you waiting for? Start a YouTube channel today!

I can set up a professional YouTube account for you but only if you’re ready to pay for the service. if you’re interested, contact me here or WhatsApp me: 080 6886 6068.

  1. Song Writing

As a musician, you don’t have to sing songs always you’d have to diversify and songwriting is a good way to do this. Most music artists in Nigeria, the top among them do write songs for other artists and they do make money from it.

Songwriting doesn’t require much, in fact you just need you pen and paper or since we’re in a digital era, you could use a PC to write.

Top artists, like Mr Songs and Perruzi are among the many artists who have established themselves as top music writers in the Nigeria music sphere.

If you could write a song that make it among the hits, be ready coz more offers from top artists awaits you. You can even pitch them yourself.

It’s not that easy to get noticed by these superstars. But remember your goal to make money from music in Nigeria.

Let this goal pushes you to chase your dream as a songwriter. Get along with popular DJs and musicians related to your songs on Instagram.

  1. Get a Website or Blog

This is now getting more serious and important, don’t you think so?

Personally, I’m a blogger as you can easily guess reading this article and also, I have a seperate business website where I showcase my services (website design, blog setup, SEO, freelance writing etc..) and my previous job done.

This blog and my business website fetch me some bucks from ads, sponsored posts and getting clients interested in my services.

You can also use the same strategy to make money from music.

You can do this in two ways;

The first way is to become a music blogger. If you’re an upcoming artist, you can start blogging about latest music in Nigeria including yours.

This will let  you build your fanbase and be of great help to your career. It will become easier to do two things at a time; that is, getting huge traffic to download your songs and making money in the process.

The second way is to build a personal website for your music career only.

You can make money from this personal website if your performances and songs are recognized. People like individuals, brand and company will try to contact you for promotion deal.

For instance, Zenith Bank is currently using Emma Oh My God, a comedian turned singer as their promotional ambassador because of his uniqueness and passion in him.

Either the first or the second way, you can definitely make money from Music in Nigeria by having a website or blog.

Note that, I can help you set up a professional music blog or website for your career only if you’re ready to pay for the service. if you’re interested, contact me here or WhatsApp me: 080 6886 6068.

  1. Live Performance

Doing a live performance is one superb way to sell yourself out to a much greater audience with lots of top personalities in Nigeria. You never know who’s watching, what you’ll find out is that live show sells you out to even those who are not much of a music freak.

Performing at a live show shouldn’t be a big deal, if you’ve got the vibes, the audience will flow along with you. You don’t need to host a live show, seeing that you’re not financially bouyant, you just need to make yourself available for top musicians who will be hosting theirs and from there you can shoot your shot.

But if you’re willing to venture into it, go on and host yours  , be prepared to pay top stars who will be participating.

P.S. Ever heard of ‘stealing the show‘ you should do this if you can. Imagine hearing your name all over the place after a live performance, feels so good… right? It doesn’t just feel good, it’s a sign that the people are beginning to fall in love with you, in no time your music sales would skyrocket!

Performing live is a good way to make money from music in Nigeria and you should explore that part, your fans want to see you, feel you, to know you’re the real deal.

The top artists you see today do perform at live shows, parties and other events that fetch them money when they’re not in the studio.

  1. Join a record label!

I know is quite difficult to gain the attention of a good record label in Nigeria, yes it is.

But if you really want to make money from music in Nigeria, and also advance your career, then joining a record label is advisable. You may have heard stories in recent times linking the success of some musicians to their record label, those stories are quite true.

Today, there are lots of record labels available to join, you can choose one by doing what will amaze or impress record label owners.

A good example is REMA who gained the attention of D’Prince, Don Jazzy’s brother and today he’s a rising young star in Nigeria’s music industry under the umbrella of Mavins Records.

Another one which you may know is that of Olamide who signed like 2 artists (Yomi Blaze and Picazo Rhap) after seeing their amazing freestyles on Instagram.

Do something amazing and interesting, try to gain attention from record label’s owners, sign the written contract which should contain certain terms and conditions — in case of doubt ask for more explanation on what may not be clear to you. They’ve been stories about contract misunderstanding and you don’t want that to happen to you.

Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’ja, Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold all rose to fame after joining a record label.

Even, Olamide was from Codedtunes, Wizkid from Empire Music Mates (EME) and so on…

Bro, you need a successful record label to make money from music in Nigeria.

  1. Distribute Your Songs Online in Nigeria

Okay, you’ve started going through the processes of getting your song heard and paid.

But now, we want to automate another process where you’ll get your songs on both local and digital platforms for either free or paid download… We can achieve this by using the right music distribution companies in Nigeria.

Music distribution companies allows musicians, record labels owners, music bloggers to signup, upload and publish their music for sale (and/or for free).

If you choose the right network to help you distribute your music in Nigeria, then you’ll make money.

So now, let me tell you some of the best DONs in the music distributing business in Nigeria..

Top List of Music Distribution Companies in Nigeria to Make Money

 

  • MTN Music Plus – MtnOnline.com/MP
  • www.FreeMeDigital.com
  • SonoSuite.com
  • www.SepulChralSilence.com
  • Muyora.com
  • www.destinyrecordsnigeria.com/distribution/
  • TuneAfrique.com
  • fresible.com/music-distribution
  • https://www.jtvdigital.com/
  • www.songcastmusic.com/‎

 

And many more…

As said earlier, these companies will help you distribute your song to music stores and in returns, you’ll make money.

But note that making money depends on you and the type of your music..

If your music is good and you market it well, people will buy it.

  1. COQ (Consistency, Originality, Quality)

I’ll start first with consistency, a concise look into top music stars one would discover that they are known for a particular genre of music.

You may have heard of the saying ‘jack of all trades, master of none‘! It’s also applicable to the music world. You need to decide on one style of music and stick to it, so when you think about that genre, they’ll think of you. Michael Jackson is known as the ‘king of pop’, it didn’t happen by fluke, he was consistent with his style.

Next is originality. You can’t be someone else, trying to sing like other artists isn’t advisable. As a musician, you should see yourself as a brand and try as much as you can to promote that brand.

And lastly….

Quality! People one to listen to good music, music is sometimes prescribed as a non-oral drug that soothes the mind.

You don’t need to release songs on a weekly, one quality song that will hit played across the country will fetch you good money. Anything worth doing, is worth doing well, keep dropping quality hits and you’ll keep making money from music in Nigeria.

Rounding Off – How to Make Money from Music in Nigeria

Getting your career in music started in Nigeria might be difficult due to high saturation of musicians. For this reason, I’ve dropped some helpful insights for upcoming artists on making money from music in Nigeria, I hope its been worthwhile so far?

Don’t forget to contact me for any digital services, I’m ready to help. In fact, I can be your visual assistant to set everything mentioned here. All you need is to use your money and send me to go ahead. WhatsApp me Now: 080 6886 6068

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      How To Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria – (10 Easy Steps)

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      Have you ever want to launch your own logistics business in Nigeria but don’t know how to start or what exactly to do? I’m going to show you an easy and practical approach to starting a profitable logistics or delivery business in the country.

      Do you know that some businesses are complementary to others? Yes, they work for the benefit of both businesses. And in this age of the Internet, the tendency to shop online continues to increase as the days go by, hence, the need for a complementary service, that’s a service to fulfill the deliveries.

      Logistics or delivery business in Nigeria or any place in the world is not ending soon because almost all e-commerce business owners or companies are now on the internet and they need a logistics company to help bridge the gap between the end of the buyers.

      Just in case you don’t know much about the logistics business, below is a quick explanation;

      Understanding How Logistics Business Work

      In a business sense, logistics aid the movement of goods/services from the manufacturer/wholesaler to the consumer. By definition, it sounds simple but by the implementation, it is rather complex. This is why manufacturing firms sparingly have their own logistics team—relying on an independent logistics company.

      Logistics companies are tasked with the responsibility of the planning, implementing, and movement of goods, services, and other valuables from the point of origin to the final consumer. The origin of logistics can be traced back to world war 1 (WWI) and WWII where the military had to make supplies available for their soldiers.

      Logistics is now a full-fledged business today and lots of money can be made. This is why I’ve made this post to guide you on starting a logistics business in Nigeria.

      If you have ever shopped on Jumia, Konga, Amazon, Aliexpress, and other top online shopping sites, I’m sure you understand that the guy or company that picked the products from the manufacturer’s warehouse and delivered to you, in operating under what we know as logistics business.

      Now, let’s talk about starting your own logistics business in Nigeria or anywhere in the world!

      How to Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria: 10 Steps!

      #1. Develop Your Business Plan

      Writing your business plan is the first step to take when starting a logistics business in Nigeria. Many take this for granted but having one is pretty important. You really don’t need to have good writing skills or be a business expert before crafting a good business plan.

      Although, there are a lot of services that can assist you in generating a business plan I advise you to write manually or hire the someone who can personally do it for you. 

      Since your business plan will be your guide as you grow your logistics business, a personalized version will always come in handy. I won’t go into great detail here as we already have a post on writing a business plan and a free template.

      Check this guide on how to write a good business plan.

      So, let’s talk about the next important step!

      #2. Get Your Capital

      After your business plan, the next thing is to get your capital – which you know is very important. And there are several ways you can source for your capital. You can choose to finance it personally or get a loan from the bank.

      Getting a loan or financing your logistics business yourself has its pros and cons and it’s totally up to you. Lots of commercial banks would be willing to offer you a loan, you can as well apply for business grants which will save you from the stress of providing collaterals. 

      Once the funding is acquired, the next step is to;

      #3. Get an Office Space

      You don’t need a big warehouse, but an office where you can attend to clients and enquires in case a company or a customer need to see you before transacting with your company.

      Ensure your office is well decorated, not beautifully but professionally.

      Note that;

      • Your main office should be separated from where you keep customer goods
      • Your office should be easily located, don’t rent an office space very far to the main road
      • Your business location should be google (You can hire me for this)

      If you’ve got your office space, then do this:

      #4. Choose Your Delivery Mode

      Logistics business in Nigeria can take different forms. We’ve got companies who make use of motorcycles, buses, mini-vans, or trucks. You can start with one of these, or you could mix them up for flexibility.

      Knowing what means to use for transportation will determine what you choose to use as your capital. Using a motorcycle/bike means less capital expenditure but also, it limits you to carry certain goods.

      Also, you’d be choosing between:

      • Intra-state (e.g within Lagos state)
      • Inter-state (e.g Within and outside Lagos state – to Kwara State, etc.) 
      • Inter-countries (e.g from the USA, China, etc to Nigeria)

      Or perhaps, you can decide to do both but keep in mind that you’ll have to learn more travel routes in a short span of time.

      Okay, the next up in purchasing the tools needed for your business and also, hiring some personnel to fill out different positions. From our definition of logistics, it is very evident that you will be needing a good number of workers to ensure everything is carried out seamlessly.

      #5. Buy Necessary Equipment & Vehicles

      You need to buy important Items like computers, stationery, dispatch box, telephones are some of the important items needed to run a successful logistics business in Nigeria. With these and more in place, it is expected that you have an effective logistics business like the top brands in the country.

      Considering your mode of delivery, you can buy some motorcycles or small buses and brand them with your business identity, just like the like of Jumia, etc.

      Some logistics companies also partner with taxi drivers and okada riders to fulfill the deliveries instead of using their own cars, motorcycles, and drivers.

      If you want to deal with inter-countries, then you need to grow your network with aviation companies.

      #6. Setup a team or Employ Staff

      About getting the necessary requirements, the next big deal is to set up your own team or employ some people to work with you.

      Also, make sure to hire staff to fill out different positions and not just drivers. Asides from delivery, business management, customer care service, and planning need to be top-notch which the driver can’t do. 

      This team or staff includes;

      • The drivers (if you have motorcycles or buses)
      • The customer care agents
      • The marketing team

      If you don’t have enough money to pay staff, you can hire university students, or those people who are smart and conversant enough, then train them yourself or hire an expert to come and train your team.

      #7. Register Your Business

      If you want your logistics business in Nigeria to be taken seriously as a business entity, then getting your business registered should be a top priority for you. These days people are getting more aware of fraudulent businesses. Failure to register yours puts up a red flag for potential customers.

      Looking at it critically, the cost of registering your business with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission isn’t expensive, so why not do it? Starting with N10,000, you can register your business in Nigeria. If you have a business name already for your logistics company but don’t have enough funds to register, you can reserve your business name for 6 months with just a little token of N500. 

      Check out our post on how to register a business name in Nigeria.

      If you need me to register the business for you, it cost N25,000 and I will get your business approved and your business registration certificate will be sent to you, or you collect it yourself.

      #8. Go Digital with Your Business

      The world is digital itself, all businesses are going digital and if you’re not on the internet, then you don’t have a business yet. And when I say you should go digital, I’m not saying you should just open social media pages and that’s all.

      You should try and get a professional website, do your google business listings, list your logistics business on business directories, do Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and of course, your business social media pages are important.

      If you need a professional website design or development, my Web Design and Digital marketing agency can handle that for you. Kindly contact me here or visit our website here >>> https://www.gbolabyte.com

      We can also handle your digital marketing, google business listing, SEO, and other digital or remote tasks you need us for.

      Remember that most of your customers are online, you also need to get your business and the first approach is to get a business website for your logistics business in Nigeria.

      #9. Brand Identity Design & Branding

      Business identity and branding will really differentiate your business from other logistics businesses in Nigeria. When it comes to branding, you need the service of a professional graphics designer.

      Note that some graphic designers are not experts when it comes to branding.

      Branding is more than designing a logo, it involves anything that will make your business stands out. Brand Identity designer offers everything ranging from your logo, icons, social posts banners, ID cards for your staff, brand your company vehicles, brand your office equipment, and everything brandable.

      This is very important and it goes along with your marketing, that’s what I’ll be explaining last!

      #10. Market Your Business. 

      You’ve come a long way in starting your logistics business in Nigeria. As a new player, unless you’re extremely lucky, no one is going to find out about you. Which is why you’ve got to market your brand.

      The top logistics firms in Nigeria like GIG Logistics, Creseada International Limited, Ocenj Logistics, and more didn’t get to where they are today by chance. They sent the word out about their business and then delivered on the customer’s expectations.

      And in this age of the Internet, it’s much easier to market your business by using available tools like social media. Remember, you’ve got to offer something different from the rest, or make a service offered by your competition better. With these, your logistics business will soar to great heights.

      Part of your marketing strategy is to try and connect with e-commerce website owners or companies in Nigeria so that they can recommend you to their customers. Try to reach out to these companies and your business network will continue to grow.

      CONCLUSION – How to Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria

      E-commerce is getting bigger by the day in Nigeria and this is why the logistics business in Nigeria as a complimentary service is getting more traction. And yes, like every business, this has its own risks but with a good management team, these risks can be reduced to its bare minimum. 

      At the moment, the logistics space in Nigeria isn’t that saturated which is a good reason to start as soon as you can. As you do, keep in mind the steps above as they’ll be your guide when you experience obstacles. 

      So, over to you, when do you wish to start your logistics business in Nigeria? And if you own one already, how did you start yours? Let’s hear from you!

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      President Muhammadu Buhari’s Full Speech on #EndSars Protest

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      Have you watched the broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech on the #EndSars protest? Well, many of us are opportune to watched it live on NTA (their YouTube channel).

      We all know what’s happening in the country since two weeks ago and the President hasn’t until today, address the citizens of Nigeria. Before he went live to deliver his speech, Nigerians had set their expectations so high to listen to see what Mr. President planned to do with Lekki Toll gate’s Massacre, Police brutality, bad government, corruption and other things happening in the country.

      But, well… Nigerians are left disappointed.

      I know by now, you have being seeing some posts on social media by Nigerians, saying they need need to leave this country and travel to Canada and sort of cruise like that regarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech on #EndSars protest.

      You’re eager to listen to it right? Worry no more! You can watch the video below or read the speech.

      VIDEO: Full Broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on #EndSars Protest

      You can read the speech speech below;

      ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020

      Fellow Nigerians,

      It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

      2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

      3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

      4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

      5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

      6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

      7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

      8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

      9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

      10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

      11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

      12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

      a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
      b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
      c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
      d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

      13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
      a. Farmermoni,
      b. Tradermoni,
      c. Marketmoni,
      d. N-Power,
      e. N-Tech and
      f. N-Agro.

      14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

      15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

      16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

      17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

      18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

      19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

      20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

      21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

      22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

      23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

      24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

      25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

      26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

      27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

      Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

      That’s the full speech of President Buhari on #EndSars protest 😉

      I don’t know what to say on this… But someone commented on Twitter that the President Buhari’s speech make the whole country “speechless” — Maybe that’s why I don’t know what to say.

      But I know most Nigerians are disappointed.

      But just in case you’re thinking of traveling out of the country and you don’t know how to start, here is how to get your international passport in Nigeria

      What do you think about the 10 minutes speech? Kindly use the comment box below.

       

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      8 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Household Expenses

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      Are you finding it quite difficult to reduce your household expenses? Okay, don’t feel depressed, this page is what you need to get motivated and take that action!

      Among all lessons we have learned during this COVID-19 “pandemic period”, one good lesson we should always stick to,  is how to manage our funds and resources. Millions of people across the world became unemployed as a result of this world-renowned virus, but how do they survive? By simply cutting their expenses and wise management of their savings.

      It is very important we learn how to manage our money wisely, or hence, we might end up becoming financially broke or a debtor. I know you don’t want that!

      Today I’ll be showing you how to reduce your budget and lower your household expenses. These tips work for everybody, regardless of who you are, either you’re a 9-5 employee or an entrepreneur.

      So, let’s check them together!

      8 Ways To Reduce and Manage Your Household Expenses

      Tip #1. Cut Off Your Cell Phone Plan

      Having and using a cell phone is quite expensive when studied critically. No doubt they’re beneficial… but we also get charged for services, tax, etc., that we can’t even explain. This is why it’s important to choose a good cell phone plan.

      According to NCC (Nigeria Communication Commission), Nigerians collectively spent about N450 Billion per month on recharge cards and data connections. That is approximately $1.17 million spent every month on cell phone plans.

      You know what?

      The amount of money spent on recharge cards and data connections covered about 73% of Nigerians’ expenses while the remaining 27% covered foodstuff, emergency funds, skincare, and other personal stuff.

      I’m sure you’re one of those people enriching these telecommunication companies every month, I personally buy data worth N15,000 every month!

      We need to learn how to reduce these expenses, and the best way we can do that is to reduce the hours we spent on social media apps (especially, Instagram and Facebook), YouTube, and online streaming sites.

      Also, a prepaid plan is the most suitable option. You can get it with the major carriers at almost half the price of the regular plan. The beauty of prepaid plans are the added bonuses and incentives. Things like unlimited calls, unlimited SMSs, reduced call rates, and lots more. 

      RELATED: How to Start Recharge Card Printing Business in Nigeria

      If you’re looking to save some bucks, cut the regular plan and switch to a prepaid plan.

      Tip #2. Do Away With Cable Subscription

      One of the best ways you can reduce your household expenses is by ditching your cable plan. I know it feels good to lay on the couch after the day’s work… sipping your favorite drink… watching a good movie. I get it. But you’re on a budget and some things have to go.

      Thankfully, we have digital platforms today where you can watch your favorite TV and sports shows. You can watch TV on YouTube, Netflix is a good option—it costs less per month, Showbox for Android users is great, or you could get a fire stick. 

      There are lots of these services out there, using any will help in maximizing your finances in the long run.

      Tip #3. Get an Insurance

      We live in a world where everything is risky either on land, in water, or at home. Accidents can happen anytime, you can start developing a kind of sickness any day, your car might develop faults and different unforeseen circumstances that may suddenly require you to spend money.

      Sometimes, you have to borrow money from your friends, co-operative society, or take a loan from your bank, in order to take care of those issues. 

      But to help you manage your funds and reduce your expenses, Insurance plans are ready to cover that for you.

      If you are a car owner, it is very important to have auto insurance. It comes in handy because you never know when uncertainties or accidents may occur. But the cost of these plans does take a toll on your finances.

      If your business requires traveling a lot, you can opt-in for travel insurance, and you can do the same for health insurance.

      You can always shop around for a less expensive plan. The big carriers tend to charge you higher than necessary. This may be due to you having certain covers you don’t need at the moment, or you’re probably in a wrong plan.

      Take out time to review your current insurance plan, do away with covers you don’t need. Or better still, check out smaller firms with similar benefits but at a lower cost.

      Tip #4. Cancel Memberships

      Membership plans do get you exclusive features and other juicy benefits. This could be membership plans from your gym, Netflix, Amazon, or Audible. Whatever it is. If it’s not necessary at the moment, cancel it.

      You wouldn’t miss much. There are alternatives you could check out: YouTube for Netflix, visit a local library in place of Audible, and work out at home instead of going to the gym. Remember, you’re trying to cut costs.

      Tip #5. Consider Reducing Your Rent

      It’s time to do away with luxurious living if you stay in a rented apartment. Take for instance you live in a 3 bedroom apartment…you could switch to a 2 bedroom or 1 bedroom to reduce household expenses.

      Also, if you can, assuming this wouldn’t affect your work: try switching locations if possible. Certain areas are characterized by huge housing costs but you can change to less expensive areas if possible.

      I know a guy who spent up to $2,500 (N800,000) on his new rented apartment, he had enough money in his savings to take care of feeding and other necessary stuff for the few months. But as an entrepreneur, he invested the savings on a business which went against him!

      Dude is broke, and the next thing for him is to relocate to a small apartment which will cost N40,000 per year ($100/yr) instead of his previous N90,000 per year ($220/yr).

      So, don’t be afraid to reduce your rent, change the location, and start looking for the bigger picture (stabilizing your business and getting your own house).

      Tip #6. Cook in Your House, Stop Eating Outside!

      Yes, you read right. And you’re asking if it’s possible? Of course, it is possible. We don’t tend to keep records of how much we spend on food and restaurants. I don’t do that.

      And so we go ahead without knowing because we think the amount we spend per meal or snack is little. No, it’s not. When summed up, we could see how much we’ve spent and how big the amount is.

      I was a regular fan of a restaurant close to my house. I spent up to N1500 on every meal. To me, I thought that’s cool and not too much to satisfy my belly. But at the end of the first 30 days, I realized that N45,000 has left my pocket on just a 1-square meal per day. And that doesn’t include the transport fare to buy the food, the tips, and money spent on food for another 2-square meal.

      Averagely, I spent up to N60,000 in that month on food. 

      Again, you may think it’s very small when you’re spending it, but when you calculate the total money spent at the end of the month, you’ll see how much you’ve spent.

      So, I decided to start buying foodstuffs and cooking at home (I have kitchen utensils already). I spent an average of N15,000 per month on foodstuff, and like N200 per day on other things I need to buy, that is N6,000.

      It means I spend N21,000 on food I prepare myself instead of the previous N60,000 on outside food (saving N39,000)!

      So please… stop eating out. Start cooking at home and see how much of an impact it makes. Yes, it might be difficult but you need to stop.

      Tip #7. Reduce Your Grocery Bill

      Staying with our previous tip, I asked you to cook at home. But wait! What if you’ve been spending more than you should on groceries? If you’re guilty of this (maybe you’re not) here’s how you can reduce your grocery bill.

      You can start patronizing stores that offer discounts. Others may have deals like “By One, Get One Free”, or you could shop online using coupons. Don’t tell me you don’t love those deals…those discounts. You do, right? So go ahead and change your grocery store or supermarket.

      Buy your groceries in bulk instead of buying at a very expensive price per one or two.

      Also, notice those things you don’t really use and stop buying them or maybe, reduce the quantity. 

      Tip #8. Fancy Grooming… Are They Even Necessary?

      Sure they are! I know we all crave those fancy stuff such as good shoes, chains, clothes, coffees with milk, cream, sugar, or whatever. But there comes a time when we need to sit back and ask: Do I really need this? Especially if you’re like me who is grinding to save some money.

      Go get yourself a coffee maker and start making yours at home. If you’re not going to any occasion that demands you for new clothes, don’t buy it, if your shoe leather is getting worn-off, fix it by giving it to a professional shoemaker instead of disposing of it.

      I know it’s convenient to get out there and fix your nails, make your hair, or do some makeup. Right now you need to consider doing these things yourself.

      Are they difficult?

      Not at all. Unless you’re too busy. If you’re not, pick up your phone and head over to YouTube to start learning these things and start saving money. 

      CONCLUSION – These Tips Will Help You Manage Your Funds and Reduce Your Expenses

      There you have it: 8 Ways to Reduce your household expenses. I know we love to do all these things: we love to eat out, live in luxurious homes, have some fancy coffee daily, then come home to watch our cable TV.

      But right now, you need to implement these tips above. If you can’t do it all, no problem. But make sure you implement the ones you can.

      So over to you, which of these things will you be cutting? Let’s hear from you.

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