Naija Women Tell Us

30 Naija Women Tell Us Practical Ways They Have Been Adjusting To The Recession



The former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, on her twitter page, wanted to know how Nigerians were adjusting to the recession period, so she asked them to share with her, their recession adjustment ideas.

As funny as these responses seem, you would be surprised as Nigerians are holding up, whilst learning one or two things from them as the ultimate goal is how best to manage one’s resources without incuring additional debt.

30 responses from women were extracted. So, below are ways Nigerian women are adjusting to recession.


I cut down unnecessary outings and visit, no buying of new clothes, cut down on use of generator, no food for visitors, nah groundnut.


I’m on compulsory dieting. No more fastfoods, icecream, juice or confectionery. I either pack my lunch from home or drink water for lunch.


Olx is my friend now. no more cabs/uber unless super necessary. Reduced the use of  AC and fridge to save power. I use neighbourhood salons and do spa myself.


Ignore/block local news. Sit down with the bible because frustration tries to lead to depression. I also buy everything in bulk. Even pure water. Work and church is enough. I take bike/keke everywhere else.


I agree wit Budgeting, proven methodical way to keep expenses in check. And yes, it’s difficult. Extra income also key


For me, shopping used to be therapeutic. But these days, I drink water and I feel better.


Remittances- I first compare exchange rates by Western Union, Moneygram& WorldRemit or get some1 needing naira


No more sleeping with generator. Tomatoes was weekly,now twice a month. Only a car is used. Full tank must last 2 weeks.


Buy in bulk, eat local and healthy like beef tallow instead of imported ‘Ororo’.


I now use the office issued meal tickets for lunch. The interns are not happy though.


No more foreign stuff. I rarely fill my tank up. No bags or frivolous stuff, where’s the money sef?


Rent out part of our offce space, run the petrol gen more than the diesel gen & opt for strip lashes.


That “Small change” must be collected, counted and included in spendings that are gonna make me great again.


I buy my 2year old daughter’s oversize beacuse as she’s growing rapidly they’ll still fit!!


No more eating out but spend on healthy options like vegetables mostly. also ‘buy a Need not Want’


I ask all vendors and family members to send same-bank details to cut the inter-bank transfer fees.


I pack fruits as snack for my kids, hubby takes lunch to work and carpools to work. I also carpool 4 school runs. We sleep by 7pm,  no need for generator.


I don’t do aso-ebi anymore.


I carefully monitor rice when cooking, to ensure it doesn’t get burnt thereby avoiding unnecessary wastage


I have to learn to treck treckable distances. Avoiding taxis and cabs, who dem epp?


I do send money to people in Ekiti to buy stuffs like yam, elubo, palm oil, dried fish, plantain et al. in bulk. Lagos prices are not smiling.


I placed pledges and sacrificial giving in voice mail. Pay only tithe & offering. Stream midweek services online to save transport.


No eating out, date night at home, take cabs, purchase night and weekend data plan and I add no more human hair. Didi will do.


Stop eating out, if possible, buy foodstuff in bulk. Boiling and storing water for drinking is good, it must not be bottle water.


Buy pepper in bulk, boil in coal pots, keep in cellophane for months. Avoid bottled water, take sachet water. Take “Pito”, ditched coke


I crochet clothing items. I sew and buy and sell anything and everything.


I drive my kids to their school and park my car there. board a taxi to office and go back with ease.


I buy more local products. I restarted a business selling locally made stuff. I make and sell too.


My most profound take is the rise in empathy. I’ve been imagining how the poor are surviving. I’ve had to help someone pay rent. Another friend and her baby was literally starving. 5k is such an appreciated gift now. we that are stronger financially really have no choice but to help others. Feeding is such a problem for some now.



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  1. Ngozy Sulaiman-Etamesor

    Ngozy Sulaiman-Etamesor

    November 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Very interesting read.

  2. Happiness Tari Anderson

    Happiness Tari Anderson

    November 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Lol love Bisi’s own wella my dear me to nah natural o

  3. Mercy Okocha

    Mercy Okocha

    November 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Funny but educative.

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