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Throwback: 5 funny ways we used to make money as Ajepako kids in Nigeria

OK. Let’s share old memories if you can relate. It’s from personal experience.

  1. Once it just rained finish like this, and we head straight for new sites and branch at every ongoing house projects with foundation made of cement blocks. Then we use Cutlass to clear bush around foundation paths, and also use eyes to check the holes. It works well, if you go along with torchlight, if it is already getting dark. You know what we will be looking for?


If you check 5 block foundations (ese igana or ogiri), chances are high that you will see 3 to 5 big snails.

And we sell to Alarobo or food canteens..

Isn’t that Money?

Yes, Money from Nature. Lol.

2. Once you sight the woman shouting “aun ra ajaku bata roba, a un rabo ayo tin jo… E fi gbake oo”. (We buy old sandals oo, we buy old leaking aluminium containers, sell and collect new plastics).

And we will go inside and comb everywhere in the house to look for that torn rubber sandal we got tired of, those bottles hiding inside store and those useless complete buba and soro clothes they bought for us years ago that we no longer wear, inside patimoto that cockroaches are already infesting. By the time you will come out, you would have already gotten enough money to buy a Congo of rice and orisirisi inside. Or save in your kóló (piggy bank) to buy regerege or banger. Lol

3. Don’t blame us, we were agents of recycling, redistribution & waste management. Lol

We will volunteer to help mould brick blocks and clear bush at a cost, even though if it will take days to complete it and you can break down buying paracetamol from being worn out. Lol… The strong boys do this consistently to buy new clothes for themselves especially when festivities are around. The more stronger ones buy bicycles and some that like book use it to buys books, especially those from highly impoverished homes.

May this is why the popular childhood lines we used to sing say that “bi a ko ba reni feyin ti, bi ole laari, bi a ko ba reni gbekele, a tera mose eni”.

[No translation] Lol

Childhood experience in Nigeria

4. We raised animals behind house cages. There is a culture of giving a going goat or fowl to a child at birth, named after you and someone can even give you as a gift, from neighbor and families. Many small kids look after these animals from infancy to when they are big to sell or chop.

We cry profusely if nature takes life off those creatures and care alot for them, by preventing them from being hurt with the support of parents. Adiye mi,(my hen) ewure mi (my goat), ehoro mi (my rabbits), aja mi (my dog) etc.. Those were noise we chant around house to remind others that this one is personal oo. Lol

And when they grow old to sell, you can proudly be rewarded even though we are cheated most times.

Imagine if the whole house wake up one day, and say it’s one of your beloved local hens that is going down in the soup without compensation. Lol. You will know this life is not fair.

Raising animals by kids

5. This one is common – Visitors & families Gift! Lol.

Usually we don’t make much from here as Ajepakos except during Christmas and Ileya, as many of our parent’s friends are like us. They come and go with excuse. “Ma binu lati, ma ba e mu nkan no next time. Owo po lowo mi” (Sorry aburo, I will bring you something next time OK, I don’t have cash now). . Lol. Or they buy you guguru and epa (popcorn & groundnut). Safe for when you have few rich families. Lol

These are few beautiful childhood experience we had while growing up.

It seems everything had changed much now.

Well, It’s been long I do throwbacks Thursday.

Savour the old days..


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