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#WorkersDay: Mourning professionals, close tenants… 7 atypical jobs in Nigeria

If you’ve spent any time in Nigeria, regardless of geopolitical zone, you’ve likely come across – or heard of – at least one gainful activity that sounds out of the ordinary. As the world celebrates Workers’ Day today, with Nigeria’s unemployment rate expected to hit 33% in 2022, here are some unconventional jobs that provide alternative sources of income.

professional mourners

Do your supporters worry about your ability to cry at the slightest finger? You can also earn money as a professional mourner. Professional criers or mourners are usually hired to add some energy to the funeral. The salary is said to vary between N3,000 and N5,000 per day, depending on the group you work with and the amount the person needing the service is willing to offer. So the next time you attend a funeral and a particular group seems to be crying or sighing at just the right time, you might not be too far from your next bustle.

Vehicle watchmen

For places where parking is a problem, you can come across a network of vehicle spotters. Their job is to ensure the safety of the parked vehicle, while the motorist goes about his business. A Lagos resident, who identified himself as David, said he paid between 500 and 1,000 naira, depending on bargaining power and “the mood of the observers”.

dance marketing

Picture this: screaming loudspeakers, a makeshift stage/canopy and someone speaking into a microphone, competing with loud music, to explain the features of a new product. While this is enabled, traders scatter to nearby areas displaying the product. Then there’s the interesting attraction around the makeshift canopy/stage – usually two people dancing their muscles to music from the loudspeakers. According to Emmanuel, a student who also does ‘road show dance marketing’ as he described it, the salary is around N4,000 or N4,500 per day. Explaining further, he said: “Of course it’s really stressful, especially dancing for so long and sometimes in the hot sun, but for someone like me who loves to dance, I think it’s like earning money. ‘money with my sweat’.

Makeup Review Templates

This label was a bit confusing, even for those involved. Although they don’t usually make it to the big billboards, posters or catwalks, they still describe themselves as role models. Jessica, who has done a few gigs in this regard, described it like this: “You know how people take exams to graduate from a class? For those learning to become makeup artists, their exam is to find someone who can pose as a model. So, I am invited on the day of the test and the person training as a beautician does my makeup. Sometimes part of the examination also involves repairing the nails. Then the examiner gives his verdict. We get paid with airtime, sometimes with barely enough money to cover transportation costs. Other times, some people promise to see you, but that’s the last you’ll hear from them. Sometimes you do it for free if the person is a close friend. When asked if free makeup products were sometimes part of the offer, Jessica laughed and replied, “Never!”

Paid Praise Singers

“Our work trends during political season or if there’s an event featuring a popular person,” Mama Debby, as she preferred to be identified, said of professional praise singers. “We are paid in cash, food or other material goods. We consider the pedigree of the person involved before deciding what to charge. Sometimes we even give suggestions on what the person can do to make it more interesting, like providing designer outfits or caps. What is important is to have a reliable network of members who can show up on demand. Many of us do these jobs to get extra income.

“Fake” passengers

In a car park, you board a vehicle that already appears to have a few passengers. However, as more and more passengers arrive, the first occupants begin to disappear. If this sounds familiar, welcome to the world of “fake” fleet passengers. A driver, who confirmed the practice, however, said that not all “fake” passengers are paid for their services. According to him, “some get tips; we buy food for some people; while others are fellow travelers or park attendants”.

Tenant parents

It may sound unreal, but as portrayed, they are the flip side of professional mourners. As Uzor, who claimed to have witnessed it during a traditional wedding ceremony, recounts: “Some of the so-called friends and relatives who came with the groom were praised. They came in one of those yellow buses from Lagos. It was amazing. I still don’t know why the person did that. Maybe he needed the crowd, because it was pretty lively. However, it was while one of the bride’s uncles was asking questions that one of the rented relatives got angry and said he didn’t know the guy and was being paid for it. ‘to accompany. Uzor, however, said he wasn’t sure how much they were paid.

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