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Submitted by Aisha Hamza

  I arrived at Tara’s apartment a little past eight p.m. She enveloped me in a warm hug and led me to the lavishly set dinning area where candle lights were competing with porcelain dishes . Sitting down, I allowed my eyes roam on the body hugging sequined dress that flattered Tara’s beautiful body. I might just propose tonight.

  Tara excused herself and went into the kitchen. Suddenly something moved from the shadows and surfaced in form of Tiara. She didn’t give me time to recover from my shock as she said “long time no see Ayo”. There was no way my ex from hell was sitting across from me. Too shocked to say a word, beads of perspiration gathered on my forehead.

“Tiara, I see you’ve met Ayo already” It was Tara’s honeyed voice. What in the world was going on? I mused. Tiara flashed Tara a smile. 

    “Ayo, this is my twin sister Tiara”. The universe must be playing tricks on me. “Remember the two girls on the night of the 27th, 2008. Your boys and you. Remember the rape Ayo”?
It was Tiara speaking.
I looked up and saw Tara holding a gun. “It’s payback time Ayo”. Smiling, she pulled the trigger. 

This story was written as an entry to the Flash Fiction contest hence the theme but unfortunately, due to technical issues, it was not received.

Writers Bio

Aisha Hamza

Aisha Hamza is an ardent and growing creative writer who is passionate about stringing words together. She is a poetic soul with the pen of a word artist and hopes that some day,her name would be written in gold amongst a legion of renowned writers.

Title: Happy Deathday

Gift Ukay


She had woken up depressed as always, with no expectations for the new day; not even her birthday. Living isn’t worth it, the demons in her head had always told her. 
Waking up, she pulled out her diary from underneath her pillow, and resumed to pouring out her emotions on the pages with her ink. 
Dear diary,
It’s my birthday, but it looks more like a death day. I have so much grief in me. I can’t hold on for much longer. So, I ask for a gift, a gift befitting this day…
As she wrote, the tears flooding her eyes blurred her vision. She tried wiping them off with the back of palm. She continued writing, and stopped when she heard the ding-dong at the door. Rising on her feet, she made for the door. 
On opening, there was no one there, but on the floor laid a parcel. She lifted it. Shutting the door behind her, she opened it up. Inside it was a revolver with a red ribbon and a paper tag with inscription ‘Happy Deathday’. 
“My gift,” she muttered. After admiring it, she lifted it to her head. Smiling, she pulled the trigger.
Gift Ukay

I started making money for myself when I was in the University. My sisters and I used part of our scholarship, went to the markets and bought some gowns and skirts unlike the ones you’d find in Kano. I was very bad at marketing then (still learning) so my friends usually did all the marketing for me. 

Before then my sister was selling pepper and garin danwake. She was even taking them to shops. 

The profit wasn’t much. But it was something. I didn’t realise it at that time but it was the experience and orientation that mattered most and the responsibility that comes with sourcing your own income.

What I’ve always hated most in my life was asking for things especially money, not even from my Dad. As students sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. The pocket money doesn’t even cover the basics atimes and we want some stuff other than the basics for example my friend is getting married, I want to buy her asoebi on my own.

 Read through these five ways you can earn as a student, choose one that’s best for you, share with others and drop suggestions (What’s more, little or no capital is needed):

1, Craft- Anything involving hands and creativity. This is for people who can think outside of the box. Can you think up something unique and creative and make them with your hands with very little capital? E.g fancy ankara notebooks with blings for students or fancy decorated pens or totes or school bags (ankara or not) because Ankara and blings are in vogue. I know some siblings that craft coconuts shells into necklaces of different shapes. As a student you can think up something that other students may find appealing at little cost and sell them.

Are you clever with your hands when it comes to drawing or henna tattoos or plaiting hair? Can you design veils or clothes by yourself? The list is endless because the possibilities are endless. What do students need, give them.

2, Selling Phone Accessories- Phone accessories do bring in money. Everyday chargers get bad, ear pieces spoil, new phone cases are needed and batteries get weak. You could stock them up and sell right in the hostel, advertise on your timeline on Instagram and Whatsapp status. Unique phone cases are available on Ali Express at a good price and students will rush it.

3, Selling Clothings and accessories – You can sell clothings that are in demand or in vogue be it apparel, veils etc. Jewelries,bags and shoes for both men and women of affordable price also make a good market. You could always sell materials for both men and women.

4, Selling Perfume-  Perfume is a surprisingly good venture for students. I know of a student who is about to open a perfume shop and he started from buying one. If you want perfumes on wholesale I could always hook you up. Sell to those Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, colleagues and social media followers.

5, Freelance Writing/ Graphic designing- (Zero capital needed) Are you talented in writing? Then you shouldn’t just write. I started making money as a freelance writer as a student and it was the best thing that happened to me. It helped me a lot. You could apply on Elancer and Problogger but hardly do Nigerians ever make the cut. They always assign the jobs to themselves. Better option is to actively follow blogs and magazines and send them emails with sample write-ups. You might never know which one will send a positive reply.

If you are a web or graphic designer as a student you could offer your services to businesses. Plenty want a website , they just don’t know where to get one. Or you could design logos and flyers for them.

6, Blogging/Vlogging- Lifestyle blogging or vlogging (Youtube videos), travel blogging, Students blog (e.g Your life in ABU) believe me many in the same situation as you will troop in to read especially if you give them useful information they can relate with.

You could also have a food blog or vlog, makeup, fashion, or anything that interests you. With time, blogging opens up a source of income for you in unexpected ways.

7, Selling Makeup and Cosmetics- Make up products and cosmetics are always in demand. The trick is to sell things that get finished easily like cosmetics as opposed to things that can be used for a long period of time. That way, demand is always there.

8, Advertise- You have no capital? you cannot do things that need no capital? You are even confused on a choice of business? But you can see everyone doing one sort of business or the other? Contact them (preferably family members), offer to advertise for them, agree on a referral fee and start. Post on your social media platforms and get referral fee for each product sold through you. It’s as easy as that.

9, Edibles- Some utilize their weekends by making small chops and snacks, smoothies, milk shakes, chicken wings and nuggets, cakes for birthdays etc. They already have an established market and when it’s weekend, they sell.

So are you a student tired of being constantly broke? Get a light thing to do which doesn’t require too much effort and time and good luck.