List of 80 best and lucrative skills you can learn in Nigeria

In Nigeria today and the world at large, self employment is the highest employer of labour.
The trend is growing everyday and will keep growing as people gets frustrated everyday by their employers with poor working conditions and low wages for their daily hard work.

People are desperately looking for better alternatives, hence acquiring a skill or set of skills is the best way to achieving self reliance and financial independence.

Skills otherwise known as hand work is the most important thing to acquire to guarantee steady means of income.

Some people are born with certain skills while others struggle to learn them. A saying has it that

if you can do something very well, don’t do it for free.”
Whether you paid or didn’t pay to acquire any skill, monetize it and you will be surprised at where it may take you.

Skills and handwork to learn in Nigeria are many for male, female, young, old, educated and uneducated.

Everyday people look for trending and most lucrative skills to acquire in Nigeria so We compiled this list of 150 skills to learn in Nigeria as an overview.
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List of 80 skills for male and female in Nigeria.

1. Tailoring

This is one of the most gainful skills a male or  female can acquire in Nigeria because we as Africans love our native wears.

Ankara, Agbada, asoebi tailors are in high demand.
Most people even prefer suits that were made by their tailor to the already made ones in the market.
So you see the opportunity is huge.

Imagine getting a contract to sew school uniforms for a private school.
Your imagination is a good as mine.
You can reach an apprenticeship agreement with a good tailor in your location to learn this high demand skill.

There are also some fashion schools available for you to enroll in for learning sewing.

2. Phone repairs

Mobile phones are partof our everyday lives.
The opportunity this trend poses for a smartphone technician is mouth watering.
All phones in use will definitely develop one technical fault or the other one day.

I know someone that makes approximately 15k daily from repairing phones somewhere in Lagos Nigeria.

There are dozens of people making even more daily.

You can start making cool money almost immediately after you acquire this skill because it is in high demand and the market is very big and will continue to grow as mobile phone technology evolves.

There are millions of video tutorials online that shows how to fix almost all the common and sophisticated problems developed by mobile phones.

You can choose to learn only the software aspect which involves flashing, unlocking, upgrading etc.

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While self learning online, it is pertinent for you to find a good technician that you will also learn from.

Your innate technical abilities will also play a huge role here.

Start now by making more research on google and back it up with action as soon as possible.

3. Playing music instruments

You may purchase your desired instrument and self learn with the aid of online video and text tutorials.

I have a friend that is a full time keyboardist, He doesn’t have any other job and doesn’t seem like he needs another one. He is living fine and comfortable from the money he makes from his craft. You too can make it in this field.

Learn on youtube if you have your desired instrument at home or You can also find an instrumentalist to teach at an agreed fee.

4. Laptop repairs.

This field is undoubtedly very profitable just like phone repairs. I did this as a side hustle in the past and the money I was making almost made me settle for it full time.

It requires adequate technical skills and diligence but the money comes easy if you know what you are doing.
You may need both online and offline tutorial to be proficient in this field.

5. Carpentry

Furniture is one of the most essential properties people spends on first before other things.

The skill is even more profitable now that foreign woods are rampant in Nigeria and people are spending a lot of money on furnitures made with those.

A basic design MDF Bedframe with 2 side drawers goes for about 90k in Lagos. My point is, there is real money here.

6. Driving

Learn to drive and get drivers license. If you learn how to drive trucks for example, you will easily find jobs in trucking companies, construction companies etc. Same goes with trailers, Carter pillars and so on.

Learning driving and Getting driver’s license for SUVs will position for opportunities like Uber driver, personal driver, or company driver.

If you have you own car, you can use is for taxi venture or simply join one of the ride hailing companies like Bolt, Taxify or Uber.

7. Masonry

8. Brick laying

9. Web design

Website design is a great, lucrative and highly paying skill.

Just like every other skill, your proficiency and good results will naturally bring more clients through referrals and you can work from home or infact anywhere you like.

The learning resources are available for free online with millions of articles and millions of beginner friendly videos available on youtube and elsewhere.

  • I gave some important tips on how to start in a segment of this article

10. Phone Application development

It has some similarities with Web design that I talked about above.

11. Software programming

It is still in the same category of computing with app development and web design.

But this involves making apps for computers (programs).

This requires training in the field of computer programming languages like C++ and others depending on whether you are coding for Microsoft Windows operating system or Apple’s Macintosh.

If you are tech savvy like myself, then try this. Your program might be the next big thing like, Adobe photoshop, Grand theft Auto, VLC player, Corel draw and other great programs.

12. Massaging

Massage parlors has fast become a thing in Nigeria. Even not too rich people patronises the business nowadays.

Your can make research and learn the ropes of the service. Maybe it is the one for you.

13. Snacks baking

Food is arguably the most essential commodity. It is highly unlikely that you will fail in this business if you are determined and strategic.

The tutorials are all over the internet no matter the snack you want to bake.

Check out this Video I found on you tube on how to bake meat pie without oven here

This is a proof that you really don’t need to break the bank to start. I won’t say more here. Go make your money if you like this kind of activity because passion is the main motivation of an entrepreneur.

14. Cake making

It has close similarities with what I explained above. You can even learn it from your friends or neighbors that already knows how to make these things.

Or visit a pro and find out how much he/she will charge to teach you.

Remember, Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and all manners of celebrations that requires cutting of cake. Everyday is somebody’s birthday so the market is massive, your friends and family members are easily your customers.

15. Hair dressing

This skill is one of the skills that will never go out of usefulness in Nigeria. It is always in high demand no matter the amount of people that joins the business every year. Festive periods like Christmas, new year seasons are the hottest.

It takes most young ladies about 5 months to perfect this skill.

Another good thing about this is that you can earn while you learn.

16. Manicure

17. Vehicle mechanic

19. Generator mechanic

20. Music production

21. Video editing

22. Graphic design

23. Graphic art

24. Dancing

25. Singing

No need to make long comments on this. We all at least have some idea how much fortunes our favorite musicians have made and are making as we speak form their art.

You may not do it big as they are doing now but every level of the art comes with some rewards l, no matter how little.
At least you can start somewhere, if you are talented and persistent you will surely blow in a matter of time .

Live bands,choristers, back up singers all makes money with their voices.

26. Football or any other sports

27. Weightlifting or any other gymnastics

28. Sprinting or any other athletics

29. Welding

30. Pop ceiling installation

31. Solar installation

32. CCTV installation

33. Street light installation

34. Automatic gate installation

35. Electrical equipment installation and maintenance


36. Plumbing

37. Ice cream making

38. Cooking

39. Writing

40. Public speaking

41. Canoeing

42. Swimming

43. Typing

45. frying of nuts and cereals – Groundnut, pop corn Etc

This is one of the simplest things you can start today and get customers immediately.
The capital requirements is very low and the returns is good considering the capital and skills requirements.

There are video tutorials on YouTube.  And you can learn the skills from someone that knows it.

You may also enroll in a catering school to learn this.

Below are some videos from YouTube  to help you learn this skill.

How to Make Real Homemade Popcorn in a Pan Video >> click here to watch on YouTube 

How To Make Popcorn Easy & On The Stove >> click here to watch on YouTube 

46. Building art work

47. Building Painting

48. Vehicle paint spraying

49. Vulcanising

50. Television repairs

51. Radio repairs

52. Telecommunication mast installation and maintenance

53. Truck driving

I mentioned this under driving but I had to highlight it here to buttress it importance and how lucrative it is.

If you have the mental and physical ability to handle long vehicles and long trips, then why not?

54. Caterpillar driving

This is also similar to the skill I explained before this one.

55. Event location decoration

The money in this business is just unbelievable. I will write more in this later.

56. Photography

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57. Costuming

58. Make up artist

Young men and women that are into this are constantly smiling to the bank.

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59. Hair styling

60. Building plan drawing

61. Iron bending

62. Panel beating

63. Air conditioner installation

64. Teaching

65. Acting

66. caterpillar driving

67. Knitting

68. shoe making and repair

This is a secret gold mine that many are yet to discover.

69. boat repairs

70. Boat building

71. Fishing

72. Sports officiating

73. sports coaching

74. interlock stone molding

75. Brick molding

76. interlock stone installing

77. Bead works

Beads are used for a variety of things and mostly in the fashion industry.
Luxury ear rings, necklaces, bracelets,handbags and even some clothing can be made with beads.

If you hear how much these wealthy women pays for the bead ornaments you see on them ,you jaw will drop in utter disbelief.
The best part of this is that you can learn this on line and can practice the business from the comfort of your home.

You may also venture into this as a side hustle,  you don’t have leave your job for it.

You may quit your job later and run it full time when the fortunes starts pouring in.

Below are some YouTube links to learn beadworks

78. Wig making

79. computer Applications.

You can earn a decent living from making computer programs, this profession, however requires programming skills. Do not be discouraged by the “big name”. Learning software programming is not impossible.  You may start with self learning.  Personally I learned self learn about 90% of the profitable skills I have today.

There are vast learning resources available online for free to aid your journey in this field. There are also a handful of resourceful videos on YouTube that breaks down programming step by step.

Below are a few good ones I found helpful myself;

How to make computer programs, click here to watch on YouTube

Building Software Applications From START To FINISH, click here to watch on YouTube

80. Aluminium and glass Works

This is ones of the best skills to be learned by a male in Nigeria. Any young man with this skill is definitely set for life, I made this statement because I know a lot of persons who has made a great deal of fortune from this profession.
All these beautiful new buildings popping up at all corners of the country cannot happen without the services of these people.
You need to acquire the skill and you can do this by reaching an apprenticeship agreement with a professional in the field.
Many of them are seen all over the country, even at your street. Mist of them own work shops at which they fabricate and display their work.
If you are a quick learner, you will certainly start making some money if your own few months into the apprenticeship.
You can be fixing broken glass windows for example, for your neighbors and friends  even before you graduate and open your own workshop.


The list above in undoubtedly not complete yet. There are undeniably numerous other lucrative skills for men and women to acquire in Nigeria not represented. however you can make a decent living out of any of those we mentioned, if you are dedicated and serious about it.

If you want the ones you can learn and start practicing quickly the take a look at this>>Highly paying skills you can learn in few months for free in Nigeria

If you know any more skill or handwork that should be on this list kindly share in the comment section.
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43 thoughts on “List of 80 best and lucrative skills you can learn in Nigeria”

  1. Thanks very much for this great article, in fact I am very lucky to see this write up , i was trying to dive in to Fashion designing before but , now am trying to pick Barbing from this list , thanks so much.

  2. Alhassan j yunusa

    Thanks so much have chosen my own which is a bricks laying business is a profitable and very marketable job

  3. Nura Zauro Abdullahi

    Thank you for this vey usefull information. I have been looking for this long time a go, but now I will choose one from the list

    Thank yuo once again

  4. I always wanted to be a truck driver but I don’t know who will teach me or how I will go about it if you have anyone contact me on 08035191962

    1. We really do not have any trusted contact for now but will definitely reach out to you if that changes.

      Keep holding on to your dream and keep making efforts to get what you want. Everything will work out for you eventually.

  5. Please, is it advisable to learn as many as possible, of computer/internet related skills , while Studying? or One should learn only one of them ?. Thank you.

    1. Absolutely. It is best to gather as much skills as possible if you have the opportunity. It will equip you to be able to adapt and survive to any economic situation the society.

      So, go ahead and learn as many as you can.
      I wish you success

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  7. Thanks for the info, I have always wanted to learn mobile phone & laptop repairs but don’t know how to go about it. I have what it takes & I hope to succeed in my pursuit…

    1. I think that the best way to start is to align yourself with an established technician.

      Do that and you will learn real quick. There are also millions of videos on youtube.

    1. I suggest you go for the one that you have natural interest in and also consider your financial capabilities and location at the moment. Because some of them cost some amount of money to learn.
      Some skills and needed more in one location than another.

  8. Thank you very much,

    The list has been informative, I have made good choices and can as well make good recommendation to others

    Once again, thank you.

    1. You will definitely make it. I wish you a massive success in you tailoring venture.
      Thanks for the feedback

  9. Oghenekaro Innocent

    Thank you so much for this article. Phone and laptop repair did not come to mind ever since. I really don’t have a good professional around me for now as I live in a riverine area. Can I still get the basic knowledge online? Thanks once again

    1. Dear Oghenekaro Innocent, I am happy that you finally found this. making up your mind on the path to follow is a huge success on its own, so i congratulate you.

      on your question, the answer is yes. personally i began my own journey online. the first step is to get some basic tools and practice as you learn.
      you can always find damaged gadgets to learn disassembling which is naturally the first stage of the skill.

      again, it will be good for you to find a practicing technician for some practical knowledge, it doesn’t matter where you live because this is serious matter, so you need to everything possible to get the training you need. you want to gain knowledge that will put food on your table and ultimately give you financial independence.

      you may contact me anytime for further tips and any other assistance i can offer.

      <>congrats once more

        1. You may sign up on as a freelancer.
          Another way is to place targeted ads on social media networks.
          Graphics design is one of the most lucrative ways to make even more than 10k online.

          Just get the skill and start eating.

  10. Thank you for this helpful list. I am working on a proposed NGO part of whose aims is skills acqusition for the jobless and I am able to pick some from this list.

  11. Pls how long can it take me to learn graphics design and can I master the skill basically via online learning without necessarily needing someone to guide me.

    1. Dear Fola, Graphics design can take you about 2-3 months to master or even up to 2 years depending on how serious you are and how consistently you practice. So my advice is that you start now and don’t stop learning even when you feel like you have mastered it.
      You can learn online, since you stumbled upon this article, it is obvious that you know your way around the web, so, go ahead and explore because all the information and guidance you need is available for free online in all formats including, texts,pdf, images and videos.

      I wish you success

    1. Yes it is very advisable, in-fact it is highly recommended because as a lady, you will get lots of customers if you are proficient. Even if you charge a higher price men will still pay just to get that female touch and care.

      Hair barbing is very lucrative because men mostly barb their hair every 2 weeks. Some shave every few days. And once you do it well, they become a lifetime regular customer.

      Go ahead and learn it dear, if you are a fast learner, you can grab the skill in maybe a month and continue perfecting it from there. It is a guaranteed income source that will have you start earning almost immediately after learning it.

      Good luck Patsy, I look forward to your success story.

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