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.
You may also checkout our special categorized list of links below the post.


Skills example-beadwork
Bead necklaces and bracelets by Etsy best fashion palace Asaba Delta state Nigeria.


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List of 150 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 on line, 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.

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3. Playing music instruments

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

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.
You may need both online and offline tutorial to be proficient in this field.

5. Carpentry

6. Driving

7. Masonry

8. Brick laying

9. Web design

10. Phone Application development

11. Software programming

12. Massaging

13. Snacks baking

14. Cake making

15. Hair dressing

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 levelof 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 simplests 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 requiremen.

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. Vulcanizing

50. Television repairs

51. Radio repairs

52. Telecommunication mast installation and maintenance

53. Truck driving

54. Caterpillar driving

55. Event location decoration

56. Photography


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57. Costuming

58. Make up artist

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

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 know any more skill or handwork that should be on this list kindly share in the comment section.
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20 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. Thanks so much have chosen my own which is a bricks laying business is a profitable and very marketable job

  3. 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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