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.
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.
If you are interested in the software aspect reach out to the engineers at ifestores.com to secure a cheap and efficient UK used laptops.
They provides you with option for them to personally preload the laptop with all the required softwares and tools for the job at a token fee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17. Vehicle mechanic
19. Generator mechanic
20. Music production
21. Video editing
22. Graphic design
23. Graphic art
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
30. Pop ceiling installation
31. Solar installation
32. CCTV installation
33. Street light installation
34. Automatic gate installation
35. Electrical equipment installation and maintenance
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37. Ice cream making
40. Public speaking
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
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.
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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
66. caterpillar driving
68. shoe making and repair
This is a secret gold mine that many are yet to discover.
69. boat repairs
70. Boat building
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
- how to make easy beading bracelet at home,easy beads work>>> click here to watch the video on YouTube. learn how to bead-beading basic instructions on how to make beaded >>>click here to watch the video on YouTube.
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.
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