How to Make Money as a Nigerian Writer in Today’s Digital Age- An Interview with Nicholas Godwin

One question most people ask you when you introduce yourself as a writer in Nigeria today is Who writing epp? Truth is its a rhetorical question that sums up the frustration of many young people today who have a flair for writing and hoped it will be more lucrative when they set off to pursue it. If you are in that category, wondering how to make money as a Nigerian writer in today’s digital age, then you are about to have an Eureka moment. Take your time to digest what is perhaps our most exciting and informative interview on CreativeNaija yet. It is our pleasure to introduce you to a young man quietly making waves as genius, maverick and entrepreneur rolled into one. Enjoy!!!

 

Can you kindly tell us about yourself?

My name is Nicholas, surnamed Godwin. I don’t identify with any political, religious, or social groups. I’m just a human being; a curious human being.
I currently hold the Nigerian passport, but I’m in the process of gaining citizenship of other countries, and then global citizenship eventually. I was born in eastern Nigeria to parents who genetically gave me lots of melanin, so it turns out I’ll be classified an African.
By age four, my parents brought me to grow up in Western Nigeria where I went through the
conventions of formal education. Primary school, secondary school, and then the University.
At fourteen, I gained the honor of being orphaned. I see being an orphan as life’s medal of
independence if you’ve not attained the age of freedom of choice in your country.
Sadly, Nigeria doesn’t have adequate support systems for people without parents. So I’ve been
fortunate to see the sufferings and joys of living on my terms from age 14. I paid my way through the University.
As a teenager, my music band had won an international music contest in Tennessee, USA. That
victory landed us many shows and gave us airing on TV, radio, and prints in Nigeria, USA, and the
UK. That success almost got me convinced that music would be my only life’s path. I travelled that
road for ten years before coming to terms with the polymath in me.
I dropped out of the University in my final year when I got tired of sniffing weevils at the University
lab. I hate school, but I love learning. I’ve since read hundreds of books and taken tens of courses
from some of the best teachers in the world. I’ve also experimented with a wide range of ideas and
ideologies, ranging from open relationships to polyamory, subjective reality to lucid dreaming, and
more.
I learned HTML and web design on my own and built my first website the year before I left school. I
have since created more than ten websites and managed seven of them.
After years of developing and managing websites, I found love with SEO writing and advanced
internet research (using Boolean Operators and other techniques). I’ve since been fortunate to work
on projects for the likes of IBM, AT&T, Microsoft, Shell, Bloomberg BETA, PwC, Deloitte, HP,
Edelman, and hundreds of corporations and start-ups from across the globe.
I regularly write on technology hacks for Singapore based MTE , and I’ve recently started maintaining a blog, Tech Content Labs . Whenever I get a relevant inspiration, I also write for Arianna Huffington’s ThriveGlobal.com .

My curiosity has led me to study the Bible from start to finish a number times – at least three times. I attended distant learning Bible schools from the USA and dropped in on one of the best local Bible schools in Nigeria. I also explored Islamic beliefs, read the Quran and studied other religions for years.
After following my curiosity, I’ve adopted a life philosophy that seems to work nicely for me. My life’s philosophy is to pursue ONLY provable, probable, and verifiable claims. I consider anything that restricts or refutes curious exploration as false or unsafe.
I still consider religion a necessary part of human existence. It’s a part of processing our curiosities.

Can you please tell us a bit more about what you do? What it means and how it works
(Ghotswriting, TechWriting etc)

My job is telling stories that my clients’ audiences love; stories that grow these clients’ profits. As
long as I craft articles that readers engage with and then take actions that directly or indirectly lead
to sales, I’m golden. Everything else is a matter of semantics.
If you’re too new to web writing and want to learn about the different types of writing out there, then use Google to find answers – there’s an abundance of quality answers on there. Albeit, the common types of writing here are:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) writing: This is writing that’s designed to rank on the search engines – Google, Bing, etc. – following specific SEO rules.

Ghostwriting: This is writing for which you don’t gain attribution in spite of being the originator of the content. Someone else takes credit for your work. This happens all the time. CEOs and high-flying execs are busy, so they’d hire you to write for them and then put their names on these articles. Ghostwritten articles are usually more expensive than attributed articles.

You may also define your writing by your industry of interest or focus. So you could be a tech writer
because you cover tech topics, or fashion writer, or political writer, or health and wellness writer, or
marketing writer, or business writer, or relationship writer, or dog writer. Anything!
If this is something you’d want to dive deep into, then read here , here and here about the different
types of writing you can do online. Of course, it goes beyond written content so you can produce
other types of content too .

 

Do you mind telling us how lucrative it is? If you don’t mind, give specifics on how much money a committed young person in Nigeria can make from these ventures

It’s lucrative for committed people. The keyword being COMMITTED.
A friend who got started in December 2016 has been able to grow his monthly income to over
US$1000 every month. In Nigeria, that’s a lot of money – that’s over ₦360,000 (three hundred and
sixty thousand Naira). He made US$150 his first month.
These results are not typical.
I know of another person who made nothing in her first four months and has since been earning
between US$2500 to US$4500 monthly from her fifth month on to her first year. Another friend made US$1000 in his first three weeks of freelance writing and have since maintained an earning of over US$2000 monthly.
My friend and mentor Bamidele Onibalusi of Writers In Charge earns well into the five-figures mark
monthly. That’s well over US$10,000 monthly. I also know of people who make over US$50,000
every month with their writing.
Results are not typical. As you gain experience and stay committed, you’ll grow. But my work has
been way more lucrative than any other job I am aware of in Nigeria (apart from holding public or
political offices). I conveniently earn more than 200 percent of what most professors make in Nigeria.
I once checked with a bank manager friend who heads a branch of the bank in Nigeria and found out that I earned more than 150 percent his monthly pay! This guy has been on the job for nearly ten years!
I haven’t been writing for more than a few years. Following my growth so far, in ten years (or less),
I’d conveniently command six-figures (i.e. over US$100,000) monthly income. I guess that’s pretty
lucrative.

 

Kindly write as extensively as you can on the following topic- “How to make money as a young Nigerian writer in Today’s Digital age”(as applicable to both fiction and non-fictional writers)

Making money online as a writer of fiction or nonfiction is both comfortable and hard – and harder if you’re a Nigerian. Unfortunately, Nigeria has a poor reputation, so you have a sturdy wall to climb.
However, if you do what I’ll show you here, you’ll increase your chances of success.

Polish your English
You can’t make it as a writer if you speak or write poorly. Duh.
But this is what you’ll most likely ignore. You’ll overestimate your ability to deliver quality writing.
Don’t.

Take web writing courses with successful writers, who happen to be great teachers too. Trust me,
that combination is hard to find.
Your goal is to speak and write at native-speaker level. Native speakers are people from the US,
Canada, UK (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland), British Islands and territories,
Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. South Africa and Singapore get counted in at times.
You want your English language to be as good as people from these countries, and you should also
understand their cultures as your writing will need to reflect this attribute too.
Use Google to find suitable resources and PDFs on writing like a native English speaker. Use these
resources:

● 7 Skill-Perfecting Tips for Non-Native English Writers
How to write like a native English speaker
Tips for writing sentences like a native speaker

 

Find or develop a skill

You won’t write in a vacuum. You’ll write based on your skills and experiences; if you have no talents
develop one. Skills that get plenty of writing opportunities include:
Internet marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click (PPC) advertising
● Cybersecurity, privacy, and safety
● Programming and web development
● Product testing and user experience analysis
● Fashion and lifestyle
● Web design and WordPress
● App development
● Graphics designs
● Law and paralegals
● Food and nutrition
● eCommerce
● Cryptocurrencies and blockchain
● Technology
● Database development and management
● Pets and animal care
● Human resources and career development
● Sports
● Outdoors: Hunting, fishing, camping, etc
● Relationships
● Fiction and storytelling
And lots of other skills. If you haven’t developed any specific skills, you’ll need to do so.

Do something

Put your skill or set of skills to work. Get out and do something. What you want to do here is gain
firsthand, real-world experience of your skill. Specific ways to do this:
● Volunteer with a charity
● Work for free at a company
● Apprentice with a successful professional or influencer
● Conduct personal experiments
● Enter for a competition or contest
● Join a union or association and get active there
Doing something with your skill gives credentials to the skill and gives you both the experiences to
write from and the authority to gain listeners.

Build a blog
Now, take all you’ve learned and put them on a blog. Write a content-rich website or find a site that’s willing to publish your materials in your name and write with them. You can even start with
Medium.com – it’s free to signup with them.

Find writing opportunities
Now that you have a blog, and have some high-quality articles under your belt, start pitching clients
for jobs. Find businesses within your area of focus and let them know that you are available for work.

Pay me to teach you
Truth is you can’t learn this in one article. You’ll need one on one coaching, and I can help with that.
Albeit, my time is precious. I’m NOT accepting students unless you’ll pay well enough to justify the
time I’ll be spending with you.
If you choose to go with my mentoring sessions, we can hold it over Skype or WhatsApp. So no
need to travel or leave what you’re already doing. So if you’re game for some mentoring, then hit
me:  hello@techwriteresearcher.com

 

Anything else you would like to add? or tell young people out there who aspire to make it in your line of work?
My line of work is going to stress you. So do NOT do it.
Unless you’ve seen the opportunity. Don’t write for pay. It pays only after you’ve been stressed.
In short, this isn’t a quick way to earn money. So think long-term and be ready for the
COMMITMENT.
The money will only follow after you’ve been through the stress. And if you don’t love writing, DON’T try this.

How can people get in touch with you for further information?
You can reach me via email. I rarely respond to social media messages. And my WhatsApp may not
be available all the time. Send your questions to hello@techwriteresearcher.com

 

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to be a blessing and source of inspiration to tons of young people out there who aspire to make it as writers.

Anytime bro. Anytime.

1 Comment
  1. Durotimi 3 months ago

    This is very, very good to know. I will definitely implement some of the advices here in my writing.
    Thanks bro!

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