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My Money Mistake: I Used My School Fees To Impress A Lady



My Money Mistake is a weekly PiggyVest series that explores the worst money mistakes real Nigerians have made, and the lessons they learnt from it.

For this week’s episode of My Money Mistake, we spoke to a 21-year-old student who used his school fees to buy gifts for a lady he liked. He tells us about how it happened and why it ended up being unnecessary.

Could you tell me about your money mistake?

I had just met this lady in my school and I was trying really hard to get her attention because I wanted her to be my girlfriend.

Her birthday was approaching, but the only money I had on me was for my school fees. I’m self-sponsored, so I had worked really hard to save up my fees. But I wanted to make a big gesture on her birthday, so I used that money to buy her a phone, a gift basket, and some other things.

LMAO. What?! What were you thinking?

I wasn’t really thinking. I just liked this person, and I wanted to make an impression. I’m a sucker for grand romantic gestures, and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to do something for her birthday.

How much are we talking about?

₦200k. I think reality dawned on me after the expense. If I wanted to spend the money so badly, I could’ve given it to my parents or my siblings or someone who really needed the money. Or I could’ve just paid my school fees. But I didn’t.

So what happened with the school fees debt?

Well, I still had to pay that. I couldn’t tell my parents about it, and I didn’t have anything on me after the gift. So I had to start hustling for my school fees. Thankfully, I have rich friends, so I reached out to them and begged them to contribute to my school fees, and they did.

Lucky for you! What’s up with both of you now?

We’re dating now.

It eventually paid off then, yeah?

I mean, sort of. But it could’ve gone the other way and the loss would’ve hurt even more.

Also, I later found out that she’s not the type to be thrilled by extravagant expenses. So while she appreciated the gifts, it didn’t matter as much to her as I thought it would. Now, we just laugh about how ridiculous it was.

Have there been any of those kinds of gestures after that?

Not with my school fees. I’m never doing that again. But because we’re dating now, I plan for her along with other things. We know we’re both students and I’m self-sponsored, so there isn’t any expectation of extravagance.

What did you learn from that experience?

I think because we ended up together it’s harder to think about it in that way, but I know I should’ve been smarter with the money I had. I also learnt that using money to impress someone you like is not a wise approach.


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During the visit, the Governor explored strategies for strengthening security in the state with the Army chief.

Military personnel have made several efforts to dislodge security threats from the state.

The Army chief reiterated that the operations will be sustained to keep the state safer for peaceful and law-abiding residents.

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Football is coming home! UK & Republic of Ireland set to host Euro 2028 as Turkey withdraw bid



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Turkey’s withdrawal from the 2028 bidding process means that the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid will now run unopposed. Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of the delayed 2020 European Championship, but the UK has not hosted an entire major tournament since 1996.

Both bids will require official approval at a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday. An official statement from UEFA read: “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”

If approved, then Euro 2028 will be hosted in the UK and Ireland. Among the ten proposed stadiums are Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as the currently unbuilt Bramley Moore Dock stadium in Liverpool and Casement Park in Belfast

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Messi makes decision on when he will leave Inter Miami



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Messi’s Inter Miami contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point – according to El Nacional – he will look to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina. There is an option for the World Cup winner to extend his deal with Miami for an extra year, but the report states that he wants to retire in his homeland.

Messi left Barcelona in 2021 after more than two decades at the club, having joined the Spanish giants from Newell’s as a 13-year-old. He snubbed a return to Camp Nou when he left Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, and it now looks like a fairy tale return to Barca is never going to happen.

Messi scored 10 goals in his first seven games for David Beckham’s Miami franchise, but he has spent the past month injured. He will play a farewell match at Barcelona at some point, even if he does not return to play for the club

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