I got a job late last year in a Nigerian startup firm as a web designer on a 150k salary. We initially had a bit of back and forth cos the boss wanted me to work onsite but I insisted on working remotely because I couldn’t afford relocation to Lagos at that time.
Over six months down the line and it has been a terrible experience. I’ve been paid just twice in 6 months, and we have not been working since the middle of last month due to a scarcity of funds. I wonder what would have been my fate if I had relocated to Lagos.
Some months we work for just two weeks or thereabout, I work beyond office hours and even during weekends. There was a period my boss would keep me awake at midnight working. I just had to comply since I haven’t been able to get another job and the freelance market isn’t smiling either. I’m constantly broke for someone that is supposed to be earning 150k, even though it’s not much but it should be able to sustain a single guy.
I’m really confused at this point cos I feel very much unemployed. My boss would read my messages on WhatsApp and lock up. I’ve asked him to update me on what’s going on because I feel jobless and left in the cold. He viewed the message without a reply. I don’t know how to proceed from this point and would appreciate any advice now because I am slowly sliding into depression.