The minimum wage challenge is an initiative first used in the U.S. in 2014. It was a call for all elected officials and community members to live on Florida’s minimum wage of $8.05 an hour for 5 days and document the experience on social media. The reason behind this was that some felt the need for the minimum wage to be increased and what better way to convey this message to the “men in power” than to make them experience what it felt like to live with that as an income for a month. Since then, it has been kept in the wraps until May, 2016 when former Florida Democratic Party Chair and Candidate for Congress District Bob Poe, announced that he will take on the Minimum Wage Challenge.
The minimum wage in Nigeria is 18,000 naira and despite the rumours of an impending review and possible upgrade to 45,000, Nigerians are not keeping their hopes up just yet. Former NLC leader, Oshiomhole said that N200 to one US Dollar means Nigerian workers are earning just meagre income of $90 per month at the current N18,000 minimum wage, The Union reports, but that was before the Naira to Dollar relationship became what it is now.
As a result of this, Popular Nigerian OAP and to a fair point, social media influencer @Osi_suave took to twitter and decided to live on 18,000 a month. I mean, if Ben Murray-Bruce could get us purchasing indigenous stuff all from the comfort of his internet enabled smartphone, surely we can get the likes of him to take the Minimum Wage Challenge.
My car came back from the mechanic so had to drive home. Spent 2000 naira on 3.5gb of data today— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) July 13, 2016
Balance of N15,600#MinimumWageChallenge
I have eggs at home so if I buy bread for 300naira and fry eggs I shld b able to have dinner & still have N15,300 left#MinimumWageChallenge— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) July 13, 2016
And he is ready to give you a hand if you are willing to join him.
Pls who is going to VGC from Ikoyi need to hitch a ride home #MinimumWageChallenge— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) July 13, 2016
Poor Osi even got a little motivation from IK.
You have 30 days to go.You should try saving some even. So you can't spend the entire 18k. May the force be with you https://t.co/YwQlivVZQ5— Olo Osakioduwa (@O_Osakioduwa) July 12, 2016
Okay, sorry, this is funny.
#MinimumWageChallenge— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) July 12, 2016
Who send me
Where can I get good food for 300naira ? 😢😢
Barely two days in and Osi is already losing his mind. I know a lot of you would read this and dismiss it without giving it a second thought and I was going to ask for us to all get involved but then again, most of us already live this life unknowingly and I know that no amount of involvement can make elected officials here take this challenge and see it truthfully but it’s worth a shot.
If you feel inspired to take on this challenge, feel free to do so and document your experience online to help spread the word... 18,000 a month is just not going to cut it.