In the Nigerian entertainment scene, only about 5 of every 100 were born into fame.
A lot of them had to prove that they were worthy of popular status by going the extra mile and trying to excel at what they did.
We look at what your favourite Nigerian celebrities were doing to make ends meet before they shot up to the stars.
Before venturing into Nollywood full time, Kunle Afolayan worked as a banker but dumped the job to concentrate on his first love which is film-making.
Bovi once worked as a news reporter. This was during his NYSC days which he did at the Nigeria Television Authority in Lokoja, Kogi state. After this, he became Richard Mofe Damijo’s personal assistant.
Noble started off with Virgin Nigeria Airways as a customer service officer in 2005 but moved to the Marketing Department in 2006. He moved to 141Worldwide, an advertising firm and finally resigned from paid employment on April 1, 2011, to start The 360 Nobs Group.
After graduating in 2005, she moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where she worked for her family’s law firm called “O.S Megbele & Associates”
If you pay attention to the lyrics of his song, you’ll know what he was doing before the fame. Timaya used to be a plantain hawker.
Popular actor, John Okafor otherwise known as Mr Ibu didn’t just wake up and hit it big. Before his rise to fame, he sold firewood and served as a butcher and hair stylist.
After the loss of her stepfather, Eku returned to Nigeria to work in her mother’s restaurant, the Chardonnay Restaurant and Bar, so that her mother could focus on her career as an interior designer.
It is safe to say that popular actor and presenter of the popular MTN Project Fame West Africa show has tried his hands on everything. Joseph has moved from being a bus conductor to being a security guard, waiter, worked in a bakery, sold shoes at Balogun before moving to IT then acting.
RnB superstar previously worked at fast food outlets, clothing stores and as a knife salesman selling knives from door to door. This was how he gathered money to pay for studio recording.
Seems he was on the path to comedy all along! Before being a comedian, actor, and producer, he served as personal assistant to Nigeria’s standup comedy pioneer, Ali Baba.
Nigerian controversial blogger, Linda keeps sharing her success story wherever she has the opportunity to. Prior to being a model, Linda had to work as a waitress selling beer from 1 pm to 10 pm.
The popular actress and mother of three used to be a housemaid before joining the movie industry.
Peter and Paul Okoye
The twin brothers who studied at the University of Jos were not born with a silver spoon. Peter used to work as a sales boy in a supermarket while Paul was an electrician.
D’banj began doing menial jobs and soon took up a job as a security guard at a construction site in Stratford, UK where he met someone who introduced him to the JJC and 419 squad.
Dancehall artiste, Patoranking while receiving an award in 2014 revealed that he was formerly a bricklayer and sold rat poison.
Don Jazzy previously worked as a security guard at McDonalds