Education is the key to success. But seems upcoming Celebrities and Entertainers in Nigeria think otherwise. And they Believe, that its only after the have gotten the money and fame , then the will consider Education. Just to tell you how important education is, i made a list of Nigerian Celebrities who were graduates before fame, Before the became popular. There are Lots of them but we will only take 15 of them.
GRADUATE OF: Law
Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz is a Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter.He however has a degree in Law and has been called to the bar after attending law school.He Obtained LLB degree from the University of Reading in the UK. He went to the Nigerian Law school: Though he started recording some tracks as every upcoming Music act should do, still he graduated before he became popular.
2) JIM IYKE
GRADUATE OF: Banking And Finance
He was born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon. His parents are Mr and Mrs Stephen Okolue, whose last name changed to Esomugha from Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State. He is the only boy in a family of eight children.
Jim Iyke studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State where he got a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a B.Sc. in Philosophy.
3) KISS DANIELS
GRADUATE OF: WATER ENGINEERING
(Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering)
Kiss Daniel was born Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe in Ogun state, Nigeria. He hails from Abeokuta North local government area. He graduated from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in 2013 with a degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering). He started his music career professionally 2013 after his tertiary education.
GRADUATE OF: Theater Arts/Dramatherapy
Ayo Makun (Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y) is a multi-award winning Nigerian actor, comedian, radio and T.V presenter, actor, writer, director and MC. Ayo Makun attended Delta State University, Abraka. He graduated (after spending nine years) in 2003 as the most celebrated theatre arts student.
GRADUATE OF: Law
Omawumi was born to Chief Dr. Frank and Mrs. Aya Megbele on 13 April 1982. She attended Nana Primary School during her pupilage, and later attended the College of Education Demonstration Secondary School. She graduated from Ambrose Alli University with a Law degree in 2005. Omawumi rose to prominence as a contestant on Idols West Africa. Omawumi, with her strong voice and out-going personality, was voted the 1st runner-up of the competition when it ended in May 2007.
6) TIWA SAVAGE
GRADUATE OF: Music & Business Administration
Tiwatope Savage-Balogun (born 5 February 1980), better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She is currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a songwriter. Savage signed a recording contract with Mavin Records in 2012. After graduating with a degree in Business administration from the University of Kent she also enrolled at Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in professional music at the age of 27
7) INI EDO
GRADUATE OF: Theater Arts/Dramatherapy
Ini Edo is a Nigerian actress. she was announced as judge for the Miss Black Africa Uk Pageant. She graduated from the University of Uyo where she got a Diploma in Theatre Arts. She also completed her Bachelors Degree program at the University of Calabar where she studied English.
8) BANKY W
GRADUATE OF: Engineering
Olubankole Wellington aka Banky W, the Empire Mates Entertainment –EME- boss was born in the US to Nigerian parents who later relocated to Nigeria when he was 5.
It was after studying at the Home Science Association Secondary School, Lagos that he moved to New York to study industrial engineering on scholarship.
9) DR SID
GRADUATE OF: Dental Surgery
Sidney Onoriode Esiri (born 1 May 1980 in Ikeja, Lagos state, Nigeria), known commonly as, Dr SID is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and dentist, who is a descent of Delta state raised in Lagos. His mother a successful fashion designer and his father the legendary actor Justus Esiri. However his life took a different course graduating from the Nigerian Air force Secondary school ikeja, SID went on to the University of Ibadan (UI) to study Dental Surgery.
10) KATE HENSHAW
GRADUATE OF: MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY
Kate Henshaw, also credited as Kate Henshaw-Nuttall (born 19 July 1971), is a Nigerian actress. she spent one year at the University of Calabar reading remedial studies, and then majored in Medical Microbiology at the School of Medical Lab Science, LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital) in Lagos. Henshaw worked at the Bauchi State General hospital.
11) BOVI UGBOMA
GRADUATE OF: Theatre Arts
Bovi Ugboma (born September 25, 1979) is a Nigerian comedian. A director, producer, actor, and writer from Delta State, Nigeria. He attended secondary school at Ughelli Northern in Delta State, and proceeded to Delta State University where he studied Theatre Arts.
12) STEPHANIE LINUS OKEREKE
GRADUATE OF: English and Literary Studies.
Stephanie Linus (born Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke; 2 October 1982) is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. .She studied at the University of Calabar, in Cross River State, where she graduated with a degree in English and Literary Studies.
13) Naeto C
GRADUATE OF: Biolgy(B.sc) / Energy Studies
Naetochukwu Chikwe (born 17 December 1982), stage name Naeto C, is a Nigerian rapper, Afrobeat artist and record producer. Naeto C graduated in 2004 from the George Washington University with a BSc. in Biology, intending to go study further and become a medical doctor. In 2010 Naeto pursued a MSc in Energy Studies at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
14) STELLA DAMASCUS
GRADUATE OF: Theater arts
Stella Damasus (born April 24, 1978) is a Nigerian actress and singer. Damasus is a Theatre arts graduate of the University of Lagos.
GRADUATE OF: Biology and Psychology
Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di’Ja, is a Sierra Leonean Nigerian singer, visual artist and songwriter. At a young age, Di’Ja committed herself to academia and earned a double degree in Biology and Psychology. After earning the aforementioned degrees, Di’Ja found passion in music, art and philosophy.
We have lots and lots of Nigerian celebrities who were graduates before fame, But we will just take this. just to prove to you that no matter what you do in life Education matters – Music and Acting Not Excluded.