The exit of some people out of high school or college owe to quite understandable reasons that are tied to real-life situations and demands. Here is a look at some of these reasons. Below is a list of successful celebrities that have shown to the world that they can make it without a university degree. According to reports, some were at the university but had to drop out due to certain reasons.
1. Genevieve Nnaji:
Genevieve Nnaji (born 3 May 1979) is a popular name in the Nollywood industry. She is one of the most successful actress in Nigeria. Despite being a very intelligent and successful woman, she did not acquire a university degree, even after saying would go back to school for several years. Apart from acting, Genevieve owns a fashion line St.Genevieve, launched in May 2008.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990), well known as Wizkid is a popular song writer and singer.According to reports, he started singing at 11years as Lil Prinz. However, he started his music career fully with Banky W’s music group, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) in 2009. Wizkid dropped out of Lead City University in his second year because of his music career, hoping to continue later.
9ice (born Alexander Abolore Adegbola Adigun Alapomeji Ajifolajifaola,on 17 January 1980) is a popular indigenous singer. 9ice who is now a politician attended Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School, and dropped out from his Law course at the Lagos State University to concentrate on music.
On his achievements so far, 9ice won the Revelation of the Year award and the Best Male Vocal Performer at the 2008 edition of the Hip Hop World Awards held in Nigeria.
4. Mercy Johnson:
Mercy Johnson (born in Lagos on 28 August 1984) is a popular Nollywood star. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood. Mercy Johnson Okojie revealed that she got into the Nigerian movie industry because she failed the university entrance exams (JAMB) several times.
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’banj, born 9 June 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. Dbanj is one of the leading musicians in Africa. He reportedly dropped out of school when he was in 300Level (Mechanical Engineering).
6. Don Jazzy:
Michael Collins Ajere popularly known as Don Jazzy is one of the famous Nigerians who did not need education to achieve success. The prolific music producer and C.E.O of Mavin Records dropped out of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in his first year.
7. Tuface Idibia:
Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as 2face attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. He enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and Management. While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career.
Tuface spoke in an interview about how an incident where he was robbed devastated and led to his decision to leave school to face music. “I got robbed sometime in school. All my audio cassettes that I recorded they took them. I was sad for like a year plus. I dropped out and I am like look I am not continuing this thing I am going to follow music, I actually confessed to my parents.
I told them the truth that I am not going back to school. I am going to Lagos, Festac town. All this waka wey I dey talk so, na molue staff, sometimes na fight we go fight. Them go pursue us from bus” he said.