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    WOW!! See Nigerian Celebrities Who Dropped Out Of School And Still Became World Superstars


    There is an errornous belief that before you become successful in life, you must go to school and have a degree.

    It is surprising to see that a number of celebrities in Nigeria have proven otherwise as these celebrities didn’t finish school, yet they have gotten to what can be considered the peak of their career.

    Here are some of the celebrities who fall into this category.


    It is safe to say that Wizkid is one of the top three artists in Nigeria. The Nigerian singer and songwriter whose name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun dropped out of school more than once.

    First, he was said to have been rusticated from secondary school after he allegedly stole his mum’s gold and she went to the school to report him.

    He also allegedly went to Lagos State University where it was reported that he had to withdraw due to low CGPA. He then went to Lead City University where he was studying International Studies until 2010 when he dropped out and went into music. As at the time he dropped out, he was in 200L

    His song “Holla at Your Boy” is the music that brought him into the limelight and since then, Wizkid can be said to have been on top of his game.

    Genevieve Nnaji

    There is really no lie in the fact that Genevieve Nnaji, is one of Nigeria’s most talented and beautiful actresses. After secondary school, the actress proceeded to the University of Lagos and dropped out after getting her first role.

    To be candid, Genevieve is said to be one of the most successful Nollywood actresses. Interestingly, she also owns a fashion line, St. Genevieve.

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    Mercy Johnson

    If one is to make a list, Mercy Johnson would definitely make the list the most successful and highest-paid actresses in the Nigerian film industry. Her talent and shape especially is one not to go unnoticed.

    Mercy, however, mentioned that she got into the Nigerian movie industry because she failed the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) several times. So, she didn’t even go to University at all.


    D’Banj is one of the most recognized and successful artists in the Nigerian music industry. The songwriter, singer and musician whose original name is  Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo reportedly dropped out of school when he was in 300 Level while studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos. Regardless, he had made a name for himself and has won several awards as an artist.

    Don Jazzy

    If one is to mention the names of music producers in Nigeria, Don Jazzy is most likely the first name anyone would call. In fact, Don Jazzy’s record label, Mavin Records has produced a lot of the famous artists Nigeria has today.

    This exceptional music producer dropped out of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in his first year.

    2face Idibia

    In the music industry, there are legends and 2face Idibia is a legend. Innocent Ujah Idibia aka 2Baba enrolled at the Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT) after secondary school.

    Here, he did his preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and Management. He was still schooling here when he performed at school organised shows and parties.

    Eventually, 2 Baba dropped out to pursue his music career. He also mentioned that a particular incident was his drive to leave school. He said;

    “I got robbed sometime in school. All the 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 the music.

    I actually confessed to my parents. I told them the truth that I am not going back to school.


    9ice can be considered a senior artist in Nigeria who just like the others listed dropped out of school. Abolore Adegbola Akande popularly known as 9ice was a student of Lagos State University where he was studying Law before he dropped out to concentrate on music.

    The fact that all of these people were successful despite having dropped out of school doesn’t change the fact that education is very important. What is important is that you know your onions.

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