5 Nigerian Celebrities Who Ditched Their 9-5 Jobs To Chase Their Passion
It's 2018 and it's no longer completely unheard of for people to leave cushy 6-figure jobs to pursue their passion.
As a matter of fact, entrepreneurship is now the name of the game as many in Nigeria find it practically impossible to survive on only one source of income. So quite a number of people pursue a side business while working a full-time job.
Sometimes this side business eventually becomes so big, or in some cases, the passion for the side hustle becomes so overpowering, that people end up dumping their jobs all together in pursuit of it.
This is particularly rampant in the creative/entertainment sector. Quite a number of designers, movie makers and artistes had previously been engaged in the corporate sector before crossing over into entertainment.
Here are 5 of such Nigerian celebrities who ditched their 9-5 jobs to chase fame and glory in Nigeria's entertainment industry.
1. Toke Makinwa
Toke Makinwa has pretty much become a householde name in Nigeria. But before we started listening to her on the radio and stalking her Instagram feed, Toke worked a Zenith bank job while dreaming of the day she'd dine with the stars.
She eventually caught a lucky break when Rhythm FM's IK Osakioduwa gave her a chance, and the rest is history. These days if Toke isn't ushering us into the day on radio, she's chatting with us via our television screens or peppering us on the 'gram.
Looks like the move has paid off.
2. Banky W
Every wonder why Banky W is a magnet for endorsements? Probably because he had some corporate experience from his days in New York.
Before Banky W found fame in Nigeria, he worked in an engineering firm in New York. But the pull to come back home and chase his music dreams was too strong to ignore, so he made the uncertain move back.
One scary robbery incident, a cancer scare and countless other challenges later, Banky now commands a 7-figure earning power and is the face of some of the biggest brands in Nigeria including Samsung, Uber, and Ciroc.
If you didn't already know that Falz the Bahd guy is the son of legal luminary, Femi Falana, then we welcome you back from Mars where you've probably been vacationing.
But what might be news is that Falz actually worked in his father's chambers as a lawyer before he made the full plunge into music.
These days, Falz is shaking tables via music while smiling all the way to the bank.
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4. Adekunle Gold
Once upon a recent time, Adekunle Gold was a staff of e-commerce platform, Konga where he worked as a graphic designer.
After years of doing music underground in the church, he eventually caught a lucky break after Olamide signed him to YBNL. There's been no looking back for the 'Ire' singer since then.
But while Adekunle may have left his graphics designer days behind, we certainly see elements of this creativity in his outfits and videos. In his early days in mainstream music, he also thrilled fans with his incredible Photoshop skills after Photoshopping himself into several popular shots, earning him the nickname ''King of Photoshop''.
5. Deyemi Okanlawon
Before Deyemi Okanlawon became a box office favourite, he was just another corporate guy working a 9 to 5 in OLX.
After a few dabbles, he eventually decided to take the plunge and pursue acting fully.
In an interview with Bounce News, he acknowledged that the discipline of working a 9 to 5 has been one of the things that has kept him grounded in the entertainment world.