In Nigeria, they make up the stars that grace our screens and walk down the red carpets at awards, shows and premieres.

These celebrities have made it big as entertainers but you may not know that they do not have university degrees.

1. Ramsey Nouah

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Nouah was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo, Ondo State.

He grew up in Surulere, Lagos, where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. 

He obtained a diploma in mass communications at the University of Lagos, after which he pursued a career in acting.

He has acted in over 30 films in Nollywood and is one of the most sort after actors in the film industry.

2. Mercy Johnson-Okojie

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Mercy Johnson Okojie hails from Okene in Kogi State. She started her primary education in Calabar. Her father, being a naval officer, was later transferred to Lagos state, where she continued her education at the Nigerian Navy Primary School.

She went to Rivers State Secondary School for her secondary education in addition to the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Right after her secondary education Mercy Johnson began auditioning for movie roles.

It was her role in The Maid, that will launch her career. Mercy Johnson won the Best Actress award at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for role in comedy movie "Dumebi The Dirty Girl".

Mercy got married to Prince Odianosen Okojie in 2011 and they have 3 children.

She is presently the senior special adviser to the Kogi state governor on entertainment, arts and culture.

3. 9ice


Growing up, 9ice attended Abule Okuta Primary School and CMS Grammar School.

He dropped out from his law course at the Lagos State University to concentrate on music. 

He grew up in a polygamous home of five wives and nine children. His parents found about his singing career a year after it started around 2000. 

Before then, 9ice wrote his own songs, beginning at age 14.

He went on to be come one of the biggest musicians in Nigeria and has 6 albums under his belt.

In 2014,  he lost the primaries to contest for a seat at the Federal House of Representatives I Oyo state, he was later named as a Special Adviser to the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

4 Don Jazzy

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Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, is indeed a Don in the Nigerian music industry.

The prolific music producer and C.E.O of Mavin Records dropped out of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in his first year to make music.

Don Jazzy was born in Lagos State. His family lived in Ajegunle, Lagos where he was raised.

He was educated at the co-educational high school, Federal Government College Lagos in Ijaniki.

Don Jazzy found started making music at age 12.

5. Genevieve Nnaji

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Genevieve's father worked as an engineer and her mother a nursery school teacher. 

She attended the Methodist Girls College, Yaba, Lagos gained admission into the University of Lagos and dropped out after getting her first movie role.

She has since gone on to be one of the best Nigerian actress' and has been referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa.

In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood.

6. D'banj


D'banj  dropped out of school when he was in 300 Level studying Mechanical Engineering at the Lagos State University.

The singer-songwriter and businessman is one of the continent's leading artistes.

He has won several music awards, including: Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artiste of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act - Africa at the 2011 BET Awards and Best-selling African Artiste at the 2014 World Music Awards and the Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

7. Wizkid


Wizkid started singing at 11. He was then known as Lil Prinz, he released a track album entitled "Lil Prinz" in 2001.

He was once coached and mentored by Naeto C and the late OJB Jezreel when he was 15.

After signing to Banky W's EME label, his career evolved.

He left Banky to start Starboy records and now he is signed to a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment in the United states-RCA Records.

He dropped out of Lead City University in his second year.

8. 2Face Idibia

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2Face Idibia never got to complete his education.

The crooner attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. Then he enrolled at the Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and Management.

Music was in his soul and he could not hold back the urge to share his talent with the rest of the world.

He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artistes in Africa. 

2Face has received- one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award.

In addition 2 Baba has on his shelf four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award and one KORA award.

9. Bisola Aiyeola


The first runner up of the Big Brother Naija Reality TV show, and "Skinny Girl In Transit" actress said she could not afford the bribe that several universities required from her to get admission - so she never went.

At a point in her life, she felt the world was against her and education wasn't for her.

She wrote and passed Jamb in 2013, but unfortunately, she was once again asked to bring 250,000 naira to make it count.

So, she gave up on her dream to get tertiary education.

If she doesn't tell you, you would never know.