Before the glitz and glamour, some of our Nigerian celebrities had some
crazy jobs most of us wouldn’t be caught pants down doing.
From Mercy Johnson who worked as a maid to John Okafor ‘Mr Ibu’ who was a
butcher, hairdresser and firewood seller, below are 10 Nigerian
celebrities with crazy jobs before stardom:
Nollywood actor, model, and voice over artiste Joseph Benjamin was once a
bus conductor, bakery worker, security guard and shoe seller before he
He was once reported saying, “I’ve moved from being a bus conductor,
security guard, waiter, worked in a Bakery, sold shoes at Balogun; then
moved into IT before acting.”
ordinary plantain seller on the streets of Port-Harcourt.
Remember his popular song, ‘Plantain Boy’? Well, that was actually a
true story about the singer’s struggles before hitting fame.
In 2000, while Don Jazzy was in London. His uncle had invited him to
play the drums for the local church. He also gained employment at
McDonalds and as a security guard.
According to him, he was embarrassed when nobody laughed but him.
being one of the most popular dancehall artiste in Nigeria right now.
Patoranking while collecting his Headies Next Rated award in 2014 revealed he was a former bricklayer and rat poison seller.
mouth, she could barely meet her needs in school and had to beg friends
for assistance. In return, she would clean their rooms or do their
In an Instagram post sometime ago, the mum of one said, “Uni life waz so
hard for me, handouts I could not afford I beg frm hand to hand jst to
eat! Den wil be jeans @ alaba market if d jeanz is longer Dan me I will
cut it to my size n I will say iz rugged jeans! I will ask frdz for
favour b4 they help they will ask me to do somtin for dem eg clean their
room, help with course work jst to hav 2000 nair gosh.”
Peter once worked as a supermarket attendant and Paul did some
electrical repair for pay. Now, the story is much different; as they
have shows outside the country and own houses abroad.
8. Banky W – Salesboy
outlets, clothing stores and as a knife salesman, selling knives from
door to door. That way, I gathered money to pay for studio recording
time. I was recording with a close friend at that time.
Before the fame, money, expensive cars and house, Mercy Johnson was once
a housemaid. According to her, “When I recall my humble beginning, I
give thanks to God. When I remember how we moved into an uncompleted
building and had to take cover whenever it rained because of the
condition of the house; how my brother did a menial job as a bricklayer
to earn a living and i a housemaid those days when we rolled over a
stick to cover the windows up till the point when I started acting and
raised money to cover the roof.”
10. John Okafor – Firewood seller, Hair dresser, Butcher
You could call him a Jack of all trade. From being a master firewood
seller to hair dressing and working at an abattoir, John Okafor
popularly known as Mr Ibu never had it easy.
According to him, growing up was hard and he had to do several odd jobs to feed his family.