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#OtvFACTS: 10 Most Popular Celebrities Who Made It Without University Degrees



This piece is not aimed at discrediting any of these stars,
neither is it aimed at encouraging people not to acquire
university education.
These stars haven’t acquired university degrees or their
equivalent. Some were at the university but had to drop out
due to reasons best known to them.
But their inability to successfully acquire a degree in any
discipline hasn’t prevented them from climbing to the top of
their chosen careers.
Most of them speak fluent English, even more than some of
their colleagues that are graduates, not to talk of those that
are half baked graduates that can’t express themselves in
simple but correct English.
With the way some of these stars carry themselves and also
comport themselves, you wouldn’t know that they are not
yet graduates without being told.
It’s necessary to point out that the value of higher education
cannot be over emphasised. Education is a desideratum and
these stars are aware of it too.
Interestingly, even though they have made it without
possessing higher degrees, they still appreciate the value of
education and still have the desire to go back to school
some day.
Talents may not be enough; so it’s still good to pursue
higher education while maximising one’s talent. For the fact
that it worked out for them even without acquiring university
degrees or its equivalent, doesn’t mean it may work out for
others. So higher education is still a desideratum.
With the high rate of unemployment in the country, talent
becomes a tool for self empowerment for some people after
Here are top entertainers that have been able to make it
even without university degrees or its equivalent.
She is a super star, classy, hot and beautiful. No doubt,
she’s vividly intelligent too and has a very good command of
the English language. But Ms Nnaji hasn’t been able to
acquire a Tertiary education, even several years after saying
that she would go back to school. Although it is not late yet.
Below is an excerpt from her interview years ago where she
spoke about her educational background:
Let’s have your bio-data. People don’t seem to know much
about you?
“I’m from Aboh-Mbaise in Imo State. I went to Kemistar
Nursery and Primary School, Surulere; Methodist Girls High
School, followed by one in Ikeja. I kept on moving. But
ended up at Girls Secondary School, Akwakuma in Owerri,
Imo State.
Why have you not furthered your education?
Life is not the same for everybody. Some people are so
lucky, they come out of secondary school and they go
straight to university because they have the back-up of
people and it’s so easy. It looks simple…mine was different.
But I’m determined. Definitely, I’m gonna go back to school.
I wanted to make money, I love my money, I cherish my
own money. So, I will go back when I’ve made enough. But
even while I’m there, I won’t stop working.
She’s the hottest and most sought after actress at the
moment in Nollywood. She is intelligent, speaks fluently and
delivers her roles flawlessly. But Mercy dropped out from
the university to concentrate on her chosen career. She
however expressed her desire to go back to school soon.
Excerpt from her interview:
Growing Up & education tell me about your childhood. What
was growing up like?
I was a tomboy. I am the fourth child from a family of seven
children. The first four are girls and the last three are boys
so I actually moved a lot with my brothers, climbing trees
and stuff like that. We didn’t get everything we wanted but
we got everything we needed. I’m from a very humble
background, a Christian family. My Dad is an ex-military
officer and we basically grew up in a Military environment. I
attended Navy Primary and Secondary Schools until I went
to the Lagos State University before I deferred.
What were you studying at the University and why did you
choose to defer your studies?
I was studying English and I deferred at the time I was
moving to my 200 Level. I was sort of very busy with my
career, acting here and there, making money and it got into
my head. But I’d love to go back to school.
To Lagos State University?
No. I’d love to take up some acting lessons or study a
course in Acting since that is what I’m into.
Your profile on Wikipedia says you got into acting because
you failed your University Entrance Examinations. Also,
there were some reports about you leaving school because
you weren’t so good with your academics. Are these reports
I banged my JAMB, yeah that is true. I had to write JAMB
twice. But it is not true that I wasn’t good with my
academics. I didn’t have issues with passing my exams at
Van is a top actor in both Nollywood and Ghollywood. He is
a respected actor who speaks fluently. But Van said one of
his greatest regrets was his inability to acquire a university
Hear him:
So what were your ambitions while growing up?
“I always wanted to be a doctor but never had a chance to,
because I never went to university after my secondary
education, which is one thing I regret. Right now, I am taking
some marketing courses at the university.
He’s a super star actor with class and speaks the English
language flawlessly. But Ramsey is not a university
graduate and he recently confirmed that in an interview.
The Koko master is one of the leading musicians in Africa.
He is on top of his career, clinching awards from left, right
and centre.
D’banj stopped school at his 300 level. He was studying
Mechanical Engineering at that time.
A few years ago when rave of the moment, Wizkid dropped
out of Lead City University in his second year, not a few
thought he made the wrong decision.
Although he chose to follow the music path,the artiste,
whose real name is Ayo Balogun, does not underestimate
the importance of education.
‘’I don’t regret stopping school for a bit because it did give
me all the time to push and work on my music. I’m definitely
going back to school. Education is very necessary and I hold
it in high esteem.’’
He is making waves in the Nigerian music industry.
He chose music over his university education.
Hear him:
“…my parents never wanted me to sing. They wanted me to
goto school. My mum wanted me to be a banker. I tried but
book no gree enter myhead. It wasn’t my fault and no be by
force, because all I wanted to do was music then. Because I
love and have passion for music and being in music is no
He is a super star singer. He had indicated his desire to go
back to the university to study law.
SUI: You once told me that you would
like to go back to school to study
law, do you still have plans to do
Tuface: Yes, I want to do that. I can’t say when
exactly, maybe in the next two or three years?
But I’m definitely going to do that.”
He appears to be the hottest Yoruba actor. The Yoruba
movie actor, Odunlade Adekola, who has difficulty in relating
well in English language aside Yoruba is now a 100 level
Part-Time undergraduate of the University of Lagos, UNILAG
studying Business Administration. Odunlade, an Abeokuta-
based actor always interpret his scripts very well,to the
delight and enjoyment of movie buffs. He has proven his
mettle in the industry, as a damn good actor, and this has
earned him several awards and endorsement from a number
of multinational companies.
He’s a brand ambassador for telecommunication giant, Glo
and also to Ekiti State, while his face also has graced many
advert billboards in Ogun State on Taxation by the State
All things being equal, In another four years from now,
Odunlade Adekola will be a University graduate.
He is one of the wave making musicians in the country and
in Africa. He said he’s not a graduate yet, that he still has
one more year to graduate.
Music sensation and BET awards winner, Davido (David
Adedeji Adeleke), had cleared the air on the rumour that he
was one of the new graduates from Babcock University,
stressing that he only attended the ceremony to celebrate
with a friend.The artiste was forced to make the clarification
following accusation that he graduated without writing any
examination in the school.
Davido took to twitter to explain his side of the story.



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