Celebrities who were poor – Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story, especially when it involves a celebrity. There’s something about knowing that with hard work and a dream, one is able to overcome even the most dismal of circumstances.
Before they were bright and shiny Nigerian stars, these celebrities came from humble beginnings. Yet with their talent, hard work, and dedication to a shared dream, these celebrities persevered against all odds, rewriting their destinies to include fame, success, and net-worths beyond their wildest dreams. Here are 5 celebrities whose fortunes prove they paved their own way along the walk of fame.
Wizkid’s name is synonymous with success. With a career spanning over 10 years, Wizkid has managed to keep her finger on the pulse of Africa’s music industry, turning everything she touches into gold. But wizkid’s story did not start out a fairytale; he had to work hard for it.
In 2018, Wizkid became one of the Highest Paid Artists for Bookings in the World, as he performs at a Royal l Wedding at one of the world’s top private residences, Umaid Bhawan Palace in India. Wizkid was reportedly paid 50 million Rupees ($681,200, N245.9 million.
Wizkid was born into a poor family background, although his parents were civil servants but they were still poor as they could not afford some basic needs at home. Wizkid grew up in Ojuelegbe, a part of Surulere in Lagos State.
In a bid to free his family from poverty Wizkid started visiting the studio regularly and showcasing his talents through freestyling and music challenge. Unlike some artists that were born with “golden spoons” and had billions in their accounts even before venturing into music, Wizkid was not thatf fortunate He literally became a studio rat; he ate and slept in popular studios in pursuit of his dreams. But today he has becom very successful.
Apart from music, Wizkid streams a considerable percentage of his wealth from leading corporations such as MTN, Pepsi, and TECNO.
2. Don Jazzy
Michael Collins Ajereh is popularly known as ‘Don Jazzy’ and one of the richest music producer in Africa.
Don Jazzy is widely famous and loved for his artistry. He is a founding star at Mavins Record, which is sometimes called Supreme Mavin Dynasty.
Don Jazzy has been inspiring generations for decades now and is greatly admired in the continent, which bows to his solo and collabo music releases. Don Jazzy who grew up in the slum of Ajegunle is now living a life of too much money.
3. Mark Angel
Mark Angel is famous Nigerian YouTube celebrity and a comedian He was born and raised in Port Harcourt, River State Nigeria. He is originally from Imo State.
Mark Angel is the founder of the popular comedy skit “Mark Angel Comedy” a short comedy video published every Friday on YouTube. Mark Angel is currently sitting on over 6 million subscribers on his YouTubec channel and has over 6 million followers on his official Facebook page and over1 million followers on his official Instagram account. Mark Angel was born into a poor family background.
Mark Angel did not complete his university education, infact he is a dropout. In 2008 Mark Angel gained admission into Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria to study Medicine and Surgery but unfortunately his sponsor died few months later and he had to quit school because nobody was there to cater for his academic needs.
After dropping out from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife due to financial problem, Mark Angel relocated to Lagos and stayed with a friend. He knew nobody will sponsor him and so he decided not to go to school again. Instead he used the money in his savings to travel to India to studyc cinematography.
After studying cinematography in India for 6 months, Mark Angel returned to Nigeria and joined the Nigeria movie industry (Nollywood) in 2010.
He started professionally as a Nollywood movie editor and director of photograph (DOP). He later quit Nollywood few years laterw when he discovered that the pay was less and some producer could not even pay him at all.
In 2012 Mark Angel met with his friend Denison Igwe and together both of them decided to start an online media organization that will be based on comedy. That idea gave birth to Mark Angel Comedy, a weekly comedy skit published on YouTube every Friday. Today Mark Angel is the most successful YouTube personality in Nigeria earning over $100,000 dollars monthly.
4. Mercy Johnson
Before Mercy Johnson won hearts nationwide, she once lived in an uncompleted building.
The actress once revealed in an interview with Tribune that sometimes when she cries on set, its because she remembers how she started.
According to her, her family once moved into an uncompleted building, where they lived with lizards and when rain fell they had to take cove
Before hitting it big with his hit song ‘Alubarika’, Patoranking quit school due to financial difficulties, moved from Cape Coast to Accra and spent most nights on the streets of Osu for survival.
Patoranking has once revealed his song, ‘Nothing to Something’ was the chronicle of his life. During that period the reggae singer lived in a one room apartment and sold rat killer in traffic.
He was also a bricklayer for a while and dabbled into so many things to achieve his dreams.
We hope this post inspires you to get out there and achieve your dreams regardless of obstacles life throws your way.
Why I Quit ‘The Johnsons’ – Blessing Finally Speaks Out (Video)
Africa Magic’s family sitcom, ‘The Johnsons’ is a long running program that has aired on Africa Magic since 2012. The story revolves around the middle class family of The Johnsons as they strive to survive in Lagos and slowly become successful. It further emphasized a strong sarcasm which make the family unique and full of drama. It stars heavy weight actors Charles Inojie as Mr Lucky Johnson, Ada Ameh as Mrs Emu Johnson, Chinedu Ikedezie as Efetobore Johnson, and also a staple of the show, Susan Pwajok who plays the very popular character of Blessing.
Now, after a whole lot of years being on the show and playing this one character of Blessing, actor Susan Pwajok is now coming out to publicly explain why she left the show. There have been many speculations, rumors, and musings as to why she left.
Here is what Susan Pwajok herself had to say about her exiting ‘The Johnsons’
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So, after years of people knowing her as Blessing, the little girl from The Johnsons, it came as a shock to a lot of people when they started seeing Susan growing up in front of their eyes. Susan is no longer the young girl she was when she started acting on The Johnsons. She has grown and gone through puberty so not only has her body changed, her fashion sense and personality have also changed and evolved over time.
People after seeing new pictures of her speculated that she ‘became wayward’, and ‘snubby’ which is why she left the show. Some other people have speculated that because of the way she looks now, her aesthetic no longer worked with the show.
One Instagram user after hearing and reading all these speculations took to Susan’s Instagram story to ask directly during a Q & A session writing:
“Y aren’t you acting “The Johnsons” again? M no longer seeing you abii you don dey form Big thug girls?“
Responding to the user’s questions, Susan responded to the fan saying:
you quws (your question) was making sense till you decided to spoil it. However, i’m not on the johnsons rn (right now) for personal reasons and i’ll appreciate it if you stop assuming different things, dw (don’t worry) i’ll be back on your screens in a bit
Well, there we have it. She left the show for personal reasons whatever those may be. In the mean time, Susan has continued to post more pictures and videos of herself, as well as featured in some advertisements and promotions for different companies. She’s not the first person to leave The Johnsons, not too long ago Samuel Ajibola who played Spiff also left the show and he also explained why he left.
I don’t know what’s going on over there at The Johnsons camp but I hope all is well. The show is still as funny and entertaining as ever though so while these cast members will be missed, the show must go on. What do you think about Susan’s exit from The Johnsons? Let me know by leaving a comment on my Facebook post.
Jamaican rapper, Diamond TheBody shares nvde photo of her in bed with Burna Boy (video)
The curvy rapper triggered speculations among fans about a possible relationship with the Afrobeats star after she shared their loved-up photo in bed on social media.
In the now-deleted photo shared on her Instagram story, Diamond could be seen naked in bed with a man whose face wasn’t visible in the picture. But his tattoos match that of Burna Boy.
Sharing the photos, the rapper revealed that the Grammy award-winning singer told her that he feels safer with her.
“He says he feel safer over here…..” she wrote.
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Hours after the picture went viral, netizens stormed Diamond’s page to criticize her, while some praised and described her as the Burna Boy’s wife.
Surprisingly, Diamond took the time to reply to many of them. The curvy beauty commented with several hearts and laughing emojis.
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Joy As 70-Year-Old Indian Woman allegedly Gives Birth To First Baby After 46 Years Of Barrenness (photos)
An Indian woman who gave birth at the age of 70 claimed it was never too late to become a mother for the first time, and that her life was now complete.
Daljinder Kaur gave birth on April 19, 2016, to a boy following two years of ⒾⒻⓋ at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana. After nearly five decades of marriage, Kaur and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, welcomed their first child.
“I feel blessed to be able to hold my own baby. I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever,” said Kaur.
Kaur said the couple, married for 46 years, had almost lost hope of ever having a child and had in a country where is sometimes seen as a curse from God.
“God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now. I am looking after the baby all by myself, I feel so full of energy. My husband is also very caring and helps me as much as he can,” Kaur
“When we saw the (ⒾⒻⓋ ) advert, we thought we should also give it a try as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own,” she said.
“Everyone asked me to adopt a baby, but I never wanted to. I had faith in Almighty and knew I will bear my child one day,” The Times of India quoted Kaur.
Kaur guessed her age to be about 70, which is common in India, where many people don’t have birth certificates, but the clinic said she was 72.
The baby was conceived using the couple’s own and was now “healthy and hearty” after weighing just two kilograms (4.4 pounds) at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube center said
Kaur’s 46-year-old spouse, on the other hand, seemed unconcerned with their age. “People speculate about what will happen to our children once we pass away. However, I have complete confidence in God. God is almighty and omnipresent, and he will take care of all of your needs “According to the AFP news agency, he said.
Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially skeptical about going ahead within (ⒾⒻⓋ), but tests showed Kaur was able to carry the unborn baby.
“I first tried to avoid the case because she looked very frail. Then we made her undergo all the tests and once all the results were okay we went ahead,” the doctor told AFP.
Some critics worry that the couple’s story will give unrealistic expectations to other parents hoping to have children at a late age. But Farrell said while it may garner interest among older parents wishing to through ⒾⒻⓋ she expects most won’t move ahead with such plans after being educated about the risks.
The case is not the first in India, with a 72-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state reportedly giving birth to twins in 2008, also through ⒾⒻⓋ
Watch Hilarious Video Of Shatta Bandle Babysitting His Daughter (video)
Shatta Bandle, a socialite turned comedian, posted a video of himself struggling to carry his daughter on his back while onlookers cheered him on.
When news of Shatta Bandle’s daughter’s birth first emerged, netizens wondered if he would be able to be a father figure given his modest stature.
But Bandle, who seemed unconcerned about the negative energy on social media, can be seen giggling loudly as he struggles to place the baby girl on his back properly.
Watch the video below;
Is She Selling Fish Or Her Body? Reactions As Fish seller goes viral On Social Media (Photos)
Many people couldn’t believe such a hot young lady could sell in the market, and congratulations flowed in from all across the country. She quickly became a viral sensation on the internet.
Well, you’ll be interested to learn that Zeebee isn’t actually a fishmonger, as many people assumed. She is a fashion blogger living in California, United States.
She is, however, from Ghana and returns home for vacations every now and then. She was in Ghana for the holidays and performed a photoshoot that went viral on social media, instantly turning her into an internet sensation.
Below are some of her photographs.