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Success stories of famous Nigerian celebrities who overcame poverty

The road to success is always rough. For many of our celebrities, the road wasn't easy but they had to push on and forge ahead, with determination and hardwork and God's help, they've gotten to where they are today.

These celebrities life is a clear story depicting that God can transit someone from grass to grace.

Here are the celebrities who had humble beginnings:

1. Omotola Jalade

Now one of Nigeria's richest celebrities, Omotola had a rough life while growing up.

After the demise of her father, things became hard for them, there were times she slept on an empty stomach as there was nothing to eat. She suffered along with her younger brothers.

There were times when she begged for her brother's school fees to be paid and none was willing to help.

But to the glory of God, all is now in the past as she had been blessed beyond bounds

2. Mercy Johnson Okorie

Everyone thinks she had a rosy life.Mercy Johnson had a very rough life, she was a tomboy, the Fourth child from a family of seven.

She said sometimes when she cries in movies, it's not because of the script that she's crying but in recall of her humble beginnings; the days when she lived with lizard in an uncompleted building and had scars all over her body.

But her tears has been wiped off as God has blessed her immensely. She earns approximately 1.8million per script.


3. Genevieve Nnaji

The queen of Nollywood also comes from a humble background

She recalls the days of her first audition in 1998. She just finished her secondary school and Torino spotted her in surulere and offered her a role in the film : Most Wanted

She was low esteemed as people of high class were in the professional audition.

She smiles as gone are those days when supporting roles made her world as God has lifted her above that.


4. Don Jazzy

A multi award producer, musicians, song writer didn't have life so rosy.

He was raised in The unless and graduated from federal government college in 2005. He studied Business Management in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

The multi award producer was once a security guard at Mac Donald.

5. Tonto Dikeh

The popular actress and singer has bore the heat of life.

In her transition story, she said:

"Back in the days, I was so poor and university life was so hard for me, I couldn't afford handouts and lived on others. I cleaned rooms for students for #200.

I never allowed that to pull me down, I graduated with a second class in engineering.

Job became hard for me to get. One day while I was job hunting, I saw a poster that says" BE THE NEXT MOVIE STAR". I applied and was called for the reality TV show.

The rest is history but I thank God for where I am today."

6. Linda Ikeji

Popular blogger; now comfortable didn't have it all rosy. She started working at age 17, doing all sort of job, she was a waitress, ushering model and a bar tender.

She would leave lectures and go to a hotel to sell beer from 1pm to 10pm she did it for some months as there was no other means of survival.

7. IK Ogbonna

Ik ogbonna is a rising actor and a model had rough times.

Years ago when he moved to Lagos he slept in cars and clubs when there was no friend's house to pass the night.

People rumored he was a gigolo and he came out to clear the air saying whoever had a proof should come forward.

8. Banky W

Now a producer and star, and transitioned from grass to grace, he narrates his humble beginnings:

He worked at a fast food outlet, clothing stores and as a knife salesman.

He was able to gather money to pay for a studio recording.

He said lots of people see him on stage and envy his success but they don't know how he got there.

They were days when he didn't sell CD's and didn't have money to buy food, he would go to church services to collect rice and store in the fridge.

If they can make it, then we can. No matter the present storm of life, we can overcome.


Let's not be limited by our present state.


Let's say to ourselves that we can make it


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