In this article I will be sharing with you Nigerian celebrities that look ugly before they became famous. These Nigerian celebrities have been ranked by Forbes as one of the most influential musical icon in Africa. They started their music career with absolutely nothing but today there are the talks in town.
There is an adage which says that money stop nonsense. Money can turn an ugly person into a beautiful or handsome person. The Nigerian entertainment industry has really helped a lot of people financially and otherwise. So therefore after a careful study and research I present to you 3 Nigerian celebrities that look ugly before they became famous.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known by his stage name as Wizkid or Star Boy is a famous Nigerian singer, songwriter, recording artiste, stage performer, entrepreneur, model and a record label owner. He was born on 16th July 1990 in Surulere, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 28 years old. Wizkid grew up in an average rich family and an interfaith household with twelve female siblings and being the only male child and last baby in the family.
His mother is a Pentecostal Christian and his father practices Islamic religion. His parents wanted the best for him and planned to sponsor him to any level of his career in education, but his view was different to that of his parents. He wanted to become a famous musician after admiring the likes of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Bob Marley, but his parents never supported his music ambition.
Wizkid completed both his primary and secondary school education in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria. While still in school, Wizkid started pursuing his music career at the age of 11 years old with the stage name of Lil Prinz and released his first studio album in 2001 but it was not successful.
Wizkid later decided to further his studies. In 2009, he got admitted to Lagos State University (LASU), but he couldn’t concentrate in his studies and later drop out from school to focus on his craft. His parents later admitted him into a private university known as Lead City University in Lagos, but he dropped out after completing two sessions and decided to focus full time on his music career.
According to him, 2Face Idibia and Sound Sultan where his source of inspiration. In 2009, Wizkid met with Banky W and signed a record endorsement contract deal with Banky W, the chairman of Empire Mates Entertainment [EME] and started recording his debut studio album “Superstar” in 2009.
In 2010, Wizkid rose to prominence and became a famous celebrity with the release of his album hit single “Holla at Your Boy” in 2010. In 2011, the song “Holla at Your Boy” won him the award for Next Rated at the 2011 Headies Awards and was also nominated for Best Pop Single at the Headies Awards.
In 2011, the music video of his hit single “Holla at Your Boy” was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards. It was also nominated for Best Afro Pop Video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards.
In 2012, his first debut studio album “Superstar” won him the Best Album of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and was also nominated for the Album of the Year at the 2012 Headies Awards. In 2012, Wizkid signed a one year international endorsement deal with Pepsi reportedly worth $350,000.
On 5th March 2013 Wizkid left EME records label and established his own records label known as “Star Boy Entertainment”. On 28th May 2013 Wizkid signed a one year endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria worth millions of naira. In 2014, Wizkid released his second studio album “Ayo” and it features guest appearances from Femi Kuti, Banky W, Seyi Shay, Phyno, Tyga, Akon and Wale. On 23rd October 2013 Wizkid signed a multi-million endorsement deal with Guinness.
On 18th June 2015 Wizkid signed an endorsement deal with Globacom Nigeria worth #128 million. Wizkid has won many awards such as Headies awards, MTV awards, Nigeria Entertainment awards and City People Entertainment awards.
Wizkid’s contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry has won him several Grammy awards and lifetime achievements which include two BET Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, Two iHeartRadio Music Awards, one MTV Europe Music Award, four MTV Africa Music Awards, two SoundCity MVP Awards, three MOBO Awards, six Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, six Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards and one Future Award, making him the highly and most accomplished music icon in Africa and currently the second richest musician in Nigeria.
In 2017, Wizkid created history by becoming the first Nigerian celebrity to win the prestigious awards of Best International Act at the MOBO Awards which was held in New York City in the United States of America, beating the likes of Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Akon, Nicki Minaj and a host of other world class celebrities.
David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known by his stage name as Davido or OBO is a famous Nigerian singer, songwriter, recording artiste, stage performer, model, entrepreneur and a record label owner. He was born on 21st November 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America to Chief Adedeji and Mrs. Veronica Adeleke. He is currently 26 years old. His father is a billionaire and Nigerian business magnate while his late mother was a university lecturer before she died.
Davido is originally from Osun State in the south western part of Nigeria. He completed his primary school education in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America. After which he returned to Nigeria with his family and attended the British International College in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria and obtained his Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, Davido proceeded to Oakwood University to study Business Administration but could not complete his studies because of his interest in music. In 2011, Davido was admitted to Babcock University in Ogun State, Nigeria and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music.
In 2011, Davido became highly famous in Nigeria after releasing the hit single “Dami Duro” a music that brought him to limelight. The music was well received throughout Nigeria. On 7th May 2011, Davido produced and released his first debut studio album “Back When” with hit single like “Dami Duro”. The album sold million copies in Nigeria and abroad. The singles from the album where topping at the MTV charts as of 2011.
On 25th February 2013, Davido released his second debut studio album with hit single like “Gobe” and “One of a Kind”. The singles from the second album where trending and received massive acceptance globally. The singles from the second album were ranked second on Premium Times list of the Top 10 songs of 2013. Davido is also a co-owner of the record label “HKN” and currently the owner and CEO of Davido Music Wordwide (DMW).
In April 2012, Davido signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria worth millions of naira. On 23rd October 2013, Davido signed a contract endorsement deal with Guinness Nigeria worth millions and performed at the Guinness World of More concert.
Davido has received a total of 29 awards from 74 nominations. He has received BET Awards, Kora Awards and Channel O Awards.
Davido has also received Ghana Music Awards, Nigeria Music Video Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, Magazine Awards, African Muzik Awards, The Headies Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, City People Entertainment Awards and Dynamix All Youth Awards. In 2017, Davido created history by winning the MOBO awards for Best African Act in the United States of America. Davido is currently the richest musician in Nigeria and the only Nigerian celebrity that has received the highest number of awards all through his music career.
Olamide Adedeji popularly known by his stage name as Olamide or Badoo is a famous Nigerian hip hop indigenous rapper, singer, songwriter, recording artiste, stage performer, entrepreneur, model and a record label owner. He was born on 15th March 1989 in Bariga, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 30 years old. He rap and sing mostly in Yoruba language and sometimes calls himself Olamide Baddo or Baddest Guy Ever Liveth.
After completing his primary and secondary school education, Olamide went ahead and studied at Tai Solarin University of Education in Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2000, he decided to pursue a career in music. In 2010, he performed at the Hip Hop World Awards. In 2011, he was signed to ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes Record Label. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YBNL Nation Record Label and also one of the richest musicians in Africa.
In November 2012, Olamide released his second debut studio album “YBNL” under his record label YBNL Nation. The album has sold millions of copy worldwide and the songs from the album have topped many charts in Nigeria and most especially on MTV music charts.
Before stardorm, Olamide was born in a poor family and grew up in a remote location of Lagos called Bariga. He sees himself as a street boy and always reflects that in his music. He believes that no matter where you come from once you work really hard with determination you will become successful and excel above your own expectation.
On 17th July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with “Ciroc” worth millions. On 24th October 2013, Olamide signed a multi-million endorsement deal with Guinness. In 2013, Olamide won the Best Rap Act of the Year at the Headies Awards. In 2014, Olamide won the Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In November 2013, Olamide became an ambassador for Etisalat.
In May 2013, it was reported that Olamide signed a record deal contract with DB Records, but he took to his Twitter handle to debunk the reports. Olamide rap and sing mostly in Yoruba language and has been declared as Nigerian most popular indigenous rapper and singer.
Olamide in the cause of his music career has won several awards which include Best Rap Act of the Year at the Headies Awards and Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Olamide has also won Ghana Music Awards, Nigeria Music Video Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, Magazine Awards, African Muzik Awards, The Headies Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, City People Entertainment Awards and Dynamix All Youth Awards. Olamide is currently one of Nigerian top celebrity that has received the highest number of awards all through his music career.