GRASS TO GRACE- SMALL BEGINNINGS OF SOME TOP CELEBRITIES.
It is very common to feel stuck in a rut especially in a pandemic like this where most personal goals are forced to a halt. However, there is hope for a better tomorrow. Here is an inspiring list of celebrities, how they started and where they are today. This could help you know hope is still meaningful.
Number one celebrity who made it from a very humble beginning is:
The handsome popular actor with net worth of $4.5 million didn’t always have all that money. Born of a Yoruba woman to an Israeli, he had to suffer alongside his siblings when their dad abandoned them.
According to Nouah, he ventured into acting because of financial challenges. He needed funds for his GCE examination, and all effort to get the fund proved abortive. Therefore, he followed his friend’s advice and attended an audition that marked the beginning of his career in the Nollywood industry. Now, after more than two decades of acting, Ramsey Nouah has earned himself a comfortable lifestyle, married and blessed with three lovely kids.
Number two on our list is P-SQUARE
The twins, Peter and Paul Okoye known as P-square for their singing and dancing skills, didn’t always have it rosy. You can see the way up is from the bottom and these twins weren’t exempted from that rule.
They began enhancing their skills right from secondary school days in Jos where they constantly sang, danced and mimed and later attended music school. Peter once worked as a supermarket attendant and Paul did some electrical repair for pay. Their hardwork began paying off gradually, making the world entertained by their good music and their energetic music videos. In 2017, both of them worth more than $130 million till they separated and went solo. They can be called one of the richest singers in Nigeria. You too can make it by steadily building your skills and staying consistent.
The forty-one year old Nigerian actress, producer and director who won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, making her the first actor to win the award, is one of top ten richest Nollywood actress. She started on a rough note of having to push through life after her mom discovered she was four months pregnant and had to have her baby at 17. We all know teenage pregnancies isn’t easy but Genevieve didn’t let that deter her, she pulled through and still push forward today to be the best she was created for.
In November 2018, it was reported Genevieve Nnaji’s net worth in dollars is $7.5 million.
The American TV host, actress, producer, and public figure, Oprah Winfrey has been named one of the most influential celebrities on the planet many times. She is also the first black woman who became a billionaire. But Oprah’s childhood looks like a terrible thriller movie. Her mother was a housemaid and she had no time to raise her daughter, this is why Winfrey spent her first six years living with her grandmother. Later, her mother took her back and they moved to an old ghetto in Milwaukee, Winconsin, USA.
When Oprah was nine years old, she was molested by her cousins, her uncle and his friend.
At the age of fourteen, she ran away from home because she had problems with her mother. Then, she got pregnant and had a premature baby that died soon after. After that, her mother sent Oprah to live with her father. He was ready to pay for her education, so at the age of 17 she had already won a competition on eloquence and became a student at Tennessee State University where she studied communication. At the same age, she became a CBS reporter and her career as the most famous TV host began. Today, her networth is $2.6 billion.
The Lagos born vibrant woman with Kogi roots, captures the heart of many with her funny and heart touching roles. Stardom wasn’t given to her, she worked for it. Mercy’s childhood was spent in the barracks due to her father’s military job, he was often transferred from one location to another.
The children often had to drop out of schools because the family did not have enough finances. Mercy herself had to work from a young age to bring some money into the family. Even though Mercy had a pretty tough early life and upbringing, she did not let it break her or stand in her way to success. After failing the entrance exams at the university, Mercy changed her mind and decided to become an actress. This profession turned out to be just right for her, as she had a huge acting talent.
Mercy is considered to be one of the richest actresses in Nigeria. Her net worth is about $1 million. Today, she enjoys her stay in the States with her family after the delivery of her fourth child.
Last on our list is our very own…
Joseph Benjamin is a Nigerian actor, model, voice-over Artist and television presenter mainly known for co-hosting MTN’s Project Fame, a talent reality show, and starring in the movies “Tango With Me”, “Mr. and Mrs” and “Murder at Prime Suites”. He won the ‘African Actor of the Year’ award at the 2012. A few years back, he might have asked you for money in the bus as a bus conductor.
Today Kogi state native, Joseph Benjamin, former conductor, waiter and security guard turned actor and presenter is one of the most sought after influential actors in Nigeria. And his net worth is estimated at $1 million.
So you see, fame, wealth and all that we wish for usually comes from hardwork and patience. Except you are lucky enough to have them given to you on a platter of gold, it is advisable you hang on to your dreams and never lose sight of them. Keep pushing.
Compiled by Chisom Juliet Obi
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EMMY GEE
Emmanuel Nwankwo, popularly known by his stage name “Emmy Gee”, is a South African based Nigerian rapper. He started music at a young age after moving to South Africa and ever since he has been making waves in the industry with his music. His debut singled titled “Rands and Nairas” was the track that ultimately threw him into limelight. The song was a big hit for him as it peaked at number 7 on South Africa’s Official Music Chart. He eventually did a remix with a couple of A-List stars across Africa, including Casper Nyovest, Ice Prince and Phyno. He also owns his own brand which makes him an entrepreneur too. Join me as I take you through his early life and childhood, music career, personal life, net worth and some of his songs.
EMMY GEE EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
Emmy Gee was born on the 10th of August 1986. He was born and raised in Nigeria. He hails from the eastern part of Nigeria and is of the Igbo tribe. He has his early education, primary and secondary, in the country right before his move to South Africa. He relocated to South Africa later on and then started his music career at age 16.
EMMY GEE MUSIC CAREER
As stated earlier, he started singing at a very young age and famously worked with popular producer Shizzi in 2004. He went on to release his debut single titled “Rands and Nairas” in 2013 which featured vocals from AB Crazy and DJ Dimplez. During an interview, Emmy Gee said he knew the song was going to be a hit when he recorded it. He also said he recorded it to promote unity between Nigeria and South Africa. In 2014, he was one of the selected artistes to perform at the first MTN Madela Day concert. That same year, he recorded a remix for the “Rands and Nairas” featuring AB Crazy, Joe Prince, Anatii, Casper Nyovest, Phyno, and DJ Dimplez. He has released some other songs and while also being featured on others.
EMMY GEE PERSONAL LIFE
In 2016, Emmy Gee became a father to a daughter named Emily Grace. He is also the founder and co-CEO of Entertainment label and clothing apparel named “Teamtalkless”.
EMMY GEE NET WORTH
According to trendscelebnow, Emmy Gee has an estimated net worth of about $5 million.
EMMY GEE SONGS
-Rands and Nairas
-Rands and Nairas Remix ft AB Crazy, Joe Prince, Anatii, Casper Nyovest, Phyno, and DJ Dimplez
-Champagne Showers ft King Jay
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EMMA NYRA
Emma Chukwugoziam Obi, popularly known to fans as “Emma Nyra”, is a talented Nigerian singer and songwriter. Emma Nyra, during the early days in the music industry, had to relocate from Texas, where she lived with her family, to Nigeria in a bid to get closer to her fans and also be also to totally focus on her career in the Nigerian scene. She is popularly known for the vocals on Iyanya’s hit song. “Your Waist”. She has a couple of songs including one with DMW boss, Davido. Join me as I take you through her early life and childhood, career, net worth, personal life and some of her songs.
EMMA NYRA EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
Emma Nyra was born on the 18th of July 1988 in Texas, United States of America. She grew up in Texas where she also had all of her early education. She hails from Delta State in Nigeria. She holds a degree in Health Care Administration from the Texas Southern University. She moved to Nigeria in 2012 just when she decided to start her career as a musician.
EMMA NYRA CAREER
Her stage name “Emma Nyra” was a nickname she used to answer during her University days. She also had a few others including E Money and Emma Pounds. She grew up listening to Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Celene Dion. She also picks up inspiration from Shakira, Beyonce and Mariah Carey.
She started music in 2011 when she debuted her songs “Do It” and “Everything I do”, though at that time she was still in the United States. When she was in college, she used to have shows in Houston, Dallas and some other states in the US. She would eventually move to Nigeria a year later in 2012 to focus on the industry in the country at that time. She was motivated by the fact that most successful Nigerian singers resided in the country. Her breakthrough came when she was a part of a hit single from Iyanya titled “Your Waist” and that kick started her career in the Nigerian scene.
Emma Nyra went on to release several other tracks by herself including one with Davido and another with Patoranking. After her big break, she got signed to Made Men Music but after issues arising between the her and the label, she left.
Asides Music, Emma has also had several stints in the music scene as well. She has starred in three movies titled “American Driver”, “Rebound” and “Re-Union”.
EMMA NYRA NET WORTH
According to austinemedia, Emma Nyra is worth a whooping $500,000.
EMMA NYRA PERSONAL LIFE
There is no information as to if she is married or in a relationship. She has two children. At a time, there were rumours circulating about her relationship with Iyanya and Ubi Franklin.
EMMA NYRA SONGS
Some of her songs include;
Everything I do
Elele Ft Davido
Ori mi wu
For Your Matter(Remix) Ft Patoranking
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BLACKFACE NAIJA
Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo, also known as by his stage name “Blackface Naija”, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is quite popular for being a part of the group “Plantation Boyz” which included Legendary singer, 2face Idibia, and Faze. He was born in the Agatu part of Benue State. His style is Dance hall, Reggae and Hip Hop. He is a co-writer for the song hit single “African Queen” by 2face. I’ll take you through his career, personal life and some of his songs.
BLACKFACE NAIJA MUSIC CAREER
Blackface was one of the founding members of the group “Plantation Boyz”. As earlier stated, the group also had 2face and Faze. The group worked together on a number of songs and recorded two albums while together. The group broke up in 2004 but subsequently got back once more to record another album. Blackface started his solo career after the initial split in 2004 and he released his debut solo album that same year for “Ghetto Child”. He has released several albums include one with another crew named “D Tribunal” and another with Maine Eazz.
Blackface Naija was famously the co-writer for 2face’s “African Queen”. The two have since had problems together over the rights to the songs.
BLACKFACE NAIJA PERSONAL LIFE
Blackface was married to Dayo before they split. They had two children together.
BLACKFACE NAIJA ALBUMS
His music projects include;
• Ghetto Child
• Jungle Fever
• Musiq and I
• Dancehall Business
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