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5 Nigerian Actors You Never Knew are Lawyers

5 Nigerian Actors You Never Knew are Lawyers

Education cannot be taken for granted and thus the reason many of the celebrities in the country today have at one point or the other ensured they earned their degree.

While some chose to be in the sciences others chose the arts and a few decided on studying for a law degree even as they eventually ended up as entertainers.

Here are 5 Nigerian actors you never knew were lawyers.

Femi Adebayo

This Yoruba Nollywood actor and producer studied law at the University of Ilorin, Kwara before going on to bag a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Theatre Art. The actor after his graduation, practiced law for some years, mainly in the estate and property industry before he joined the movie world.

On if he would go back to practicing law again, Femi in an old interview said;

Inasmuch as I’m a qualified barrister, at any point in time I can appear before the law court. But it is important to note that the professional ethics of law will not permit you to be a practicing lawyer if you are doing any other business. This is just because they think, as a lawyer, you need to have more than enough time to prepare your case if you want to represent your client at the law court so that you won’t be misrepresenting the client so that justice would be attained. If I actually stop acting, then I can go into full time practice. But for now, I’m not a practicing lawyer.

Funke Akindele-Bello

This Jenifa’s Diary creator, actor and producer studied law at the University of Lagos. Funke Akindele, unlike a few others, never practiced, instead dove straight into the entertainment industry upon graduating. On choosing to study law and not practicing, the actress and mom of two in an interview stated that she studied law so she could please her father. She has since gone on to become a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

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Richard Mofe Damijo

Nollywood veteran actor Richard Mofe Damijo popularly referred to as RMD bagged a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Benin first before returning to school, the University of Lagos in 1997, to bag another degree, this time it was in Law. According to e actor, this was to fulfill his mother’s life long wish of her son being a lawyer.

Omotunde Adebowale Davis aka Lolo 1

Lolo 1, who has a major role in the hit TV series Jenifa Diary, has a law degree from the Lagos stateUniversityy. She practised law for about three years before becoming an OAP and now an actress. Lolo works with, Wazobia FM.

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Born Folarin Falana, this rapper and actor is another celebrity who chose the route of Law while in the university. The Jenifa’s Diary actor bagged a Law degree from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Falz, upon graduation, worked a bit in his father’s chambers before committing fully to music and movies.


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