The saying “Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have”; couldn’t be truer as we have stories of so many celebrities who have stood steadfast in their goals until they came to pass. From Timaya to Tuface, the music industry has seen a couple of grass to grace story that is worthy of celebration.
Here are 5 Nigerian artistes with amazing grass to grace stories.
This young artiste who blew up last year following the release of his hit single ‘Wetin We Gain.’ has shared his grass to grace story with the world. Victor who is popularly known as Victor AD revealed he had to sleep under Obalende bridge when he first arrived Lagos. In his word; ‘I remember watching movies of people who made it in less than 3hrs. I been feel say if my own long well well e no go pass 24hrs! So I took my bag and I came to Lagos and ended up under Obalende Bridge for 3days. I never knew that those stories where summarized to motivate us, Bros! it may take you more than 30yrs to achieve what you saw in that movie but don’t ever think of giving up #prayforgracemagee.’
Popularly called the Egberipapa-1 of Bayelsa is another artiste with grass to grace story worthy to be told over and over again The singer born Enetimi Alfred Odon ha shard how while he was with his mum, he had to sell plantain to make ends meet. The singer also revealed that when he finally did move on, he was sexually abused by the older lady who had helped him by offering him shelter after being ejected from his home. His story, however, changed in 2006 when he released “Dem Mama” and since then, he has continued to live like the king he truly is.
Jude Okoye, the elder brother to singers Peter and Paul Okoye of the defunct PSquare group, a social media post back in 2018, revealed how he had to sleep under the bridges in Lagos when he first arrived. Jude who is now married with kids and living large wrote; ‘DID YOU KNOW….? My first 4 nights in Lagos in 1995 was spent under ijora bridge stranded cos of music hustle. Had to do conductor work route ijora – jibowu every day to survive.
He is one of the few good acts out there who make sure to put in the work when creating music. Patoranking once revealed that he was a bricklayer and rat poison seller at one point in his life. Born Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, this reggae/dance-hall singer and songwriter had his story change in 2014 after the release of his hit track ‘ Girlie O’ .
Now no longer together, Paul Okoye and Peter Okoye also started from the very bottom before attaining the financial freedom they are enjoying today. Peter worked as a supermarket attendant while Paul was into electrical Repairs at the beginning before becoming the known name Africa now knows. Their mother was a pap seller and their dad worked in a bakery. The boys decided to move to Lagos after stealing N100,000. The boys have since the release of the song”Last Nite” in 2003 remained one of the top acts in Africa.
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