Sunday, May 12, 2013
List of Nigerian Entertainers who doesn't drop out of school
Olubankole Wellington, aka Banky W, is one
of the most popular music artistes in Nigeria
today. He was born and educated in the USA.
By the time he was eight years old, his
musical talent had started to manifest. But his
parents wanted him to pay attention to his
education first. A few years later, he won a
scholarship to attend college in New York and
afterwards, bagged a degree in engineering
at the Rensselaer Polytechnic.
While he was at the institution, Banky W kept
pushing his dream to become a successful
musician someday. Back home in Nigeria, he
won the hearts of many music fans with his
exceptionally smooth voice and, in due course,
succeeded in winning a loyal followership.
Over the past years, the velvet-voiced singer
has recorded a number of albums. He
founded the Empire Mates Entertainment, a
records label, as a platform to promote his
music and to get it across to his fans in the
Apart from distinguishing himself as a
charismatic musician, Banky W is a
philanthropist and a civil rights activist. During
the last nationwide protests against the
removal of fuel subsidy, he played a key role
in mobilising the youths to take part in the
protest in Lagos.
Somehow, this talented artiste, whose career
is on the rise, has managed to keep out of
trouble. Till date, he has not been a*sociated
with any major scandal.
Tiwa Savage is currently signed on to Mavin
Records. She attended Berklee College of
Music where she studied Jazz and took a
degree in music business. Also, she has a
degree in business administration from the
University of Kent in the United Kingdom.
She began her music career n the UK, touring
as a background singer for the likes of Mary
J. Blige, Sting, George Michael, Kelly Clarkson
and the Spice Girls. Before then, she had
worked briefly as a trainee accountant in a
commercial bank in London.
A successful artiste in her own right, Tiwa co-
wrote Fantasia Barrino's 'Collard Greens and
Cornbread', which was nominated for the
American Grammy Award. This is perhaps,
one of her most important achievements.
Apart from that, she has released two single
albums titled Love Me and Kele Kele Love.
Last February, she got married to her long
time business partner, Tee Billz.
Naetochukwu Chikwe is the son of the
Nigerian Amba*sador to Ireland, Mrs. Kema
Chikwe. He graduated in 2004 from the
George Washington University with a Master's
degree in Biology and still nurses the desire to
become a medical doctor. In 2008 and 2009,
he was named Best New Artist at the MTV
Africa Music Awards.
Darey Art-Alade is the son of the legendary
Jazz musician, Art Alade. He is what you may
call a 'chip off the old block'. Obviously, he
had taken after his father at an early age
singing in church choirs and was a member of
the National Troupe of Nigeria Choir at a
Darey has been a disc jockey, TV presenter,
entertainment consultant, voice-over artist and
performing/recording artist at different times,
before hitting it big on the music scene. His
break finally came in 2004 at the Project
Fame Academy. He participated in that
edition of the reality TV talent hunt show and
had the opportunity to perform in front of
millions of viewers. He emerged third in the
Unknown to many music fans, this talented
artiste graduated from the University of Lagos
where he studied Music. In 2011, he was the
host of both the Gulder Ultimate Search and
Glo Naija Sings reality. So far, he has three
albums to his credit.
Apart from music, Peter and Paul Okoye, the
twins known as the P-Square, had a burning
desire to be educated. They had always
made it clear to close friends and a*sociates
that they wanted to go back to school. So in
1999, they applied to the University of Abuja
to study business administration. Fame and
money could not dissuade them from this
goal. Just as they continued to hone their skills
and to improve on their performances, they
were focused on their educational needs.
The group is easily one of the most successful
in the country, having won several awards
and a huge fan base across Africa. They are
listed among the 10 richest musicians in the
From an early age, Dr. Sid (real name is
Sidney Esiri), had his heart set on becoming a
singer. However, his life took a different
course when he graduated from the Nigerian
Air Force Secondary School in Lagos and went
on to the University of Ibadan to study dental
surgery. After graduating from the institution,
he joined the defunct Mo'Hits Records.
Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, aka Wande Coal,
attended Federal Government College,
Ijanikin, in Lagos State and the University of
Lagos where he studied Curriculum Studies.
He got signed to Don Jazzy's Mo'Hits Records
in 2006. He featured on D'banj's Rundown/
Funk you up album on singles like Loke,
Tonosibe and Why Me. Being signed to Mo'
Hits Records, he is also a member of the Mo'
Hits Allstars and played a major role in the
released CV(Curriculum Vitae) album. His first
single of the cv album ololu fe has been
described as one of the greatest love songs
ever written by a Nigerian.
In an age when most Nigerian artistes pride
themselves in leaving the cla*sroom for the
entertainment scene, she has managed to
complete her degree programme at the
University of Lagos. She is, no doubt, one of
the youngest educated rap artistes in Nigeria
at the moment.
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