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8 Famous Successful Nigerians Who Achieve Success Without University



To destroy the myth that one can’t be successful without higher education, we provide a list of some of the most successful Nigerians that did not attend tertiary institutions.

1. Mercy Johnson
One of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood Mercy Johnson Okojie discloses that she got into the Nigerian movie industry because she failed her JAMB exam. Now she is possibly one of the most popular actresses in Nigeria.

2. Cosmos Maduka
African billionaire Cosmos Maduka, dropped out of elementary school and became an apprentice at the age of seven, because of his father’s death. Currently he is the sole distributor for BMW and Ford cars in Nigeria and West Africa.

3. Vincent Obianobo
The name of this man, perhaps, is not very familiar. But his transportation company “The Young Shall Grow Motors” is well-known. Vincent Obianobo had not much education but today, he is one of Nigeria’s most successful businessmen.

4. Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. The beautiful woman recently revealed that she never attended a university. She made this revelation at the United Nations International Youth Day held at the University of Lagos.

5. Olorogun Michael Ibru
Michael Ibru has only a secondary school certificate to his name. The founder of Ibru Organization, one of the largest conglomerates in Nigeria, finished Igbobi college in 1951. Ibru is also the head of the richest family in Nigeria.

6. Razaq Akanni Okoya
Razaq Akanni Okoya
The founder of Eleganza Group, which has a marketing span across West Africa, Razaq Akanni Okoya had his only formal education at Ansar-un-deen primary School, Oke popo, Lagos. This did not prevent him from becoming one of Nigeria’s billionaire industrialist.

7. Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu is the chairman of SLOK Holding and the Daily Sun and New Telegraph newspapers in Nigeria. He was excluded from the University of Maiduguri because of participation in a students’ protest. He decided not to continue to further his education and launched his career.

8. Michael Collins Ajere (Don Jazzy)
Michael Collins Ajere better known as Don Jazzy is one of the famous Nigerian music mogul, who didn’t need education to achieve success. The prolific music producer and C.E.O of Mavin Records dropped out of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in his first year.


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