8 Famous Nigerian Celebrities Who Were Once Street Hawkers Before They Became Rich

Tope Alabi


Tope Alabi, also known as “Ore ti o common,” is without a doubt one of Nigeria’s most in-demand gospel performers. The song she made with TY Bello, “Logan Ti Ode,” became popular right away. Her journey has been from grass to grace, nevertheless.

“Before leaving for school in Ewutu, I sold stew, rice, and raw eggs in addition to my acting. I made my living selling cooked eggs in Ibadan.

Mercy Johnson


Mercy Johnson, a celebrated actress, is renowned for her exceptional acting talent and versatility. In her acting career, she has achieved amazing heights.

But things haven’t always gone smoothly for her along the road. The mother of three originally sold sachet water and resided in unfinished structures, but she didn’t let her lowly upbringing stop her from rewriting her life’s tale.

Mercy Macjoe


Beneath the glamour and stardom that Mercy Macjoe enjoys today are scars that no one can seen The talented actress once sold oranges on the street for survival.

In her words:

“I didn’t have all the opportunities when I was growing up. I grew up with my mum. I lost my dad at a very young age so it was just my mum who took care of me and my other siblings. I am the sixth in a family of eight. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth; I had to do so many things to survive. I assisted my mum in her buying and selling business. I sold so many things with my mum. I remember selling oranges and some other things with my mum. I am proud to say it now because the story is different now. I hawked oranges and some other things, helping my mum and siblings to survive. I am always proud to say it because it was in the past and I can’t sell oranges now.”

Bisola Aiyeola


Bisola Aiyeola, the 2017 BBNaija first runner-up, once admitted that she had to sell macaroni on the street. The multi-talented entertainer claimed that the encounter wasn’t pleasant.

She said that:

“It happened as I was hawking on the street. What do I not have sold? I’ve sold cosmetics, jewelry, and other items. In the crowd, I really sold macaroni. I was 21 at the time. It wasn’t an enjoyable situation.



This young girl warmed people’s hearts on social media with her sonorous voice. She was seen with an empty tray, sang like a professional singer, and got those capturing her on camera marveled after hopping on a beat for a freestyle.

Many internet users were impressed with her outstanding talent and they flooded the comment section of the post

Her story transcended the shores of Nigeria to the extent that it was rumored that she was invited by Beyonce, the famous international singer.


Don Jazzy


Michael Collins also known as Don Jazzy is a famous singer and one of the biggest record producers in Nigeria. He is also famous for his comic lifestyle which has seen featured in many comedy videos.

The entertainment magnate recalled how he started from a humble beginning, adding that he once sold Nigerian snack popularly known as “akara”.

7. Biola Adebayo


She is gorgeous, famous, and super talented. Sharing her experience on social media, the Ph.D. holder revealed that she hawked on the street and bitterly lost 4 consecutive admissions because she couldn’t afford to pay.

She added that she waited for 7 years to finally get admitted into the University. Today, she has acquired a Ph.D. and has become a household name.


8. Patoranking


Popular Handsome Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. He was Born on 27 May, 1990 and raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town, Patoranking hails from Onicha, Ebonyi State.

When you listen to his album, you’ll see that Patoranking is a fantastic and talented singer with original ideas. He is also well-known in society today not only for his musical prowess but also for having successfully revived the reggae and dancehall music genres in Nigeria, which were on the verge of extinction.


Going to Patoranking fame, his path to fame was not straightforward. He grew up in the Ilaje slum of Ebute Meta, a neighborhood in Lagos, and shared a one-bedroom apartment with his four siblings.

It was recorded that in February 2015, the well known singer Patoranking took to his instagram page to share his past story of his humble beginnings stating how he sold rat poisons in the Lagos State Traffic, also went over to been a bricklayer all in the name of making money so to help himself and family. But today thanks to God as he has made it in life, also in 2014, he won the Headies Award as the ‘Next Rated Star.” Today, the dancehall singer Patoranking is one of Africa’s renowned artistes and he has collaborated with some international heavy weights like Elephantman, Sakordie and many more, he is well blessed and satisfied with his fame. He is really an example of Made from the Streets. See some of his recent photos below:

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