One of the lures of having a career in entertainment, whether music or movies is the fact that you won’t have to work a regular 9 to 5 job. Yet there are those who despite their success and celebrity status still shuffle day jobs, whether for passion or out of necessity.
Here are 8 Nigerian celebrities who still have 9 to 5 jobs
Akitoye Balogun, aka, Ajebutter22 is known for his smooth soothing raps which he delivers with his unique low pitch voice. However, when he is not making magic with studio magic, the rapper goes on with his day job.
Between February and November 2015 he worked at Gamesole, Renaissance AMC, and Stanbic IBTC. The Graduate of Petroleum Engineering (B.Eng) and Engineering Project Management (M.Eng) later spent 4 years at global IT company, Cisco where he managed their strategic & technology partnerships with behemoths, including Microsoft, Orange Business, etc. He currently works at Pave Investment ltd as Head of Business Development.
Jemima Osunde has had an impressive career in TV and cinema, appearing in, MTV’s Shuga, the acclaimed 2018 Netflix Original, LionHeart and The Delivery Boy for which she earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards. But despite her success, the graduate of physiotherapy from the University of Lagos maintains a regular job at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
Deyemi Okanlawon is one of the busiest actors in Nigeria and is gradually reaching A-list status. However, in the midst of his busy acting schedule, Deyemi still commits to a day job at Silverbird Group as the Head of Film Distribution.
Darey Art Alade
Darey Art Alade might not have given us his soothing R&B tracks for a while now, but maybe that is because he has turned his focus to more behind the scenes endeavours. Darey has ventured into the advertising and digital industry, and is currently the Chief Creative Director at Livespot360, the company behind American rapper, Cardi B’s first concert in Nigeria.
Sam Dede is a veteran Nollywood actor, and the leader of the fictional vigilante group, Isakaba. He has lit up our screens for decades, where he starred in over 300 films, and his latest work ‘In My Country’ is currently streaming on Netflix. But when he is not being a creative, Sam Dede is a senior lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt.
Dr SID has given us countless hit songs from Over the Moon down to Surulere. Even though he doesn’t practice (fully), he is also a trained Dental Surgery from the University of Ibadan. Away from Mavin Records and the spotlight, he plies his trade as Head of Brand Partnership at Accelerate TV, Access Bank’s media platform.
Desmond Eliot has built a career as a household name and a seasoned creative in the Nigerian film industry. However, in 2015 he transitioned from acting and directing movies to politics, contesting for the position of representative for Surulere Constituency at the Lagos State House of assembly. Since 2015, he has held that position, while maintaining a strong presence in the movie industry.
Popularly known as Saka, Afiz Oyetoro is one of the most famous faces in Nigeria. He had always been popular, but he became a household name after he featured in the “I don port” MTN ads that year. Since then, he has gone on to appear in numerous movies and shows, including blockbusters like The Wedding Party, Taxi Driver, etc. Not a lot of people know that he combines these with a job as a lecturer in the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Ibadan.