6 Nigerian Personalities Who Left Their Jobs To Follow Their Dreams

Posted on October 21 2019 , at 07:17 pm
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Deciding to leave a career path you have spent years preparing yourself for can be a daunting task. Yet, these Nigerian personalities decided to leave the career paths they had spent years working on to follow their dreams.

If you need some motivation to leave the job or career you currently have because you are not getting the fulfilment you need, these 6 personalities will inspire you.

Folarin Falana: After Falz was called to bar in 2012, he decided to go after his passion, music. Since then, he has become one of the biggest names in the African music scene and he just won three awards at the just concluded Headies.


Timini Egbuson: Timini was a marketing executive at an e-commerce company for 2 years before he started his career in acting. During an interview, he said that he didn’t feel fulfilled on the job so he started going for auditions and eventually landed a role on ‘Tinsel’ that helped to kick-start his career.


Kate Henshaw: Kate Henshaw started off working at Bauchi State General Hospital as a medical laboratory scientist but eventually gave that up to pursue a career in acting. Since she landed her first role in ‘When the Sun Sets’ (1993), she has become one of the most prolific actresses in Nigeria.


Deyemi Okanlawon: Deyemi said in an interview that he always had a passion for acting but he never believed that he could actually make it in the industry. In 2013, he eventually quit his job as the Head of Marketing, OLX to give acting a one year trial and he hasn’t looked back since then. 


Mai Atafo: Mai Atafo is one of the most respected fashion designers in Nigeria. Yet, before he became the fashion guru he is now, he worked in marketing and brand communications in companies like British American Tobacco Company and Guinness Nigeria for eight years before he left to focus on fashion.


Olive Emodi: Award-winning host and TV Presenter, Olive Emodi turned down the opportunity to work for a reputable law firm after she finished from law school when an opportunity to work at Cool FM (with even lesser pay) presented itself. She currently hosts the ‘Good Morning Nigeria Show’ and ‘The Late Night Show’ on Cool FM, as well as the ‘Padi Padi’ show on Wazobia TV.

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