Many young Nigerians have the misconception that they can only attain success by attending a tertiary institution. They believe that their certificates is the only spring board to success in their profession, business, Nigerian politics and other sectors.
It is very glaring that many people have succeeded even without registering as a university student. Many Nigerian billionaires are secondary school leavers.
In politics Nigeria, some Governors, house of representative members and even senators don’t have the university degree.
In order to erase the myth that one can not taste success without attending a higher institution, we decide to put up this write up highlighting the top 8 prominent Nigerians who succeeded without attending a University.
#1 Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson is unarguably one of the most popular and highest paid actresses in Nigeria. She made it known that has never attended a university and that she ventured into the movie industry due to the fact that she failed her JAMB exam. Mercy Johnson will definitely rank tops as one of the prominent Nigerians who succeeded without attending a university.
#2 Cosmos Maduka
Cosmos Maduka is a billionaire. He is the sole distributor of BMW and ford cars in Africa. He is one of the Nigerians who succeeded without attending a university.
He dropped out of school when he was seven after the demise of his Father. Today, he is very successful and rich. He owns the Coscharis motors.
#3 Vincent Obianobo
His name may not ring a bell but his business name will surely do so. Vincent obianobo is the owner of “the young shall grow motors”, a very popular transportation company. He has no tertiary education. Today, he is one of the Nigerians who succeeded without attending a university.
#4 Folorunsho Alakija
According to Forbes, Folorunsho is the richest Woman in Africa. She recently revealed that she has never attended a university. She is clearly one of the most prominent Nigerians who succeeded without attending a university.
Her net worth is estimated as $2.5 billion. She is indeed an inspiration to many young Nigerian women.
#5 Olorogun Michael Ibru
He is the Head of the richest Family in Nigeria and the founder of the Ibru Organization. Michael Ibru can only boast of a secondary school certificate, but this has not hinder him from standing tall as one of the most successful business men in the country. He ranks as one of the prominent Nigerians who succeeded without attending a university.
#6 Razaq Akanni Okoya
Razaq Okoya is the owner of Eleganza group of companies. The company has massive coverage in Nigeria and in West Africa. He can only boast of a primary school leaving certificate which he got from Ansar-Un-Deen primary school, Lagos. He is an inspiration to others. He has risen to become one of the richest Business men in Nigeria. He will always rank as one of the prominent Nigerians who succeeded without attending a university.
#7 Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu is a former Governor of Abia state and the owner of SLOK holding, the Daily sun newspaper and the new telegraph newspapers. He was rusticated from university of Maiduguri for participating in student’s protest. He decided not to continue in another university and went into business and later Nigerian politics. Orji Kalu’s failure to have a university degree has not debated him from succeeding in his business or in politics Nigeria. Infact, he is one of the most influential politicians in Abia state and will always rank on lists such as this.
#8 Michael Collins Ajere (Don Jazzy)
Michael Collins popularly known as Don Jazzy dropped out of Ambrose Ali University in his first year. That did not stop him from being successful. He is a prolific music producer and CEO of mavin records.