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Nollywood Actors Who Were Poor Until They Found Fame

The word life is a mere four-letter word which a class one pupil can easily spit its letters without making any mistake, but life in nature is very, very complicated!

First of all, nobody chooses their family, so whilst some people are fortunate to be born into rich homes, others are unfortunate to find themselves in places where basic necessities of life such as food, water and shelter are unattainable.

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And that can happen to anybody, even our celebrities who we think are rich and have no problems.

In most cases, there is a bitter, ugly, and the untold story of how someone became successful.

GhanaCelebrities.Com likes to share with you the grass to grace stories of the following Nollywood actors;

1.Tonto Dikeh


Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has had to fight and struggle to make it in life. The actress wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth. In an interview where Tonto Dikeh had to comment about her hustles in life, she noted she had to sweep and tidy up her school mates’ rooms, other times helped with their assignments so as to get money for handouts.

Nevertheless, she never gave up, she had to hold the fort till the end. She eventually graduated with Second Class Upper in Engineering. According to her, she searched and searched for a job but she never found one until one day she spotted a poster, ‘Be The Next Moviestar’. She applied and was picked and that begun the next phase of her life!

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2. Mercy Johnson


Most sought after Nollywood actress and producer, Mercy Johnson had her own bitterness in life! The actress wasn’t born into a rich family and also not the poorest family. Her father was a military officer with 7 children.

According to Mercy Johnson, they were given what they needed but not what they want. Yet still, there were most uncomfortable times where they had to live with lizards in an uncompleted building and her brother had to take a bricklaying job to help himself.

The actress has noted in an interview that, sometimes she cries in movies not because the script demands but because she’s able to cast her mind on her journey to stardom, her struggles and her hustles and how far God has helped her come!

Sometimes when I cry in movies, it isn’t the script that makes me cry.
When I recall my humble beginning, I give thanks to God. When I remember how we moved into an uncompleted building and had to take cover whenever it rained because of the condition of the house; how my brother did a menial job as a bricklayer to earn a living and those days when we rolled over a stick to cover the windows up till the point when I started acting and raised money to cover the roof…
I recall those days we were living with lizards because the floor and the walls of the house were not plastered, or when I had scars as a result of my several falls

3. Omotola


A-list Nollywood actress Omotola like the others also comes from a humble beginning. The actress lost her dad and thus begun a very heartbreaking story in her life.

She is the oldest of the parent’s 3 children; herself and two younger brothers. According to the actress she and the mother had to step out on the street to beg for money for their upkeep following her father’s death.

Actress Omotola narrated in an interview;

Once, my mother and I went to beg for money in the house of one prominent Nigerian.
We were so totally hopeless that day. I have never told anybody this before.
We cried all day because my younger brothers school fees was due and we didn’t have money to pay

There was this man on my street, who is very rich. He is into Oil, Crude Oil. We walked to his house because we didn’t know what else to do.
We sat down at his gate from morning till night, when he came my mother and I sat on the pavement on the floor, by the gutter waiting for him to pull by. I remember that when he got to the gate, he wound down and he recognized my mum from their days at Landlords meeting.
He said Madam whats your problem. She told him everything.
He said oh I really feel for you.
Maybe we will talk later I am just coming from work and he drove in.
He said I am really tired.
The truth is that we never got anything from him

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4. Ramsey Nouah

Ramsey Nouah

Ramsey Nouah describes his story as someone who has ‘tasted both sides of the coin’ in the sense that he was born into a rich home but they lost it all.

Ramsey Nouah noted in an interview that, the moment he began to boast about what they had was the moment they lost it all, at a very tender age.

He grew up with his mother and at a point in life where his mother lost everything to flooding, he had to sleep in under bridges in Lagos, stores with nothing, not even a cup to drink water or stove to cook.

He said, ‘Yeah, those moments; those terrible moments when we had nothing and we were living off people. People were just helping us out. There were times we didn’t have food to eat three or four days. You haven’t eaten and your stomach is rumbling but you don’t have any place to go. There was a time I lived on the street, in shops. There was a time I slept under the bridge. It was unfortunate that there were no records so that we can have memories we could play back now. To me, I am so extremely grateful that I went through it. At that time I hated everybody around me. In fact, I used to question why God was doing this tome. But I think God knew that I needed this for my future.’

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