6 Nigerian Celebrities That Attempted Career Changes


July 16, 2019

It’s important for people to break out of their comfort zones and try new things. It’s also important for people to know their limits. These 5 celebrities listed below did not know (or refused to acknowledge) their limits and it led to hilarious pieces of pop culture that’ll haunt them forever.

1) Genevieve Nnaji

In 2004, when she and a couple of other Nollywood big names were on a temporary ban from Nollywood for charging too much, Genevieve Nnaji stormed the music scene with a single that no one saw coming (or even wanted) named “No More.” It became a smash hit mostly because it carved a hole for itself in the “so bad it’s good” category.

What no ever talked about, though, was how the song was lowkey a women empowerment anthem. In it, Genevieve sings about how she finally has the strength she needs to move on from an abusive relationship. Here are a few lyrics from the chorus:

“No More hits oh. No more Crying oh. No more fighting oh. No more tears oh. I got my freedom power and more!”

Genevieve Nnaji: a feminist queen ahead of her time. This is why we have decided to stan forever. 🙌

2) Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

2005 (a year during which she was under the same ban Genevieve was under) saw the release of Omotola’s debut album titled “Gba!“. It spawned the single “Naija Lowa,” a generic western-sounding party song that was very much a product of its time. In 2012, she released the single “Feel Alright” (the video above) to raise awareness for an album she planned to release that year named “Me, Myself, and Eyes.”

The album never came out.

3) Jim Iyke

This nigga woke up one morning in 2007 and decided to start his own record label. As if that wasn’t enough, he released a whole ass album and even managed to drag some music big names into the mess of a project. His debut single titled “Who Am I?” featured 2Face, and I’ve spent the better part of my adult life wondering how.

4) 2Face Idibia

In the early 2000s, when TuFace was at the height of his powers, someone convinced him to star in a movie named The Twist alongside Carol Dajuma (née Ekanem), and Emeka Enyiocha. The only thing funnier than his acting was the movie’s plot. In it, TuFace and Emeka Enyiocha play brothers who fall for the same girl (Carol Ekanem). While both brothers fight over who gets to have Carol’s character, she picks Tuface. This leads to a marriage proposal and an offscreen genital bump session. By the end of the movie, it is revealed that all three characters are somehow siblings. The end.

I guess you could say that this movie gave “Flowers In The Attic” a run for its money.

5) Kaffy

Dance queen and Guinness World Record breaker, Kaffy, is well known for choreographing music videos and live shows. However, in 2010, she decided to branch out into the music side of things by releasing a song titled, “Omo Gidi.

The song was bad. But you know what was worse?

The music video.

6) Tonto Dikeh

I remember where I was seven years ago when Tonto Dikeh dropped this terrible autotune-laden banger. The internet exploded with jokes and parodies, which led to Tonto (who at this point had nicknamed herself “Poko Baby”) convincing herself that we were all haters. When she released the video not long after, the song had somehow become Dubstep, a genre makeover that did nothing to improve the song’s quality.

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