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The Nigerian music industry is bustling with millionaire artistes, who have made it big through their skills and God-given talent.

Many of the millionaire artistes seen today were nowhere to be found years back, as everybody has a story to tell.

The navigation through poverty to wealthy status could not be funny, so many rivers to cross and many landmines to escape to survive the war.

However, TVC have taken a look at five of these artistes and the kind of jobs they did to survive in life before they climbed the ladder.

1. Patoranking
Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, popular as Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter.

Born and raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town, Lagos. Patoranking hails from Onicha, Ebonyi State.

He was a rat poison seller before he became famous.

2. Psquare
The Okoye Brothers – Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye, known as Mr. Psquare – their defunct group, were born on the 18th of November 1981.

The duo were born in Jos, the Plateau capital but their origin is Ifite Dunu in Anambra State.

Peter, known now as Mr. P once worked as an attendant in a supermarket, while Paul, known now as Rudeboy was an electrician – did some electrical repairs.

3. Banky W
Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, was born 27th March 1981 in New York, United States.

The music star, who has digressed into movies and recently politics, has an estimated net worth of $5 Million.

Banky once worked as a Sales-boy in the US.

4. Timaya was a plantain seller
Inetimi Timaya Odon, stage name Timaya, was born 15th August 1980

He is the founder of DM Records Limited, and his solo career began in 2005 with the release of “Dem Mama”.

Timaya was a plantain seller before stardom, though, it’s no news as he’s still that plantain boy.

5. Don Jazzy

Born 26th November 1983 as Michael Collins Ajereh, known professionally as Don Jazzy, from Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State.

He is the founder and the CEO of Mavin Records. Don Jazzy was co-owner of the defunct Mo’ Hits Records record label with Dbanj.

Don Jazzy once worked as a security guard for McDonald, a popular fast-food company, in the UK.

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