6 Famous Nigerian celebrities who were once doctors and why they quit (Number 4 will surprise you)

Nobody can predict what the future holds. It’s intriguing to observe how people wind up dating certain people, landing certain jobs, or how life plays out for many people.

Let’s have a look at 5 famous Nigerians who quit their occupations as doctors to work in the entertainment industry.


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Peruzzi, a well-known Nigerian musician best known for songs like “Amaka” and “Somebody Baby,” attended Odessa State Medical University in Nigeria to study medicine and surgery. Later, on a Ubi Franklin Instagram Live, he disclosed why he quit medicine.

My mum supported my decision to enroll in medical school. The lab coat was forcing me to give up what I wanted, so I had to let it go.

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Dr. Sid

It’s not a publicity stunt to have a doctor named Dr. Sid. The gifted singer behind classics like Surulere, Something About You, and Over The Moon graduated from the University of Ibadan with a degree in Dental Surgery and spent three years working as a houseman before pursuing a career in music.

Omeili Kiki

Kiki Omeili is a Nigerian actress who formerly practiced medicine. She is best known for her role as Lovette on Lekki Wives. At the University of Lagos, the actress earned a degree in medicine with honors. Kiki spoke to The Punch about deciding to pursue acting instead of medicine:

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Some people think I’m crazy for leaving medicine to pursue a career in acting. I’m simply doing what I enjoy. I was always interested in stage performances and debates when I was in secondary school. When it came time for me to attend university, I decided to major in medicine. However, by the time I finished my medical studies, I realized that I was still drawn to the arts. I practised for a while, but I needed to follow my passion.

  1. Beautiful Nubia

Segun Akinlolu, popular as Beautiful Nubia, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and band leader who earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan in 1992. He went on to work as a veterinarian for about eight years.

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Kate Henshaw

The final celebrity on our list is Nigerian actress Kate Henshaw. Kate is a well-known actress who has appeared in films such as Chief Daddy, 4th Republic, Stronger Than Pain, Domitila, and others. Kate spent one year at the University of Calabar for remedial studies after finishing primary and secondary school in Lagos and Calabar before majoring in Medical Microbiology at the School of Medical Lab Science, Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

During an Instagram Live, Kate explained why she left her job as a doctor:

I wanted to be a doctor so that I could help people. But I discovered that I dislike blood and injections. It evolved into Medical Micro Biology, an alternative medical practice.