Creativity, the love of the arts, has made these notable Nigerian celebrities who started out studying law to abandon their field of studies for the art. They abandon the sobriety of the gown and wig for the glamorous way of arts.
They decided to drop the regimented life of dressing in black and white, wig and gown to a more relaxed career with flexibility in their dressing. Here are 16 Nigerian lawyers turned celebrities.
Actor, film producer and a proprietor of a school of art in Ibadan, Femi was born to an actor father, Otunba Adebayo Salami so for him, acting runs in his vein. But Femi did not rise to the peak of his acting career until in the 2000s. Even though Femi studied law from the University of Ilorin, Kwara and later got Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Theatre Art, he had started acting before he went to the university. After graduation Femi practiced law for some years specializing in estate and property law before acting got a better part of him. Femi is a toast of movie producers in the Yoruba movie genre.
Veteran Nollywood actor popularly referred to as RMD had his first degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Benin. After making an indelible impact in the make believe industry as an actor, RMD went back to the University of Lagos in 1997 to earn a degree in Law to fulfil his mother’s life long wish for her son to be a Lawyer. He was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar.
She is the boss of House of Tara, a make-up business. Tara started her make-up business while in the Lagos State University studying Law. Tara never practiced Law but she has said that her knowledge of Law has helped her to manage her make-up and beauty business.
Celebrity photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi is a qualified Lawyer from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was called to bar in 1993 and set up his studio shortly afterwards. He is the publisher of Mania Magazine.
Kemi started her romance with the entertainment industry as a Law undergraduate when she was working as an On-Air-Personality on Rythym 93.7. After discovering her interest in entertainment, TV host and musical video director, Kemi Adetiba, went on to study Film Making in New York Film Academy. Kemi is the brain behind several great music videos.
Fashion designer and beautiful daughter of Ibadan billionaire, Chief Akindele, Folake Coker, is a qualified lawyer with a Master degree in Petroleum Law. Folake Coker, the brains behind Tiffany Amber quickly recognised her passion for fashion and traded her wig and gown for scissors and tapes establishing her luxury line Tiffany Amber as far back as 1998.
She is the creative Director of Jewel by Lisa and originator of embellished ankara prints. Lisa attended the University of Lagos where she obtained a Law degree. She established Jewel by Lisa in 2005 and quickly became a force to reckon with as her creative style captured the attention of the international fashion world. Jewel by Lisa has been rocked by celebrities like Solange Knowles, Kendal Jenner and Catt Sandler of E! etc.
Despite having a musician father, Finke Bucknor-Obruthe studied Law in the University of Lagos but knew their hearts lay elsewhere. Funke worked very briefly with St Matthew Daniel and Balogun law firm after her graduation before the pioneer events coordinating company with her Zapphaire Events company.
On-Air-Personality and sister to Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, Tosyn Bucknor also read Law in the University of Lagos. Tosyn started her romance with the media as an undergraduate with her weekly column in The Guardian newspaper. Asides singing, she currently works as an OAP with Top 90.9fm and also has written scripts for shows like Amstel Malta Box-office season 2&3 and The Apprentice Africa.
Nigeria female rapper, Sasha P, is a graduate of Law from the University of Lagos. She has also delved into fashion designing.
TV personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu has been a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry. After obtaining a Law degree from the University of Abuja, Ebuka came into public consciousness as contestant on the reality television show Big Brother Nigeria in 2006. Ebuka has never left the public glare since then. Ebuka does not only have a degree in Law, he also has a Master degree in it.
For her first it was Mass Communication, a course she abandoned after obtaining an Ordinary National Diploma in it from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnics, Ogun state. She later went to University of Lagos to study Law but before she was done in the university, entertainment has eaten deep into her. Her first appearance on television drama was in ‘You Need to Know’ as a teenager. After graduation, Funke Akindele never tried going to the Law School as she knew what she wanted to be before graduation.
Lolo 1 of Wazobia FM
Populaly known as Omotunde Adebowale Davies,Lolo 1 is a graduate of Lagos state Univeristy, Ojo where she studied Law. She practiced the law profession for three years before she left her wig and gown to be an on-air-personality. She roks the airwaves as the Lolo1 on popular Pidgin English speaking radio station, Wazobia FM.
Bose Osayemi abandoned the sobriety of the law profession for the excitement of the entertainment industry. Lepacious Bose is one of the few female comedians in the country. Her stage name, Lepacious Bose is a contradiction of her stature but it has really worked for her.
Omawumi graduated from the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo state where studied law in 2005. She worked briefly at her brother’s law firm, O.S Megbele and Associates before she contesting for the Idols West Africa in 2007. Omawumi embraced entertainment through her participating in West African Idols where she emerged as the first runner up and ever since she has embraced music forgetting her wigs and gown.
For somebody like Falz many were taken aback when he abandoned Law which foe entertainment. This is because Falz, born Folarin Falana is the son of erudite lawyer and social commentator, Femi Falana. Falz studied Law in the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. After Law school Falz worked in his father’s chambers for a while before following his heart desire. Today Falz is sings and has spread his entertainment tentacle to acting.