A successful career is no longer enough unlike in the past when people were satisfied once they had a single paying job. The world has evolved into the age of ‘side hustle’.
Unlike women in several African cultures, the women in Nigeria are daring and are not afraid to be who they know they are meant to be. They are hardworking, driven and very ambitious.
Despite having thriving career, they still go out of their way to set up businesses that are run alongside their careers.
We present 14 Nigerian female celebrities that are part of this trend, running thriving businesses alongside their careers.
1. Mercy Aigbe
Apart from her known profession as an actress, Mercy Aigbe also runs and operates a boutique Magdivas located in Omole Estate.
2. Chika Ike
Chika ike who has made her mark as an actress owns Fancy Nancy boutique located in Abuja and is also into Real Estates. She also has a reality show known as ‘African Diva’.
3. Annie Idibia
Actress and wife of music Icon, 2Baba, Annie runs Be Olive Hair Collections where she sells human hair. She also runs a salon located in Atlanta, USA.
4. Gbemi Olateru – Olagbegi
OAP, Gbemi also started making shoes because she couldn’t find shoes that were her size. What started as a solution for her big feet is now a full-fledged business named Gbemisoke Shoes.
5. Genevieve Nnaji
An iconic actress in her own right, Genny transitioned into the fashion industry with the launch of her own fashion line. St Genevieve.
6. Yemi Alade
Known widely as Mama Africa, the ‘Johnny’ crooner ventured into the fashion world in 2015, launching her Jewelry line – The Yemi Alade Collection – a collection of an exclusive range of exotic costume jewelry inspired by her career and personality.
7. Agbani Darego
The 31 year old ex-beauty queen moved on to greater heights after winning the Miss World Beauty pageant in 2001. She has been a model for several local and international fashion brands, and in 2014 she launched her own denim range called AD by Agbani Darego, offering jeans, dresses, sunglasses and bags.
8. Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo Ojo is a popular Yoruba actress and she owns a beauty saloon, FESPRIS World at Ikeja.
9. Halima Abubakar
Halima Abubakar who just underwent a fibroid surgery took to the farming business as she owns a poultry farm in Kogi State.
10. Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele popularly known as Jenifa known as one of the most hardworking women in Nollywood has started a record label business named SOP Records with husband, JJC Skillz.
11. Omoni Oboli
Successful filmmaker and actress, Omoni Oboli delved into fashion when she launched her own clothing line, OmoniOboliByAve on June 5, 2017 in Lagos.
12. Kate Henshaw
Kate Henshaw is a successful actress, an author, a model and a real estate investor – an all-round entrepreneur. She even ventured into fitness training, launching her fitness DVD, Kate Fit For Life.
13. Toyin Lawani
Toyin Lawani is an entrepreneur with a lot of businesses in her empire which she calls Tiannah’s Place Empire. Asides from being a celebrity stylist, she is also a Skin Care Specialist and into the food business. She runs a popular restaurant in Lekki, Amala dot com.
14. Biodun Okeowo
Popular Yoruba actress, Biodun Okeowo aka Omobutty who is well known for her roles in movies also runs an exquisite spa called Victoria beauty spa.