During the Industrial Era, the formal educational system which we are still currently operating with was formed. The educational system was structured in such a way and manner as to prepare it’s students for working in the factories and finding a department in which they had the requisite skill-set.
However, education isn’t gotten only in schools. Education can be derived from a number of sources ranging from travel, the Internet, internships, associations with successful people, books, seminars etc.
In this post we would look at a few distinctive individuals who have made a name for themselves despite not successfully completing their University education. No one can describe them as illiterates, as they’ve understood that if the ultimate outcome of graduating from a university is to get a job and contribute to the economy, then they’re already doing just that.
1. Mercy Johnson: One of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood Mercy Johnson Okojie discloses that she got into the Nigerian movie industry because she failed her Jamb exam. Now she is possibly one of the most popular actresses in Nigeria.
2. Cosmos Maduka. African billionaire Cosmos Maduka dropped out of elementary school and became an apprentice at an age of seven, because of his father’s death. Currently he is the sole distributor for BMW and Ford cars in Nigeria and West Africa.
3. Vincent Obianodo. The name of this man, perhaps, is not very familiar. But his transportation company “The Young Shall Grow Motors” is well-known. Vincent Obianodo had not much education but today, he is one of Nigeria’s most successful businessmen.
4. Folorunsho Alakija: Folorunsho Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. The beautiful woman recently revealed that she never attended a university. She made this revelation at the United Nations International Youth Day held at the University of Lagos.
5. Olorogun Michael Ibru: Michael Ibru has only a school certificate to his name. The founder of Ibru Organization, one of the largest conglomerates in Nigeria, finished Igbobi college in 1951. Ibru is also the head of the richest family in Nigeria.
6. Razaq Akanni Okoya: The founder of Eleganza Group, which has a marketing span across West Africa, Razaq Akanni Okoya had his only formal education at Ansar-un-deen primary School, Oke popo, Lagos. This did not prevent him from becoming a Nigerian billionaire industrialist.
7. Orji Uzor Kalu: Orji Uzor Kalu is the chairman of SLOK Holding and the Daily Sun and New Telegraph newspapers. He was rusticated from Unimaid on students protest.
8. Michael Collins Ajere better known as Don Jazzy is one of the famous Nigerians, who didn’t need education to achieve success. The prolific music producer and C.E.O of Mavin Records dropped out of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in his first year.
In conclusion, to be educated is to be informed. To be aware of what is going on in your environment, and develop a understanding of how you either fit in or stand out, and figure out a way to thrive in that environment.
Success in life isn’t guaranteed by having a B.Sc but with choosing the right direction, drive and determination, success is almost always guaranteed in any field of human endeavor. So never give up on your dreams on account of not graduating from University, or having less than stellar performance in school, or not being as intellectually gifted as your friend. Have a belief system that supports your dreams and soon the world will come to know your name and your framed picture will be hanging in the hall of fame.