Nigerian Celebrities Who Defied Parental Wishes to Forge Their Own Career Paths


The influence of parental expectations on career choices is a pervasive issue among Nigerian youth, impacting both happiness and personal life.

Experts assert that parents often interfere with their children’s career decisions, emphasizing certain professions for perceived economic stability.

1. Chidi Mokeme: Nollywood’s Defiant Actor

Chidi Mokeme, the renowned Nollywood actor, recently disclosed his journey of defying his father’s wishes to pursue an acting career.

In an interview with Chude Jideonwo, Mokeme revealed how he absconded from home to focus on acting, as his father disapproved of his decision to become a thespian.

2. Alibaba’s Comedy Journey Amidst Father’s Disapproval

Veteran comedian and actor, Alibaba, faced a decade-long rift with his father after choosing comedy over law.

Despite his efforts to communicate his career choice, Alibaba experienced silence and disapproval from his father. Determined to prove himself, he ventured into comedy to validate his chosen path.

3. Femi Branch: Nollywood Actor’s Struggle Against Parental Expectations

Nollywood actor Femi Branch shared his experience of nearly being disowned by his father for studying theatre arts instead of law.

Despite his father’s disappointment, a turning point occurred when Branch featured in an MTN commercial, leading to a reconciliation between father and son.

4. Davido’s Battle with Musical Aspirations and Fatherly Opposition

Nigerian music sensation Davido faced resistance from his billionaire father, Adedeji Adeleke, in the early stages of his career.

Adhering to traditional values, Davido’s father wanted him to prioritize education over music. The conflict escalated to the point where the police were sent to arrest Davido and disrupt his performances.

5. Spyro’s Rebellion for Musical Dreams

Singer Spyro shared his personal ‘war’ with his father over choosing a music career. Recounting the episode on Tea With Tay podcast, Spyro revealed that his father, having thwarted his dreams of being a fine artist, opposed his decision to become a musician.

The artist rebelled against parental disapproval, determined to pursue his passion.


These instances highlight the struggles of Nigerian celebrities who faced parental opposition in their pursuit of unconventional career paths.

The clashes between dreams and expectations offer insights into the challenges many youths encounter when navigating their professional journeys against traditional norms.

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