Famous people get almost everything they want for free, so long as they keep getting famous. Is that not the life everybody wishes for?

It’s harder to be famous in Ghana, even when you get famous, the money side of fame is not a small task. As much as they wanted to be big and make their talents known to Ghana and the world, they had a plan B of living a normal life, like everybody else.

Here are the jobs your favorite Ghanaian celebs did before they became famous.

Sarkodie – Graphic Designer

Right after Senior High School (Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, Medassco), Sarkodie, an aspiring rapper, enrolled in one of the schools offering computer classes to learn graphic designing whilst he skipped classes to the studios. God willing he made a career out of it.

 

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Wendy Shay – Midwife

She is a trained Nurse and worked as a Midwife in the clinical field in Germany before relocating to Ghana.

 

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Ohemaa Mercy – Teacher

The singer once stated in an interview that she still has plans of opening her own school. “I just like seeing children in the classroom.”

 

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Samini – Waakye Seller

Samini’s mother sold waakye at Dansoman, one of the most sought-after waakye joint then. So he will help his mother sell waakye.

 

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Nana Ama McBrown – Footballer

She played for Kotoko ladies for 5 years.

 

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Stonebwoy – Student

He released his first hit song “my heart” while still in high school at Methodist Day Secondary School.

 

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Kumi Guitar – Taxi Driver

Kumi Guitar of “Break Into Two” fame was and is still a taxi driver.

 

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Kwabena Kwabena – Teacher

 

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Kontihene – Student

Kontihene had his breakthrough when he was just a student at Opoku Ware Secondary School.

 

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Agya Koo – Shoeshine boy

He was a shoeshine boy and an aspiring musician. He had his breakthrough in movies. He said he even once wanted to be a backup singer for K.K. Kabobo when he was shining his shoe for him.

 

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John Dumelo – Civil Engineer

 

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Bulldog – Graphic Designer

He was a graphic designer at Charter House before branching into artiste management.

 

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Yvonne Nelson – Student

She was a student at Central University.

Emelia Brobbey – Teacher

She is a professionally trained teacher at the Presbyterian College of Education and teaching before going into acting.

 

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Van Vicker – Professional Hair Stylist

When Van Vicker came from Liberia to Ghana, he opened a barbing salon. That was what he was doing before he received a ‘call to serve’ in the movie industry

 

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Afia Schwarzenegger – Waakye Seller

Her first job in South Africa was to wash utensils for a Ghanaian who owns a restaurant there. She also worked for an Indian owned restaurant by washing utensils after she left the Ghanaian restaurant.

Later, she set up her own restaurant and sold Banku to the Ghanaians around. She later moved to sell Waakye because that was more profitable.

 

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Bisa Kdei – Café Attendant

 

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Kwaw Kese – Mason

 

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Becca – Childcare Worker

The singer was a childcare worker in the UK before she turned a star.

 

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Gifty Anti – Carpenter

 

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Joe Mettle – Waakye Seller

His mother was a waakye seller and petty trader and this is what he did. He was known in his area as ‘Nuu Waakye-tse’ meaning ‘male waakye seller’.

 

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Jackie Appiah – Student

In 2001, just after completing Achimota Preparatory, Jackie Appiah received her breakthrough when she was invited by Edward Seddoh Junior, the writer of a new television series, ‘Things We Do for Love’ as a cast member.

 

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Sister Afia – Nurse

She is a professionally trained nurse in the UK

 

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Mr. Eazi – Engineer

“After I came back from Ghana, I got a job in oil and gas in Port Harcourt that paid about six thousand dollars per month but I quit because I was not finding fulfillment in it. I mean it was the same thing every day, the same routine over and over again.

 

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M.anifest – Student

In 2007, he released his firm album “Manifestations” while still a student at Macalester College in Minnesota, USA.