Everyone has a story to tell about life.
Many people have often shared their experiences on how they had to survive hard times to make it in life.
And just like many others, some of our favourite celebrities also have similar stories to tell.
As sophisticated and rich as they look today, some of them have been through various ordeals to get to where they are now.
YEN.com.gh brings you 5 celebrities and the modest work they did before coming into the limelight.
1. Gifty Anti: Before becoming a powerful female media mogul today, Gifty Anti had an encounter with carpentry. Yes! Gifty Anti was a carpenter.
In her own words, she had to “hit hammer on nails, plane and sandpaper woods” before she could make ends meet.
In an interview about six years ago, Gifty Anti, now Oheneyere said she grew up with her father and life was difficult for them.
Therefore, to support her dad in caring for their basic needs, she did carpentry and other minor trades for money.
Her sacrifices have been rewarded today as she stands tall among other Ghanaian celebrities.
Her show ‘The Standpoint’ is one of the most popular feminist programmes on national TV.
Oheneyere Gifty Anti got married to the Chief of Adumasa, Aburi, Nana Ansah Kwaw IV in 2015; and welcomed her first child this year at age 47.
2. Joe Mettel: He is obviously the most sensational gospel singer in Ghana. Joe Mettel is the reigning Ghana Music Award Artiste of the Year.
He has also shared some hard times in his life before rising to the stage in which he finds himself now.
For the ‘Owawani’ hit maker, he had not gotten so low in his life than when he had to eat dry gari with groundnut paste (not soup). The groundnut paste was not even for him but he ate it because he was hungry and had no option.
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’.
But he said he was never shy of selling waakye for many years because that was how he could support his mother who also engaged in petty trading for survival.
In his own words, buyers even preferred him to serve them because he was giving them more waakye for less money.
Indeed, his life story emphasizes the fact that no condition is permanent and also one’s past cannot always determine his future.
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3. Nana Ama Mc-Brown: Nana Ama McBrown, undoubtedly is one of the most successful movie stars and entrepreneur in Ghana. She is a versatile actress who is able to do justice to any role at all that she is given.
But before becoming the movie star she is now, Nana Ama worked as a professional footballer.
She was part of the Kotoko Ladies Team for 5 years. She entered into movies because she was not getting more money as she expected she would in football.
Nana Ama currently is also a brand ambassador for companies and brands including Tasty Tom Tomato Paste, Hi-Sense Electronics, Calorad, just to mention a few.
4. Emmanuel Andrews Samini: Popularly known as Samini, the talented reggae/dancehall artiste is highly esteemed as one of the pioneers of reggae and dancehall music in Ghana.
But before becoming famous, Samini helped his mother to sell waakye. Therefore, just like Joe Mettel, Samini was also a waakye seller.
Samini’s mother was reportedly selling her waakye at Dansoman and it was the most sought-after waakye joint then.
Today, Samini is the boss of High-Grade music Family and has nurtured music talents of Kaakie, Kofi Kinaata, Shatta Wale, the late Ghetto KB and many others.
Who could tell that such a male waakye seller would rise to become a famous musician?
5. Kumi Guitar: This high-life sensation was a taxi driver before becoming a poplar musician. He shot into fame in 2016 with his hit highlife tune, ‘Obra’. Until becoming a musician, Kumi Guitar worked diligently as a taxi driver for a living.
So the next time you see these celebrities anywhere, remember that they started from somewhere.
No condition is permanent. With hard work and determination they made it and you can too!
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