Yes, Nigerian producer and CEO of one of the biggest record labels in Africa (Mavins), Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy worked as security guard in the United Kingdom.
Before finding himself as a singer, producer and entrepreneur, Don Jazzy worked as a security guard in the UK until he realized he could make some money from playing the bass guitar.
“I worked as a security guard in the UK, and after a while I realized I could make some money playing the bass guitar. A friend of mine helped me and took me with their band to play at restaurants and different venues,” he says.
At the time, he would make £150 or £200 for playing for about five hours in London.
“The band got popular that I could make £500 per gig. I grew to the point that I played at a wedding for the President’s daughter at the time.” This steered him to music production.
Two years later, with then partner D’banj, he decided to move back to Nigeria to make Afrobeats.
“We worked on the album in the UK, so that when we got home we would have something to present. As soon as we got home people accepted us and loved the music.”
It was upward movement from then on.
Don Jazzy is a multi-award winning artist, was an MTN brand ambassador and is running a successful record label which is home to stars like Dr.SID and Tiwa Savage.
Don Jazzy is into real estate business and recently launched Flobyt, a company that provides free Wi-Fi in Nigeria.
“With Flobyt we make money from advertising because the people watch like a 10-second video before logging on.”
There is no turning back for Don Jazzy.
Culled from Forbes Africa May 2017 edition.