Davido: Why I hid from my mother, father for half a year

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Nigerian Afro pop singer Davido has opened up about his parents’ disapproval of his music when he was a student at Babcock University, explaining that they wanted him to focus on his education.

Davido’s billionaire father Deji Adeleke attempted to quash the musician’s dream to pursue music after Davido informed him of his career choice.

Mr Adeleke even threatened Davido’s manager Kamal from working with his son.

In a recent interview with Ebro Darden of Hot 97 in New York, days after his performance at One Africa Music Fest, Davido said: “I was hanging out with D’banj at the time, he had that Kanye deal. I now told my dad that I was trying to stay, and he was like ‘What? My friend you better go back to school’.”

Determined to succeed in his quest, Davido ignored his father’s words.

“I called my roommate, and told him ‘Imma do this no more. If my dad calls, tell him you don’t know where I’m at. When I left, my family was looking for me for like six months. They sent a letter to D’banj house, they sent a letter to Psquare’s house, they sent letters to everybody’s house,” the Aye  hit-maker recalled.

“My dad was calling the school, and they were telling him; ‘He wasn’t even here for the past semester, he left…’ It was like the whole Nigeria knew who I was before I even dropped a single,” Davido told.

When the singers father could not get to him, he opted to threaten his son’s associates.

“Kamal, who is my manager now, used to be Don Jazzy’s assistant. My dad started calling him and said ‘if I see you guys with my son, all of you are getting arrested.’”

However, the singer persisted and went ahead to release his first song, Back When, in 2011 which received frequent airplay in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.

Mr Adeleke would later approve of his son’s career path when Davido’s mucial career started to pay off.

Nonetheless, the feted singer continued with his education and graduated from Babcock University, Ilishan- Remo, Ogun State in Nigeria on June 5, 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Second Class Upper degree in music.

 

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