One of the expensive prices associated with stardom is the absence of total privacy. As a celebrity, you can hardly do anything you wish like eating at a regular “mama-put” joint, go to the mall to shop, or even taking a stroll down the street you live.
EME music star Ayodele Balogun aka WizKid has said in a recent interview that the fear of being mobbed by his fans is stopping from completing his university education.
Before he became a household name, Wizkid was a student at a private university in Ibadan, Oyo State but as soon as he became a music brand he finds it difficult to stay and concentrate in class.
Read an excerpt of the interview below…
When did you finally decide you were going to do music?
I started when I was 11 years, in church; and from then on, I’ve been in love with music and everybody in my family knows that. I dropped an album in church. I performed in church. I go from church to church for performance. I did a couple of concerts and later when I told my parents that I wanted to take music serious, they refused.
They told me if I wanted to do this professionally, I had to stay in school. I had to stay in school and again do music professionally. So, it was like a double task for me. I’m thankful to God for where I am now.
Starting from the church to secular music, what was the transition like?
If you listen to my songs, you will see I’m always thankful to God. My relationship with God is private; it’s between me and God and I don’t feel anybody should come and judge based on what I do. The music I make is for the pleasure of it. The music I make, I thank my God as well.
You said your parents wanted you to go to school. When are you fulfilling that?
I’ve fulfilled it already. I was in university and I left in my second year. Before I left, I was doing very fine academically and my parents had no problem with that; but when the music and the brand became bigger, I couldn’t stay in class because people were mobbing me.
It got really crazy and I don’t think there is any university I will go in Nigeria without getting mobbed. So, I just had to take a break from school and focus on my music for now.
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