Nigerian music superstar David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, Omo Baba Olowo O.B.O as revealed he went through some rough times for being black while schooling in Alabama.
He revealed this in a chat with the Recording Academy, the body governing the Grammy Awards.
He admitted it was hard for him to adjust and understand what was going on because of how young he was.
“Yeah, of course. It’s crazy, because I’m from both America and Africa, so I know how both sides think. I went to school in Alabama. I went to college at 15. I was very young. And Alabama was a predominantly white state. So being an African kid in a university where it’s 13% Black people, it’s amazing. It’s not easy,” he said.
“I had to learn a lot of the things when I was like, “Yo, why you look at me like that?” And not even just being Black, being African. They used to ask me questions like, “Yo, how’d you get to America?” I’m like, “What you mean? I came on a plane.” “Oh, y’all got airports?” Now every American wants to go to Africa.”
“Everybody wants to know where they’re from. So it’s good to see the transition from not being appreciated, to being appreciated right now. Even with fashion. You got designers making African print fashion, so it’s not only music. The culture is being felt everywhere.” Davido stated.
The father of three went on to express his joy at how much the Nigerian music industry has come to be accepted globally.
“And once the Afrobeat come on, you can tell the difference from the scenery, the feeling, the beats. Most people don’t even know what we saying, but they still listen to it. So that’s the great thing about it,” he said.