In the interview on the latest episode of the +44 Amazon Music podcast, Davido, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, shared candid details about his educational journey. The 30-year-old music icon, known for his hit songs and interesting lifestyle, admitted that he initially dropped out of university to pursue his music career, but his father intervened to encourage him to continue his education.
Davido narrated how he had left the university to focus on his music, which had become a promising career path for him. However, his father, a successful businessman and philanthropist, was adamant that he should complete his education. In order to motivate his son, Chief Adeleke resorted to promising to build him a world-class studio and pay for his music videos.
He said, “My dad is just big on education. The first place I came to when I ran from home was London. From there I came back to Nigeria and my dad wanted me to go to school ask so I was like ‘What is in it for me?’
He said if I go to school, he has a land not far; he will build me a studio. But I should go to school from Mondays to Fridays and on weekends, work in the studio during the weekend. It was a world-class studio. He will give me money to shoot some videos.”
Davido acknowledged that it was a strong motivator for him to reconsider his decision and enrol back in university. The singer eventually graduated with a second-class upper degree from the Music Department of Babcock University in Osun State.
Davido, who has won multiple awards and accolades for his music, is known for his philanthropic efforts and has been involved in various charitable activities. He has also been an advocate for education and has supported educational initiatives in Nigeria, including providing scholarships to underprivileged students.