Why I Wasn’t Close To My Dad As A Child – Davido Reveals


The 30BG boss and superstar David Adeleke also known as Davido has disclosed the reason why he was not very close to his father, Adedeji Adeleke.

davido and Daddy, Adeleke
davido and Daddy, Adeleke

The father of Afrobeat artist Davido, Adedeji Adeleke is one of the successful businessmen and millionaires in Nigeria. His son, Davido has disclosed in an interview with the American-based podcast Earn Your Leisure why he was distant from his father as a child growing.

According to Davido, he was not close to his father because he was a workaholic. He disclosed how he used to go to work and come back home very late almost every day. He said he did not know his father was rich.


“From my younger days till I was about 11, I wasn’t really close to my dad because he was all about work and work. I remember him coming home late every day. I didn’t know what he was doing. I didn’t even know he was rich”.

According to Davido, he did not know his father was rich till he was 13 years old he said he realized the magnitude of his father’s wealth when they moved into their new house and when he saw his father driving a Honda at that time.


“From the new house, that was when I started trying to know what my dad did and I got to know that he was into business. I come from a family where there’s no entertainment. It’s straight-up; you go to school and get a degree and it’s either two options. It’s either my dad gets you a job from his rich friends or you work for him, I was the first one to really branch out and do entertainment.

In an interview with an American-based podcast, Earn Your Leisure, Davido stated that his father sent the police after him when he heard he has abandoned his studies to venture into music. He disclosed that he also skipped school to the studio to do what he loves most.

“I wasn’t in school. I was facing music full time and over the years, he found out that I wasn’t in school and there was a whole lot of drama. I moved back to Nigeria and then he wanted me to go back to school.

“Because he was like ‘after school, you can go back to do the music and bla bla bla. Just get your degree first’ which I’ve gotten. Thanks to God”.


Davido revealed that he delve deeper into music after he was informed that people went crazy after one of his songs was played in the club those days so he stopped the school to pursue music. “I left school. I went back to the city and then my dad was chasing me with police.”

“They were coming after me to back to school. Any show he (my dad) saw me on, on a flier or whatever, he was shutting the show down” Davido said. Davido disclosed that he got his breakthrough in the music industry after he released his song “Dami Duro”.

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