The singer revealed this while speaking of his early inspirations during a perforMance on NPR’s Tiny Desk, a vidEO series of live concerts hosted by NPR MUSic at The desk of Bob Boilen, ‘All Songs Considered’ host, in Washington.
“The inspiration for me has been my faTher, a Nigerian-AmeriCan like me. He studied in The States. I studied There myself. I went to HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), a predominantly black college,” he said.
“I was about 10 to 11 years old when she died. She died on my faTher’s birthday. I always wish that she should have been alive,” he had said.
“I would have bought her a lot of diamonds and hoUSes but she knew that I was going to be great. My moTher was from Benin. I think I’m like her; I inherited her agility. She helped so Many pEOple to date.
“I go to some places and pEOple would tell me what my moTher did for Them. Before my moTher died, I was a mummy’s boy becaUSe my faTher was always bUSy. He was working and always traveling to places like China.”
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