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I Would Have Been A Thug If… —Daddy Showkey

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showkey-300x256Many years ago, Daddy Showkey ruled the airwaves with his Ajegunle-styled music. In fact, many give him credit for bringing the popular Lagos slum, Ajegunle, into the consciousness of many in Nigeria. He is like a father figure in the area because of the role he played in discovering many other talents in the locality believed to be the haven of never-do-well in the society.
In fact, till today, Ajegunle is still believed to be a place where riff raffs live. Various forms of social vices occur in the area even though it has produced superstars.
Speaking recently in an interview, Daddy Showkey confessed that if not for the sake of music, he would have become something else in life. He made this known while reacting to why he insisted his child must be educated before plying his trade in music.
The Delta State-born musician and former Glo ambassador said he regretted not completing his education, saying he does not want his son to be like him.
“I am in support of education. I am not against music at all. Those who are saying I am not supporting him don’t know what actually happened,” the veteran singer said.
“I didn’t complete my education and I am always sad about that till today,” Daddy Showkey lamented, disclosing that, “And, that’s why I promised myself that all my children must be educated. If any of them wants to take up music, I will be glad but not at the expense of his/her education. Education, to me, is life and knowledge.”
He pointed out that, “If I had the opportunity to complete my education the way I would have loved, I am sure my life would be better off. I will like my son to fulfil my dream. I know he’s a good music producer, but I made a bargain with him that you have to break that jinx for me first.
“You must go to school and you must do well no matter what. If you can do that for me, honestly, I don’t mind to support him with my last penny. I am a father and it is very important that I give him a legacy that will help him in life even after I am dead.”
Speaking further on the issue, the ‘Diana’ crooner said, “I am not depriving him of anything. My parents tried to do the same thing to me, but thank God for giving me a way out through music because if not for that, I don’t know what I would have become.”
“What if my son does not have a second chance like I had? What if he does not even make it in music like I did? What will happen to his life?” he said.

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