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Ckay Recounts Lone Life Struggles Before Stardom, Says He Had No Friends

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Nigerian singer and Warner South Africa act, Ckay has gone back memory lane, recounting his early days in Lagos.

Ckay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’ is amongst the most-searched song in the world according to Shazam Global chart, making it one of the biggest song of 2021.

Recounting his struggles before stardom, Ckay said: “When I moved to Lagos, I had to make money somehow to take care of myself because I wasn’t depending on my parents, so I started producing in studios around to make a living while pursuing my own stuff.

“I didn’t have friends, and I literally just walked up to the studios I found online and I would introduce myself as a producer and tell them what I could do for them.

“I was working in three studios at the same time, one in Dolphin, Ikoyi; another in Surulere, and the last one around Alfred Riwane in the boys’ quarters of a house there. Then I started working in Chocolate City at some point, making it four. I did all this because I had to survive”, he told Guardian Life.

Asked how music began for him, he said: “I grew up in Kaduna and it was very uninteresting. My parents didn’t let me go out a lot because they were strict Christian parents. My life revolved around home, church, and school. My childhood was very regular and my parents were middle-class earners so it’s not like I had rich parents and I was balling, it was just very average but I had a deep curiosity for music that led me to learn how to play the piano, guitar and eventually producing and that’s kind of how everything started.”



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