Before Davido became one of the biggest singers in Africa, he was an undergraduate in Babcock University, where his father mandated him to go after dropping out of school in the US.
After dropping out of Oakwood University in Alabama and coming to Nigeria to pursue music, his father wanted him to go back to school, but Davido could not return to school in the US, so they reached a compromise for him to study in Nigeria while he pursued his music career.
Davido graduated from Babcock University in 2015 but started his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme only last month.
Recall Davido narrated in an interview with the Breakfast Club how his father was hellbent on him finishing his tertiary education, and even went as far as getting him arrested.
He said: “When I was in college, that’s when the Nigerian, African (music) industry became big. Back then, it was 2face, D’banj and Psquare. Those were the three hottest singers back then.
“I went back (to Nigeria) one Christmas, and the artistes were making bread (money), the songs were being played everywhere on the radio. That’s when I fell in love.
“After I fell in love with the music, I bought studio equipment when I came back (to the US). I actually used to record for the Jamaicans in my dorm.
“Everything changed after I met the Jamaicans.
“As a producer, I used to make demo tracks and I’d shop it to artistes. I had a cousin called Mpizzle. I made a demo track for him but he did not record it. So I dropped it and put some rapper on it, and it became big.”
After releasing his first song, ‘Back When’ featuring Naeto C, Davido said he snuck into Nigeria to perform at shows and promote his music.
“Those days, my dad was hearing ‘David is in Nigeria’. At the time, I was not in school for about a year,” he said.
“The song was hot so I started doing club gigs. He found out and all hell broke loose. He started sending police to the shows, arresting the promoters.
“I remember the first show I did… there were 50 policemen. Back then, they arrested my girl, my manager, the show promoter.
“Then the song started getting big, so it was getting harder for my dad to send the police after me. Then at some my point, my dad called me and said ‘let’s have a meeting’, so we met up.”