CKay, an artist from Nigeria, has described how he ignored his parents’ wishes in order to pursue music in Lagos.
In an interview with music writer Joey Akan, the music sensation discussed his path to fame.
Chukwuka Ekweani, better known as Ckay, is a Warner Music South Africa artist.
Before joining ADA, the independent label services of Warner Music Group, he was signed to Chocolate City.
The performer is well-known for his 2019 hit song “Love Nwantiti.”
The song debuted at the top of the charts in March 2022 when the Billboard Afrobeats chart was introduced.
Ckay said in the interview that he left Kaduna for Lagos to pursue a career in music because his parents “wanted me to do anything else besides music.”
He said that at the time, his family had rejected his professional decision since they didn’t know any better.
“I literally was a young boy from Anambra state that came to Lagos, trying to make, it in music. The fact that all this is happening a few years down the line is a dream, come true for me,” Ckay said.
“The amount of work that comes with it is so crazy that, most times, I even forget that my dreams came true.
“I’m so busy working that, sometimes, I have to stop and tell myself this is what I’d been dreaming about. But there’s so much work to be done that there’s hardly time to digest all that.
“I grew up in Kaduna where I left on November 3, 2014. I left because I wanted to pursue my dream of music but my parents weren’t encouraging. They had very different views on what I should be. We couldn’t come to agree.
“I imagined myself at the age of 40 regretting not chasing my dreams. That image didn’t look good. That’s why I left. They wanted me to do anything else but music. They understood I was a genius academically.”
CKay said it was a producer friend of his who lived in Lagos that helped him settle in.
“I was always a straight-A student. But I never really saw myself doing engineering. I wanted to do a job that was well paid. I knew my parents would kill me but I had to move. I did. I was saving for two months,” he added.
“I was producing and making money but not much. Like N5,000, bigger than my pocket money. I had a friend who was producing in Lagos. He had an apartment. I came. He offered to have me in his place for a while.
“I booked a flight. My parents didn’t know I was leaving but, if they paid attention, they would have seen the signs. As much as I was disobeying my parents, I felt they didn’t know better. So I’d just do it and show them later.”
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