How poverty made me a singer – Asake spills, says he was a dancer


The multi-award-winning Nigerian singer Ahmed Ololade, better known by his stage name Asake, recently revealed a new insight into how he got his start.

He acknowledged that his true motivation for considering a career in music was poverty.

The 28-year-old claimed that he was a dancer at first but that he switched to singing when dancing became unprofitable. Asake revealed this in a recent interview with ABC News.

The “Yoga” singer claimed that his interest in singing was also sparked by his father’s early exposure to music. He declared:

“My parents used to play me a lot of classical Songs. They love listening to songs. The kind of father I have is the one that will wake up in the morning and have one cigarette then loud music.

“At the end of the day, I feel like I can actually sing. Then I added music to it. Maybe because I know how to dance then I know how to bounce on music. I actually don’t want to be a musician in the first place. I just wanted to dance. It feels like water. I love everything that comes with dancing.

“But at the end of the day, after dancing I fell in love with having money too. Then I started thinking about it, is dance going to give me the kind of money I want?”

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