Davido Says He Was Mocked For Being Black In America

Top Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, has said he was mocked for being black while he was at a college in Alabama, USA.

David Adeleke

The 27-year-old Afrobeats star who was born in Atlanta shared his racism experience during an interview with Grammy.com.

He said he was often mocked because of the colour of his skin at the college which is predominantly white state.

“Yeah, of course. It’s crazy, because I’m from both America and Africa, so I know how both sides think. I went to school in Alabama. I went to college at 15. I was very young. And Alabama was a predominantly white state. So being an African kid in a university where it’s 13% Black people, it’s amazing.

It’s not easy. I had to learn a lot of the things when I was like, “Yo, why you look at me like that?” And not even just being Black, being African. They used to ask me questions like, “Yo, how’d you get to America?” I’m like, “What you mean? I came on a plane.” “Oh, y’all got airports?”

He however commended that the narrative about Africa is changing, adding that many Americans now crave to visit Africa and now appreciate the continent.

“Now every American wants to go to Africa. Everybody wants to know where they’re from. So it’s good to see the transition from not being appreciated, to being appreciated right now. Even with fashion. You got designers that making African print fashion, so it’s not only music. The culture is being felt everywhere”, he said.

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