Nigerian rapper and YBNL Nation founder, Olamide Adedeji better known Olamide has narrated how his growing up in the slum of Bariga axis of Lagos state motivated him to hustle hard. The rapper made this known in a recent interview with The Guardian UK where he recounted on his life journey to fame in his music career. According to the 32-year-old singer, surviving at the time was so difficult that getting three square meals was almost an impossible task for his family. He also stressed that the development played a significant role in his drive to succeed against the odds.
“Surviving was hard. Bariga was not far from the other slums you see across the world, from Mumbai to New York and London – life in the ghetto is almost always the same everywhere,” he said. “There were days when being able to afford three square meals was a big deal for my family. All of that motivated me to hustle hard – I wanted to see the whole world and experience different cultures from what I grew up seeing.” He added that ‘Triumphant‘, a track off ‘Carpe Diem’, his 2020 album, was inspired by the need to change the narrative about people living in ghettos.