Peruzzi said Chioma is his mother’s cousin’s daughter and when she told him she was in a relationship with Davido , he found it hard to believe. He also noted that around that time , Davido was also showing him love and supporting his brand on social media.
On Meeting Davido for the First Time
After my mother’s burial; I was going home and someone sent me a message on Twitter , commending my song. The person asked if I remembered her. After she explained who she was , I remembered her. She told me Davido sent my song to her. I didn’t believe it. She further told me that they were dating and she is like my distant cousin , so I didn’t even see it coming.
I felt like how can she be dating Davido and I wouldn’t know since. She was able to convince me after she sent me some pictures; she told me he was going to be around the next day. She invited me to his welcome party and I went there around 2 am at Club 57.
Once Davido entered with his entourage , I was scared. He was facing me , but I didn’t know what to do. I moved to see him carefully. He looked at me and called my name. I was happy and I held him. He told me he loved my songs and that I should come to his house. That was the best night of my life. I sent Chioma a text; that I was with him.
I couldn’t sleep that night because I was too excited. She (Chioma) is my mother’s cousin’s daughter. But she is my cousin; that is how we refer to each other. I don’t have a proper contract with Davido; he is my guy so I am not worried about that. Some people have lived with him for years without any contract.
On Overcoming Challenges
I was born into a family where everybody sings. I have two sisters , and I am the last child and the only son. My dad bought me a piano when I was seven years old. The first song I ever learnt how to play was a gospel song. I was a member of the choir; I was born into a Christian family.
My dad was an engineer and my mum was a nurse. After high school , I went to university to study medicine and surgery. In my first year , I didn’t do music because I had to be serious. In my second year , I was at the dinner of a Valentine’s Day party and my guys set me up to sing. People liked my rendition and wanted me to continue singing.
I continued , and they started paying me to perform at shows. I started battling with doing music and medicine. I was doing it like that till my third year. After my fifth year , I had issues after my passport was stolen. I travelled to get a new passport and that was when Extreme Music contacted me. I was stressed out and decided to return to Nigeria.
I needed about $400 to complete the money needed for my flight ticket back to Nigeria and my girlfriend gave it to me. We packed my things together and she was even crying. I didn’t tell my father I was coming (to Nigeria); I only told my immediate sister and mother. When my father saw me , he thought l came home for a holiday.
When he realised I left my studies , he called a family meeting. I had to leave the house and rent an apartment close to the house because I still needed food from home as I didn’t have money at the time. There was no pocket money coming from my father anymore.
My mum used to send me food. I tried my best but it wasn’t working out. One man from Malaysia listened to my song and signed me but it still didn’t work out. I went to Abuja but my father was still disturbing me and asking me to go back to school.
The pressure was too much and I had to break up with my girlfriend at the time. I started drinking but I decided to channel my anger into writing songs. I didn’t listen to any Nigerian music for three years; I was trying to find myself. I was writing songs and singing it to the people in the house.
Three years later , I recorded a song and after that , I lost my mother to cancer. I cried but I still released the song because I was determined. I kept sharing the song. Even though I got blocked by people on social media , I persisted. I went to Abuja to do radio rounds.
I slept and woke up one evening , only to check my phone and saw messages from people telling me to check Davido’s Snapchat account. I saw that he liked my song; I was excited. I still didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t tempted to send Davido a message on social media. My song , Amaka , with 2Baba also changed my life financially; I got a lot of calls for shows.
On Comments about Wearing Davido’s Clothes
How would you see something you like and you can’t tell your male friend that you like it? I told him I liked an outfit and he gave it to me. I have come to realise that no matter what I do , people would talk. I don’t let it get to me.