Davido [Photo: Courtesy]

Nigerian music star Davido has recounted his father’s humble beginnings. Davido said his billionaire father, Adedeji Adeleke, started out at Burger King in the United States of America (USA).

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The award-winning Afro-beat sensation said his father is living proof of dignity in working hard. “The inspiration for me has been my father, a Nigerian-American like me. He studied in the States. I studied there myself. I went to HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), a predominantly black college, my dad went to one as well. He used to work at Burger King. He was a manager at Burger King,” said Davido.

The Jowo crooner explained that he also struggled to get by and lived in a tiny apartment but is now on course to becoming the next billionaire in Nigeria. "Damn I went to my old apartments where I used to live 12 years ago with Sina and B red!!! As hard as it is to believe, we had no money, no support just us and a dream!! 12 years later! We millions in! Road to a billion!!! We thank God!! Never stop believing!!"

A message of hope Davido reiterated in an interview with NPR’s Tiny Desk when recounted his mother’s passing after suffering a cardiac arrest on his father’s birthday.

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“I was about 10 to 11 years old when she died. She died on my father’s birthday. I always wish that she should have been alive. I would have bought her a lot of diamonds and houses but she knew that I was going to be great. My mother was from Benin. I think I’m like her; I inherited her agility. She helped so many people to date. I go to some places and people would tell me what my mother did for them. Before my mother died, I was a mummy’s boy because my father was always busy. He was working and always travelling to places like China,” said Davido.