American/Nigerian rapper Wale, has shown on his tracks timelessly that he is proudly Nigerian. But what baffles most people is the fact that after all these years, this is his first time of stepping foot in a country he claims to love so much.
In a one on one radio chat with Toolz on Beat FM yesterday, Wale explained the reason why he’s never been to Nigeria until now was because his parents, who are both from Ondo state, were so poor they couldn’t afford a bring him home.
“I grew up poor. We lived in DC, in the projects. Getting a ticket to Nigeria on $20, 000 income yearly, to my family that wasn’t really… you know…like I was a 15 year old with a decent job, I’m not going to save up to go to Nigeria. That wasn’t what I was thinking when I was that age. And then I was in college and the money tight right then. And then I get this record deal when I dropped out of school, you’re running around so much you don’t even have time to see your own parents”