Fast-rising Nigerian singer, Charles Chibueze Chukwu known professionally as Crayon has opened on how he abandoned school to focus fully on music.
In a recent interview with Kim Oprah on Hip TV, the Mavin signee disclosed that he gave up on obtaining a university degree after taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) five times.
During his fifth attempt, the singer said he had already encountered a friend in the music industry named Baby Fresh and he took that as an inspiration to make a “significant sacrifice” for the sake of his music career.
Crayon who once revealed that he is the first millionaire in both his parents lingage insinuated that he could have gotten into the University of Lagos, because he was halfway through the post-UTME before making the decision to leave the hall, a choice he never told his parents.
He added that part of what gave him confidence was that after he met Babyfresh, he also met music executive Don Jazzy, who subsequently signed him to the Mavin record label. Crayon said in part:
“On the fifth try, I had already met Baby Fresh, who used to work at Mavin. Juggling school and music simultaneously is quite stressful in Nigeria. Music alone is demanding.”
“So I sat down with my parents and told them, ‘Mom and Dad, I want to pursue music.’ I explained that it felt like my heart was leading me in that direction. My dad suggested that I give the fifth try a chance, and if it didn’t work out, I could pursue music.”
Watch him speak below: