Nigerian Afrobeats superstar, David Adeleke better known as Davido has revealed the advise his father gave him after raising N200m through donation from friends and colleagues.
Speaking on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the singer also talked about how some people thought he spent the money after promising to donate it all to orphanages across Nigeria.
Davido raised N200 million ($600k) during his birthday last year after he called on people he’s helped to ‘show love’.
He, however, explained that after raising the money, his father, Mr. Adeleke told him not to keep the $600,000, so after deliberations, they decided to give it all out.
In his words; “I started calling famous people…I was like c’mon you know I made a hit song for you last year. I was like everybody that I have helped in one way or the other, that’s why this tour is called we rise by lifting others. I was scared it came up to $600,000 and at this point, I’m like can I keep this?.
“We know that so much is going on around the world and I was like I can’t be that insensitive and I spoke to my dad who is my mentor and he said ‘you know you can’t keep that money.’ A lot of people were like no keep it, you’ve done so much for the community.
“I woke up the next day, reflecting on my whole life and how God has blessed me. So we decided to donate all $600,000 to orphanages across the country. Just for accountability, it took months to disburse because we had to know which orphanage is real,” he explained.
“Then I started getting tweets like ‘this dude kept the money.’ Because after that, I bought two more cars. I bought a Lamborghini…that was just my money though.”
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DAVIDO: I got $600,000 in donations but my Dad told me I can't keep that money. We think the same.
TREVOR NOAH: Nigerians like giving people money. pic.twitter.com/jLBdo9qcZr
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