Popular Nigerian singer, Sulaimon Shekoni Solomon, well known as Khaid, has opened up about his early struggles before he came into the limelight.
He disclosed that his father was a tailor while his mother was a teacher and a hairstylist.
The Headies nominee claimed that he was born into a household of ten, which included his parents and eight children, including himself.
He stated that he did not finish his studies because, when he finished high school, he did not want to go to university because he was frightened of taking the JAMB exam.
The ‘Anabella’ crooner, however, noted that in the course of hustling after high school, he has worked as a mechanic, painter, and barber.
He stated that he was still a mechanic when he received a message from skit maker, Sydney Talker, asking to sign him into his record label.
Khaid said; “I grew up in a family of eight kids. My dad was a tailor and my mum was a teacher as well as a hairstylist. I grew up in the Ojo area of Lagos State.”
“My primary and secondary education was at Ola Greater Tomorrow School, Ojo. I started singing when I was in secondary school after which I dabbled in different street hustles. I was once a mechanic, a painter and barber.
“I was influenced to do music from a very young age because my parents were music lovers.”
“My dad loved fuji music and my mom listened to Michael Jackson. By constantly listening to Michael Jackson, I got exposed to more foreign music. That was where my love for trap music grew and I started making trap songs.”
“I was still a mechanic when Sydney Talker sent me a message on Instagram. When I saw that he followed me and ‘liked’ some of my posts, I thought it was a fake account.
“So, I did not bother to check it out. When I eventually checked it, I wanted to send him a message to thank him for following me. But I realized he already texted me.”
“We kept talking until one day, I just told him I was in Lagos Island and asked if I could come see him. I went to his house and I came up with about six songs. After a freestyle session, I later got signed and we did the paperwork.”
Speaking on completing his education, Khaid said; “I still have plans to go to university. Immediately after I left secondary school, I did not want to go to university because I was scared of writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. Also, I was a mechanic at the time up until I got signed to a record label.”