“I vowed to always buy shoes when I become successful because I was having only one fake designer shoe at a point in my life” – Joeboy

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Popular Nigerian singer, Joeboy has opened up on some of the challenges he faced while growing up as a kid before attaining the limelight.

He waded into his life in a recent interview with popular media personality, Chude Jideonwo disclosed how he was embarrassed as a kid for owing school fees hence that affected his self-esteem.

Speaking on his struggles before getting to where he is, the top-charting artiste spoke on how he worked under the hot sun to promote a product in Ogun State just to make earns meet.

According to him, it got to a time he only had one shoe in his life and it was also a fake designer shoe so it made him vow that he will always buy shoes when he eventually becomes successful.

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In his words, “Sometimes I felt everything should just end because it was difficult.

“I remember after secondary school, I didn’t have money, I was looking for a job. I remember going for a full month looking for a job.

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“I would prepare my CV. There was a time I trekked from Ilaje to Sabo in search of a job with my friend. We submitted our CVs but didn’t get the jobs eventually.

“I eventually got a job to promote products for a company under the sun. They took us to redeem camp in Ogun state, it was difficult. We were paid N5000 a week.”

At that point, life was hard, I remember I only had one Nike shoe and it was fake. So, one promise I made to myself was that when I finally blow, I’ll always buy shoes.

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“So, these days, when I’m down, I just step out to buy shoes. Life was more difficult than failing an exam or owing school fees.

“There was a particular time this happened to me. I’ll just say when a child is owing school fees, don’t call the child out. Just tell the child not to go to school.

“Don’t flog kids for owing school fees, the child doesn’t have money. School owners should not embarrass a child for owing school fees.”

“It was really embarrassing for me at the time because it affected my esteem at that point.”


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