Dad only approved Yoruba for communication while growing up in UK – Naira Marley
British-Nigerian singer Azeez Adeshina Fashola aka Naira Marley, has why he speaks Yoruba fluently despite growing up in London, the United Kingdom.
The Marlian Music boss, who raps mostly in Yoruba, said his dad banned them from speaking in English in their house while allowing only Yoruba.
He disclosed this in an interview with Cool FM Nigeria in Lagos.
Naira Marley said: “What made it easy for me to blend with Nigerian street music is that I grew up in South-East London, Peckham to be precise. That is like small Lagos, you know what I mean?
“And all my life in England, my dad banned speaking English in the house. So, we had to speak Yoruba and all these Yoruba stuff. I still listen to Fuji. We eat African foods. Even though I’m in England, it was like I’m still in Nigeria. Yeah, it was easy for me. When I came back to Nigeria, people didn’t really know I came from London”.
The singer said he could have been a footballer, adding that he played for Arsenal youth team while in England.