BNXN, the Nigerian singer formerly called Buju, has recalled his struggle with social insecurity during the early years of his career.

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The singer spoke of his upbringing in an interview with Joey Akan, the music journalist.

BNXN was born in Lagos and hails from Akwa Ibom state. He grew up in Gbagada with his family and later relocated to Mowe in Ogun state.

The singer, while recalling the class difference between his background and the people he mingled with, said he felt insecure and inferior at a point.

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He said he would later tap into the sense of community that came with living in his neighborhood.

“I moved to Mowe at around 10-11 years of age. I had to school in Ogun state. Gbagada had a whole more happening in it. Mowé was a lot more rural. There, it was very hard to dream,” he said.

“Everyone around was the affluent ones. But we were just regular middle-class people. I found myself coming to Lagos just to feel something. I was very insecure. I went to some of the best schools.

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“I met kids from the best backgrounds but I wasn’t that guy. Whenever they were having certain conversations, I always somewhat felt inferior, especially when I told my friends I wanted to make music.

“I didn’t feel like I could fit in but I knew I could achieve it. Sometimes, that social switch messed with me. You’d ask me where I stayed and I’d lie to you I was in Lagos. Nobody followed me home but some knew.

“If anything, it was the dynamics in living [that I held onto]. People were interested in hearing you out. I enjoyed the fact that no one was judging anyone. And there was a sense of community.”

BNXN was recently announced as the winner of the ‘Next Rated’ category at this year’s The Headies.

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The singer has continued to enjoy fame since establishing himself as a formidable Nigerian hitmaker.

Last year, he also snagged the City People Entertainment Awards for the ‘Revelation of the Year’ category in 2020.

He featured on the top-charting single ‘Feeling’ by Ladipoe and the song ‘Bling’ by Blaqbonez.

The singer has also worked with a league of big names in the Nigerian music industry.

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