Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, a Nigerian-American recording artiste, says he once held four jobs at the same time, in a bid to make money and also focus on his music.


The Classic Man, as he’s popularly known, studied engineering at Stanford University, California, US.

Halfway through his degree programme, Jidenna said he realised music and entertainment were his calling – so once school was over, he chose to teach.

“I studied a programme that had science technology and a little bit of music – It was basically electrical engineering: how to build all these stuff in the studio,” said Jidenna while speaking on a Beat FM show.


“After school, I decided to teach, mainly to make a little income and have enough time to work on music.

“I had to work four jobs and work on my music every day,” he said.

Jidenna, who released his debut album The Chief on February 17, said teaching helped him become a performer.


“I used to very shy but because I was in front of children every day, I had to put on a show. So I became a performer by virtue of teaching so it was a blessing in disguise,” he said.

“I worked in some of the worst schools in New York city. I worked in transfer schools. You get transferred there because you were suspended from another school. If you don’t make it there, it’s either you were in jail or end up pregnant.”

Music, he said, is his “most powerful tool”, yet added that he’ll eventually get involved in many endeavours to foster Nigeria and Africa’s development.

“My hand is going to be in every industry. I have a vision for the entire continent. I want to create the bridge,” he added.


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