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I wanted to be musician, not politician – Gov Adeleke

Osun State governor, Ademola Adeleke, said he would have been a musician and not a politician if he was not discouraged by his father. The…

Osun State governor, Ademola Adeleke, said he would have been a musician and not a politician if he was not discouraged by his father.

The governor is nicknamed ‘Dancing Governor’ due to his cheerful dances in public, many of which went viral on social media.

Adeleke is an uncle to Nigerian music star, David Adeleke (Davido). His dances became a subject during his governorship campaign as his opponents said he was unfit for the serious job of governance, while his supporters said such trait showed that he would be socially accessible by all.

During an interview on ARISE TV on Wednesday, the 63-year-old politician said he had wanted to be a musician since childhood.

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He said, “Actually, I was supposed to be a musician right away. But my father, when we were growing up in the sixties, didn’t allow it. They didn’t believe that somebody should go and do music. They just wanted you to go to school. So he discouraged me. But I know that I have that talent. It’s the talent I passed on to my nephew and my son.

“If you play music now, I don’t know how, I would just start dancing. My body would just start moving without knowing it.

“I got to America in 1981. The name of my school that time in Alabama was Jacksonville State University. It was in the countryside. At that time, the school was having their anniversary, a lot of activities were happening there. So I picked the dancing part. So, after the stages, we got to the finals.

“So to cut the long story short, I won. I remember vividly, the president of our school was trying to pronounce my name – Ademola Adeleke – he called me Jackson. And at that time Michael Jackson was reigning. So that’s how I got the name Jackson.”

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