Nigerian singer Mayorkun, born Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, recently shared the reason behind concealing his mother’s identity for four years.
In an interview with media personality Taymesan, published on YouTube, Mayorkun explained that he kept his mother, who is Nollywood veteran Toyin Adewale, hidden to shield her from the insincere attention and artificial admiration that often comes with fame.
The ‘Mama’ crooner said, “Growing up, my brother and I did not like that our mom was a famous actress. We wanted freedom, but with her fame came fake attention and all.
“I hated going somewhere and being treated differently, not because you like me but because I am Toyin Adewale’s son.
“Even in my university, people did not know she was my mother for four years. I was intentional about this.
“My mom brought food to me at school once, and a girl saw her. I quickly ran to where she was to get the items she came with just so no one else saw her.”