Kizz Daniel, whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, shared his childhood experience with bullying on a recent episode of Afrobeats, hosted by Adesope Olajide.
He candidly discussed how being overweight during his early years led to relentless teasing and taunting from other children. These childhood experiences had a profound impact on him, prompting him to retreat into his own imaginative world and affecting his ability to connect with others in social settings.
He said, “I have built a world of my own in my head since I was little. Because growing up, I was a fat kid. I was chubby. So, I don’t go out because the kids in the area make fun of me. They called me “orobo“ (someone who is fat). And they bullied me. So I always stay indoors, during that time that I always stayed indoors, I’d already built this fantasy world in my head. In the world that I have built in my head, I’m very comfortable in that space. So, I reintroduced myself to the world after I lost weight; I lost all forms of social skills. I don’t know how to communicate. I don’t know how to socialize with people.” Kizz Daniel added that he takes alcohol sometimes to be able to deal with social anxieties.
The award-winning artist also gave reasons why his recent album Maverick consists of 20 tracks as against the 7-12 tracks other artists are used to.
He revealed that he did so because had so many songs and he stated “I am a studio rat with too many songs and I can put 50 tracks in one album”.