Wale Visits Family in Nigeria For the First time [Photos/Video]
Rucuss staffDecember 4, 2013
Wale paid a visit to his father’s home country Nigeria over the weekend.
It was the Bad rapper’s first time there. Wale traveled to Nigeria to perform at a Johnnie Walker event, but took the opportunity to meet with his family. He admitted to a reporter that only 15 percent of his family lived in the United States.
Wale told a reporter outside the airport that he was excited to finally meet the rest of his family.
“I feel good. I was excited. I could barely sleep,” Wale said about traveling to Nigeria. “Its a real moment to finally be here, man. I’m blessed. I’m excited about it.[…]I’m curious. I’m more curious as to what it’s going to bring to me than what I’m gonna bring.”
Wale continued, “I’m just very alert and really curious about everything from the food to the fashion to the people. The little idiosyncrasies that are within the country. Being that I’m a very family oriented person, only 15 percent of my family lives in the States. Everybody else is here so I got a lot of ground to cover.”
During and interview with Lagos Beat FM radio, Wale revealed that he was never able to travel to Nigeria because he grew up poor and didn’t have the money to afford a plane ticket.
“I grew up poor. When we lived in DC we lived in the projects,” Wale told Lagos FM radio. “In Maryland we lived in the projects. To get a ticket to Nigeria on a $20,000 yearly income for my family, that wasn’t really…and by the time we started getting money, I’m a knucklehead.”
Wale added, “A 14-year-old, 15-year-old with a decent job, I’m not gonna save up to go to Nigeria. That’s not how I was thinking when I was at that age. Then I was in college and money [was] tight. Then I get this record deal when I dropped out of school, you running around so much you don’t have time to barely see your own parents at home. It took some time, but I’m here now.”
During his Johnnie Walker performance, Wale brought out Nigerian artist Seyi Shay on stage to perform Bad with him. He also gave a shout out to his dad during the show while using a Yoruba accent. Check out a few more photos and video from his trip below.
Wale, uncle and father
Wale, his Uncle Bayo and grandfather
Wale posing with more of his family. Watch footage of Wale in Nigeria below.
Photos via AfricaMusic Law
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