Renowned Nigerian musician Kizz Daniel, whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, has shared his childhood ordeal and how it profoundly impacted his social interactions. He acknowledged that during his youth, he struggled with excess weight, and this led to him being subjected to ridicule and bullying by his peers, which ultimately led him to withdraw and stay indoors.
The singer known for his hit “Buga” revealed that he continues to grapple with social interaction difficulties due to the distressing memories of his childhood.
Kizz Daniel shared this during a recent discussion on the Afrobeats Podcast, hosted by Adesope Olajide, a British-Nigerian media personality. He also mentioned that on occasion, he turns to alcohol as a means of coping with social anxiety.
“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 socialise with people.”