In a rareinterview, rising star Kiss Daniel real name Daniel Anidupe talked about his hit single Woju, his education at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, NYSC program and more.
Read excerpts below
On how he got the name “Kiss Daniel”;
I got the name when I was in school. I have a dimple in my cheek and in school, when you had dimples in both cheeks, you were called ‘Kisses’. Since I have just one, I was called ‘Kiss.’ Because there were other Daniels in school, the ladies added Kiss to my first name to tell me apart from the others. So, when I started music I decided to stick with the name.
On his Education
I am a graduate of Water Engineering from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. My intent was to seek employment in a bank if music did not work out. But I tried music and it worked out for me. I am presently undergoing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps programme.
I still report at my place of primary assignment. I know what I want. NYSC is important; so is my career. I wanted to empower myself and I did not want to graduate and start searching for a job. God has been faithful and things fell in place for me. There is no clash at all. My boss at my PPA understands and he has been wonderful. I still do what I have to do. I teach English language, Mathematics and Physics.
On his hit single Woju
Woju is not my first song. I wrote it three years ago when I was in school, but I recorded it a few months ago. It was inspired by some of the good songs I listened to. When I listen to songs like that, I strive to make something that would sound better. Sometimes, I get inspiration by just sitting and hearing tunes play in my head.
On his Water Engineering degree
My certificate is intact. I still need it for endorsements. I also intend to do some business, so it will come in handy. Moreover, I have to show my kids proof that I went to school.
On his life since singing Woju
A lot has changed about me. My professional career started on May 1, 2014 and since then, I have received numerous favours from people. God has been good and some A-list artistes have commended and supported me as well.